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Fort Bend County's OakBend Medical Center needs nurses amid COVID-19 surge, CEO says
July 10, 2020

Fort Bend County's OakBend Medical Center needs nurses amid COVID-19 surge, CEO says

Story courtesy of Houston Business Journal. A nonprofit health system in Fort Bend County needs more nurses to staff its intensive care units and emergency departments, its CEO said. OakBend Medical Center, a 274-bed health system based in Richmond, has engaged staffing agencies to help ramp up the nursing staff, CEO Joe Freudenberger told the…

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Houston doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 war tell tales of grueling shifts, death and tragedy
July 10, 2020

Houston doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 war tell tales of grueling shifts, death and tragedy

Story courtesy of Bill Spencer with KRPC Channel 2 Click2Houston. HOUSTON – Dr. Gildardo Ceballos, a 20-year, veteran, internal medicine doc suits up in his personal protective equipment to begin yet another long, agonizing day in the war against COVID-19. “I feel frustrated because I feel powerless because the patients, they die, despite all the…

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The New Nursing Normal
July 8, 2020

The New Nursing Normal

The face of nursing has changed since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic nursing could be a tough job. Since COVID-19, the job of nursing has a new face, especially when working on a designated COVID unit. A week before COVID became a pandemic, Brandy Snyder accepted the position of 4th Floor Medical Surgical Manager….

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COVID-19 Changes ICU
July 8, 2020

COVID-19 Changes ICU

Things have changed in the ICU department. But many of the changes have affected the ICU nurses. Anthony Lundquist, the Charge Nurse in the Jackson Street Intensive Care Unit (ICU), has been a part of these changes. From being screened when arriving at the hospital to changing into the PPE equipment every time they go…

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COVID-19 and Its Impact On Hospital Technology – Where Do We Go From Here?
July 8, 2020

COVID-19 and Its Impact On Hospital Technology – Where Do We Go From Here?

OakBend Medical Center’s Information Technology (IT) Department has been working almost around the clock to keep the hospital up-to-date on everything it needs to continue functioning during the pandemic. We sat down with Tim McCarty, Vice President of Support Services and head of the IT Department to find out what OakBend was doing to help…

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Diabetes and COVID-19
July 8, 2020

Diabetes and COVID-19

If you’ve been keeping up with federal guidance on who’s at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, you know that people with diabetes are among the affected groups. People older than 60, along with those who have respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and heart disease are, too, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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OakBend Medical Group Opens Second Drive-Thru Covid-19 Testing Site
July 8, 2020

OakBend Medical Group Opens Second Drive-Thru Covid-19 Testing Site

OakBend Medical Group will be opening its second COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The new site will be in Wharton, Texas at the OakBend Medical Center -Wharton Hospital Campus. The site will be set up in the front parking area of the hospital at 10141 US Hwy 59 Rd., Wharton, Texas 77488…

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COVID-19 and Your Heart
July 7, 2020

COVID-19 and Your Heart

As COVID- 19 causes havoc on the world, more and more people are dying. Those who are fortunate to survive still deal with complications thereafter. Certainly, mortality and morbidity have both been on the rise. Many people link the COVID- 19 virus to the direct cause of death. However, we have failed to recognize that…

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New Hospital Grads Find a Way to Make a Difference
May 6, 2020

New Hospital Grads Find a Way to Make a Difference

OakBend Medical Center’s Nurse Residency Program has a brand-new set of nurses. And, with these new grads came new ideas on how to help their patients. According to the graduated, “As new nurses, we were always taught the importance of providing emotional support and a sense of hope to get our patients through their stay….

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OakBend Medical Center Revises Visitor Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 27, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Revises Visitor Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic

OakBend Medical Center has revised its visitation hours during the COVID-19 Pandemic and these changes will remain in effect until further notice: Effective March 27, 2020 there will be no visitors allowed to enter our facilities, with the follow exceptions: ER patients are allowed one visitor; Labor and Delivery patients are allowed one significant other;…

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OakBend Medical Center Revises Visitation Hours During Pandemic
March 19, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Revises Visitation Hours During Pandemic

OakBend Medical Center has revised its visitation hours during the COVID-19 Pandemic and these changes will remain in effect until further notice: Visitation hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors will be allowed through the front doors only; Visitors will be limited to one adult (18-65 years of age) per patient, per day; ER…

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OakBend Medical Center Hiring Temporary Help
March 19, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Hiring Temporary Help

OakBend Medical Center is looking for nursing students and displaced service industry employees for temporary work at the hospital’s two Richmond campuses. If the candidate is approved after the interview, they will be hired at that time to begin as soon as possible. To find out more regarding these positions, please click on the following…

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OakBend Medical Center Takes COVID-19 Precautions for Patients, Visitors and Staff
March 13, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Takes COVID-19 Precautions for Patients, Visitors and Staff

OakBend Medical Center has been preparing for potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) patients since the cases were announced in China. Protocols and policies are in place to ensure the safety of the patients and staff while providing appropriate care to patients. Our staff is on a daily calls with the Department of State Health Services to get…

