Kingwood Medical Center June 04, 2018

Kingwood Medical Center, an HCA affiliated hospital, is committed to the care and improvement of human life, and quality of care is their top priority.  An example of this commitment is the care of stroke victims.  KWMC is proud to be the only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the northeast  Houston area.  DNV-GL Healthcare, an international certification authority, performs an annual survey to test the hospital's processes and ensure that quality of care and patient safety meet national standards.  During their inspection in April, the surveyors were highly impressed with the hospital's speed in delivering treatment when a patient arrives at the Emergency Room with symptoms of a stroke.  

When someone experiences symptoms of a stroke such as facial drooping, difficulty with speech, and/or weakness/paralysis of limbs, it is important that he/she be taken immediately to an Emergency Room in a hospital.  A drug called Alteplase can be given, if the patient meets certain requirements, that may reverse these symptoms and prevent the stroke from worsening. Administering the medication as soon as possible is important to receive full benefit of the drug and prevent brain damage from the stroke.  In the 2nd quarter of 2017, the average time to receive this drug at KWMC was 55 minutes.  While this was better than the national goal of 60 minutes, the staff felt that there was an opportunity to decrease this time even more. A team was formed that consisted of representatives from all involved departments, such as Emergency Room doctors and nurses, pharmacists, CAT scan technologists, lab technologists, and local paramedics.  The team mapped out the current process and discussed ways to complete each step faster.  After activating the new process, the average time to receiving medication was reduced from 55 minutes to 39 minutes!  By decreasing the time to treatment, KWMC is honoring it's mission of Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.  The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized KWMC with their Gold Plus-Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll award for results in the care of stroke patients.

Kingwood Medical Center is a 439 -bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for over 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac, neuroscience and women services  programs. The hospital has been recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2014. We received an “A” from the prestigious Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused exclusively on hospital safety. Its A, B, C, D or F letter grades are a quick way for consumers to choose the safest hospital to seek care.

Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center in partnership with Solis, 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 GI Center located in Humble complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. For more information, visit our website at www.kingwoodmedical.com

Kingwood Medical Center complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, payment source or ability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 17 hospitals, nine ambulatory surgical centers, 10 freestanding 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 www.HCAGulfCoast.com.