Kingwood, Texas, June 13, 2017 — In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, The Women & Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center hosted an educational and restorative evening featuring Women’s Wellness. Activities included informational talks by Liet Le, M.D. (Dermatology), followed by Noel Boyd, M.D. (OB/Gyn), Jennifer Browning, M.D. (OB/Gyn), and Chirag Parghi, M.D. (Radiologist specializing in Breast Imaging). In addition to the physician presentations, attendees enjoyed a variety of “pamper stations,” tours of the Women’s Center, an “Ask the Nurse” booth, appetizers, beverages and door prizes.
Liet Le, M.D. opened the event with a presentation entitled “Is this Cancer?” His presentation was both informative and interactive, showing the audience a variety of skin lesions, and asking them to identify what they saw. He shared his expertise on skin disease, offered advice on when to seek medical attention, and the potential options for treatment. Dr. Le recently relocated his practice to the Lake Houston area where he offers traditional dermatology, esthetics and MOHS surgery. Blemishes and wrinkles are common problems, but there are thousands of conditions that can affect the skin. Some cause mild symptoms, others can be serious and interfere with everyday life. Redness, itching, pain, and rashes are all signs that you should see a dermatologist. Treatments can improve the look of the skin, and regular checkups for skin cancer can save your life. “As a dermatologist,” Dr. Le remarked, “I meet people who are unsure if they are seeing the right person for their problem. More often than not, I am the right person to see for whatever skin, hair, or nail issue they are experiencing. I diagnose and treat conditions that affect these major areas.”
Drs. Boyd and Browning teamed up to discuss a variety of female issues, including the prevelance of sexually transmitted diseases and how to protect against them. They recommend that young women meet with a gynecologist as early as 13, to begin building a rapport with the physician. An obstetrics/ gynecologist specializes in the health and diseases of the female reproductive system and assist women during their pregnancies. Every woman should see a gynecologist to promote good health, especially before planning conception. Physicians can advise older women about menopause and hormone replacement therapy. Keeping a close relationship with your gynecologist is helpful throughout the years.
Chirag Parghi, M.D., Kingwood Medical Center’s Breast Center medical director and fellowship-trained breast imager, educated the group with a light hearted and interactive discussion on the importance of early detection and screening mammograms. Dr. Parghi began by saying that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. “Our goal is to provide our patients the highest level of breast care,” said Parghi “and provide a comprehensive, aggressive approach in all patients affected with breast cancer. We strive to offer a personalized experience to everyone that walks into our center. Our mission does not end with reading the mammogram; we also take pride in navigating patients through our system to obtain any additional clinical appointments or surgeries that they may need.”
The Women & Children’s Center serves as the bedrock for the entire family. Whether a woman is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, needs gynecological surgery or an annual mammogram, Kingwood Medical Center offers caring, timely services for women of all ages. Monthly educational classes offered include Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, Infant Safety and CPR, Newborn Care, a Sibling Class and a Grandparents Class. The Women and Children’s Center provides a full range of expertise from prenatal care through labor and delivery to postpartum care. The newborn nursery, neonatal transport team and Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units provide comprehensive care close to home for the tiniest patients. At Kingwood Medical Center, neonatologists work with neonatal nurse practitioners, who are on the unit 24/7, along with other specially trained registered nurses to monitor and care for each baby in the unit. The family-centered unit encourages skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent through “Kangaroo Care,” and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged.
The Pediatrics team includes board-certified pediatricians and subspecialists in pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, neonatology, ophthalmology and pulmonology. With all of these advantages, you do not have to drive far because Kingwood Medical Center is located in your community.
The Pediatric Emergency Department is the only dedicated emergency room in northeast Houston serving children ages 0-18. The Pediatric Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located at the south entrance next to the Women & Children’s Center. The facility features a child-themed environment intended to ease the stress of pediatric patients and their parents. Their team includes pediatricians, ER physicians and specialists as well as registered nurses skilled in communicating with and caring for children.
The Obstetrical Emergency Department provides in-hospital coverage, 24/7. Pregnant women with obstetric and gynecologic medical issues are evaluated and medical professionals consult with the patient’s primary physician, or OB/GYN, until her own physician arrives at the hospital. The hospitalists are located in a new OB emergency room in the Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical. “The OB/GYN Hospitalist program demonstrates Kingwood Medical Center’s commitment to quality of care and innovation," said Melinda Stephenson, CEO.
“Hosting this wellness event is one of the many ways The Women & Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center increases awareness about the health services we provide,” remarked Stephenson. “This program not only improves the quality of care for our patients, but also serves to continue the Kingwood Medical Center tradition of leading the way in the overall care of the community."
For more information on attending please, contact Devon.Alexander@HCAHealthcare.com.
About Kingwood Medical Center
22999 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339
Kingwood Medical Center is a 373-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.
Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area’s only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The Wound Care Center and The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. www.kingwoodmedical.com
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 7 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.