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OakBend Medical Center One of Three Texas Hospitals with Nation's Best Cauti Rates
March 10, 2020

OakBend Medical Center One of Three Texas Hospitals with Nation's Best Cauti Rates

OakBend Medical Center is one of three Texas hospitals to have the lowest rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the United States. The results are from the CMS’ Hospital Compare website and represent the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores for the hospitals. There were only 58 hospitals in the…

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OakBend Medical Center Volunteers Participate in "Little Hats, Big Hearts"
February 3, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Volunteers Participate in "Little Hats, Big Hearts"

OakBend Medical Center volunteers have joined the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February. Little Hats, Big Hearts™, honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Volunteers knit and crochet red hats…

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OakBend Medical Center's Roots Run Deep
January 21, 2020

OakBend Medical Center's Roots Run Deep

On January 15, 2020, OakBend Medical Center celebrated its 70th Birthday. During the past 70 years, the hospital has continued to service the community and to expand and grow. Today it is the largest healthcare system in Fort Bend County, and the only remaining independent hospital in the Greater Houston area. The hospital’s roots run…

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OakBend Medical Center Receives Wharton Chamber Business of the Year Award
January 14, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Receives Wharton Chamber Business of the Year Award

OakBend Medical Center has received Wharton Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award. The award was started in 2009 to recognize excellence in businesses whose practices make a positive impact on the Wharton economy and wellbeing. Over the past eleven years, the award has earned respect and admiration among the Wharton community. “We are…

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January 12th is National Pharmacist Day
January 10, 2020

January 12th is National Pharmacist Day

On January 12th the nation recognizes the importance of pharmacists and it honors how much they impact the health and well-being of the nation. According to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, ancient man learned from instinct, from observation of birds and beasts. Cool water, a leaf, dirt, or mud was his first…

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Cancer Patients' Mortality Rate Drops; Longevity and Quality of Life Increase
January 8, 2020

Cancer Patients' Mortality Rate Drops; Longevity and Quality of Life Increase

The American Cancer Society released its 2020 report on cancer mortality on January 8, 2020. According to “Cancer Statistics, 2020”, between the years 1991 and 2017, the death rate from cancer in the United States declined by 29%. The largest single-year drop ever recorded was 2.2% from 2016 – 2017. While lung cancer continues to…

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OakBend Medical Group Adds Four Orthopedic Doctors
January 7, 2020

OakBend Medical Group Adds Four Orthopedic Doctors

As of January 2, 2020, OakBend Medical Group will add four new orthopedic doctors. Dr. Scott Breeze, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, founded an orthopedic practice after graduating from medical school and residency in Houston, Texas at Baylor College of Medicine. Breeze’s vision was to…

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OakBend Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2020
January 6, 2020

OakBend Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2020

OakBend Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2020 at 4:35PM on Wednesday, January 1st. Born to parents Angelina and Seth Burnett, baby boy, Eliyah Holland, weighed in at 7 lbs 0 oz and is 19.75 inches long. Mother, dad and baby and all doing well and looking forward to all that the new year…

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Two New Family Practice Physicians Join OakBend Medical Group
December 20, 2019

Two New Family Practice Physicians Join OakBend Medical Group

OakBend Medical Group is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Titus Venyah and Dr. Harry Wong, both family practice physicians. Dr. Harry Wong is a native Houstonian. He attended The University of St. Thomas in Houston, graduating with a B.A. in Chemistry. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces 2019 Physician of the Year
December 18, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Announces 2019 Physician of the Year

Dr. Long Cao, M.D., FACC has received the 2019 Physician of the Year Award from OakBend Medical Center. The other nominees were Dr. David Chao and Dr. Chris Chen. The Physician of the Year award, OakBend’s highest recognition, is presented annually to one outstanding physician who possesses significant practice experience, compassion, kindness and sincerity that…

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Santa Visits OakBend
December 7, 2019

Santa Visits OakBend

Santa visited OakBend Medical Center’s Jackson Street location and took the time to visit with the employees children and grandchildren. The children enjoyed cookies and milk and arts and crafts at the event which took place in the Joe & Doris Gurecky Atrium. They were treated to story time by children’s author, Marilyn Sebesta, of…

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OakBend Medical Center – Williams Way Campus Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
October 22, 2019

OakBend Medical Center – Williams Way Campus Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

The Williams Way location of OakBend Medical Center held a community celebration to recognize its 10 year anniversary on Saturday, October 19. The hospital’s family friendly event included games and prizes, snow cones, popcorn and food from Swinging Door. T-shirts were given to the first 100 people attending along with a stuffed toy for the…

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OakBend Medical Center presents the 2019 Jeff Council Award at Patchwork of Life
October 21, 2019

OakBend Medical Center presents the 2019 Jeff Council Award at Patchwork of Life

Dr. Ivan Mefford was presented the 2019 Jeff Council Award at the hospital’s annual fundraiser, Patchwork of Life. The Jeff Council Award was created in 2018 to honor Jeff Council for his years of service to OakBend Medical Center, which spanned more than three decades. Jeff personified OakBend’s core values of Compassion, Integrity, Ownership and…

