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NASSAU BAY— (March 22, 2017) — Houston Methodist St. John Hospital is set to embark on the next stage in the redevelopment of Nassau Bay Shopping Village, located adjacent to the hospital campus in the 18000 block of Upper Bay Road.

The hospital, which purchased the 8-acre property in late 2015, has already invested in mold remediation and installation of air conditioning in the second-floor office/storage space portion of the center. In April, the hospital will repave the parking lot and add improved parking lot lighting, and begin demolition of the unused portion of the center to make way for new parking capacity for hospital staff.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the State of Texas have designated HCA Gulf Coast hospitals Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC) as Level II Trauma Centers. The two hospitals are the first to be awarded this designation in the greater Houston area.

Recovery is greatly increased when a severely injured patient receives care at a designated trauma center within the first hour of injury. The Conroe and Clear Lake medical centers’ trauma programs are staffed 24 hours a day by in-house trauma surgeons and specially trained trauma nurses. Physician specialists are available 24/7 to treat traumatic injuries.

“Conroe Regional Medical Center and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center are proud to offer Level II trauma services to the citizens of the communities they serve, services which are sorely needed,” said Troy Villarreal, CEO of the HCA Gulf Coast Division. “Those areas have been experiencing huge growth, and as the leading hospitals in their areas, CRMC and CLRMC need to provide the people who live there with the best trauma care possible. Achieving this Level II Trauma Center status is another example of how we are always striving to serve the residents of our communities."

“HCA Gulf Coast Division identified a strong need for a Level II trauma center several years ago to support the continued growth in the Conroe and Clear Lake areas. We are proud of the staffs of CRMC and CLRMC for successfully achieving this esteemed status,” Villarreal continued. “This only came about after extensive criteria were met, site reviews, and evaluations were carried out. Achieving Level II designation is extremely difficult, and our staff’s dedication to it is already resulting in more lives being saved in the Conroe and Clear Lake areas.”

About Conroe Regional Medical Center
Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is a tertiary acute care hospital that has been serving the community for more than 75 years. It provides a 24-hour Level II trauma center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, cardiac care services, women’s center, daVinci robotic surgery, neurosciences, pediatric care, rehabilitation therapy, sleep center, radiology, hyperbaric medicine, diagnostic/imaging services, and wound care facility as well as a Satellite Imaging Center – Lake Area Imaging in Montgomery. CRMC is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center and has an Accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information on Conroe Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, please call 936-539-1111 or go to www.conroeregional.com.

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes a Level II trauma center, The Brain & Spine Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, a bariatrics program, an NAPBC-accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, a Commission on Cancer-accredited oncology program, a Level IIIb Neonatal ICU, the area’s only pediatric emergency department and pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 900, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at clearlakermc.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, 6 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  www.HCAGulfCoast.com.

mosquitos croppedPhysicians at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital encourage Bay Area residents – especially those who are expecting or who plan to become pregnant soon – to take common-sense precautions against the Zika virus.

“Zika can have serious consequences for unborn babies, but the good news is that it can easily be prevented with a few simple safeguards,” says Sri Gottimukkala, M.D., of Houston Methodist Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates at St. John. “For women in their child-bearing years, the best approach is to be cautious and make certain that you and your partner are protected.”

The Zika virus is found primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is spread directly by the bite of the Aedes species of mosquito as well as through contact with the semen of an infected man.

When contracted by pregnant women, Zika can cause the neurological defect known as microcephaly, or incomplete brain development, in their newborn babies. It is less serious in non-pregnant adults and children, causing fever, joint/muscle pain and conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye.”

As of early July, there has not been a reported case of locally contracted Zika in Texas. The small number of individuals here who developed the disease did so after traveling to a virus hot spot.