Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast Expands, Offers New Services
Ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation in patient satisfaction, the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast has expanded its services to better meet the needs of patients in southeast Houston and the Bay Area communities.
"One of our major initiatives this past year was to expand our cancer expertise and grow the complexity of the services we provide to allow patients to access superior care close to home,” says Kyle Price, senior vice present and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
“We’ve added new physicians to the cancer service line, both private physicians and faculty affiliated with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Our goal was to form a well-rounded multispecialty group of oncology experts who can treat all types and aspects of cancer, and provide comprehensive collaborative care. In addition to the physicians we’ve added, we’ve also added oncology nurse navigators and oncology certified nurses and upgraded our technology, adding a higher level of care that patients previously had to seek outside the community.”
Among the physicians who have added expertise to the Cancer Center is Curtis Wray, M.D., a surgical oncologist whose areas of clinical expertise include open and minimally invasive surgery for gastric, liver, pancreatic, bile duct and colorectal cancers. Dr. Wray is an associate professor at McGovern Medical School and also is affiliated with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
“As Memorial Hermann Southeast has grown, UTHealth has expanded its collaboration with the hospital to the extent that we now have six Texas Medical Center cancer surgeons practicing here,” says Dr. Wray. “The one missing piece was surgical oncology for liver and pancreas, which I now provide. We have a lot of highly skilled gastroenterologists performing advanced endoscopic procedures at the hospital – procedures needed to diagnose these types of cancers. Previously our cancer care was fragmented. Patients could be diagnosed here and receive chemotherapy but had to go to the medical center for surgery, then come back here for additional chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Having everything under the same roof ensures patients access to efficient, comprehensive care and allows us as physicians to partner in the management of these patients, providing timely, convenient, high-quality care. The facilities at the Cancer Center here are top notch.”
Board-certified subspecialists affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast include medical oncology and radiation oncology, as well as specialists in surgical oncology, including breast, pancreatic, liver, sarcoma and melanoma; gynecologic oncology; thoracic and lung surgery; colorectal surgery; and urological surgery. They collaborate closely, discussing cases at the hospital’s biweekly Multidisciplinary Cancer Conference, along with radiologists, pathologists and oncology nurse navigators, to make the best possible recommendations for patient-specific treatment plans.
Minimally invasive technology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer at the Center includes the da Vinci® Surgical System; video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer; iLogic™ Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ for biopsy of peripheral small lung lesions; endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for the diagnosis of lung cancer, infections and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest; and radioembolization (Y90) for liver cancer treatment.
A recent expansion of the Infusion Therapy Suite allows patients undergoing cancer treatment to receive their chemotherapy infusions, immunotherapy, blood transfusions, IV and subcutaneous medications, and fluid/electrolyte replacements in a renovated area in the Cancer Center itself. The suite is staffed by oncology-certified nurses who continually monitor and assess patients through the course of their treatment.
With today’s rapid scientific and technological advances in cancer care, oncology nursing certification ensures that nurses at the Cancer Center have the specialized knowledge and experience to provide superior care.
“Originally our Cancer Center housed radiation therapy, and our infusion suite was a small room on the first floor of the hospital, separate from the Center,” says Shannon Kimich, cancer service line administrator at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
“With the renovation, infusion therapy is now located adjacent to radiation therapy in the Center. It’s a much larger and pleasant area where patients can move around and feel more at home.”
For more information about the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast, call 281.929.4200.