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OakBend Medical Center's 2019 Patchwork of Life Event Raises Funds for 3D Mammography Machine
October 21, 2019

OakBend Medical Center's 2019 Patchwork of Life Event Raises Funds for 3D Mammography Machine

OakBend Medical Center’s seventh annual Patchwork of Life event was another very successful fundraising event for the hospital. The event raised more than $350,000 and those funds will go toward a 3D Mammography machine for the Women’s Imaging Department at OakBend’s Jackson Street Campus. With a crowd of over 650 attendees, this year’s live auction…

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OakBend Medical Center Williams Way Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
October 11, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Williams Way Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

The Williams Way location of OakBend Medical Center will hold a community celebration to recognize its 10 year anniversary. The hospital, located at 2003 Southwest Freeway, Richmond, TX 77469 will host the event from 10AM – 2PM on Saturday, October 19th in the front parking lot and the lobby of that location. The family friendly…

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Dr. Enrique Garcia Pena Now Offering Services in Wharton
September 24, 2019

Dr. Enrique Garcia Pena Now Offering Services in Wharton

OakBend Medical Group’s Dr. Enrique García Peña, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, will be seeing patients in Wharton on Tuesdays. He will be located in the offices of Dr. Marc Marconi, 10119 US 59 Hwy. Dr. García Peña was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of…

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OakBend Medical Group Welcomes New Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Karomibal Mejia
August 23, 2019

OakBend Medical Group Welcomes New Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Karomibal Mejia

Dr. Karomibal Mejia has joined OakBend Medical Group as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Mejia received his medical education with honors, graduated Cum Laude in the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He then came to the United States and completed his internal Medicine Residency at Bronxcare Health System in New York, where…

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OakBend Receives the AllState Foundation Helping Hands Grant
August 21, 2019

OakBend Receives the AllState Foundation Helping Hands Grant

OakBend Medical Center is the recipient of The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant in the amount of $10,000. To be eligible for the Helping Hands Grant, Allstate strives to empower Allstaters to give back to their local communities and support the causes closest to their hearts. Those who volunteer four to sixteen hours with an…

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OakBend Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
August 21, 2019

OakBend Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

For the tenth year, OakBend Medical Center’s Jackson Street Campus has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Williams Way campus received its first year Gold Plus Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according…

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OakBend Labor and Delivery Department Receives Hats for Newborns
August 8, 2019

OakBend Labor and Delivery Department Receives Hats for Newborns

Riley Masek, daughter of OakBend Medical Center’s Patricia Masek, completed her project to receive her Silver Award from the Girl Scouts. Riley, a member of Troup 17445, put together 115 packages to be given to newborns at OakBend Medical Center. These packages included a knitted hat along with a placard that hangs from the rearview…

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OakBend to Hold Job Fair at Williams Way Campus
August 7, 2019

OakBend to Hold Job Fair at Williams Way Campus

OakBend Medical Center will be hosting a job fair on August 29 from 10am – 2pm at its Williams Way Campus, located at 22003 Southwest Freeway. OakBend will be hiring for positions in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department Labor and Delivery, Skilled Nursing Facility, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, OR and for Medical/Surgery. OakBend is…

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OakBend Medical Center to Hold Final Sports Physicals Screenings on Saturday, July 13
July 8, 2019

OakBend Medical Center to Hold Final Sports Physicals Screenings on Saturday, July 13

OakBend Medical Center has completed two of its three scheduled sports physicals and sudden cardiac death screenings in the Fort Bend and Wharton area. This Saturday, July 13 from 8am – Noon at the Williams Way location, 22003 SW Freeway, Richmond is the remaining sports physicals for this summer.  The cost is $20 cash. Unlike…

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OakBend Begins Remodeling and Upgrading Intensive Care Unit
June 28, 2019

OakBend Begins Remodeling and Upgrading Intensive Care Unit

OakBend Medical Center is in the process of remodeling its Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The renovations will help create a warm environment that inspires healing and helps patients achieve their best possible outcomes. During last year’s Patchwork of Life, the hospital, with the help of the community, raised approximately $390,000 to go toward the renovations….

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OakBend Medical Group Announces New Cardiologist
June 27, 2019

OakBend Medical Group Announces New Cardiologist

OakBend Medical Group is proud to announce its newest Cardiologist, Dr. Cindy John. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2010 with “High Honors.” John next graduated from Residency in Internal Medicine in 2013 at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Following her residency at Hahnemann,…

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Dr. James R. McClamroch Retires
June 27, 2019

Dr. James R. McClamroch Retires

OakBend Medical Group’s Dr. James R. McClamroch has retired after 37 years of practice as a cardiologist with OakBend. McClamroch was inspired to become a physician by his interest in science, biology, and the desire to have relationships with people while having a positive impact on their lives and health. Despite not having any other…

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Save The Date for OakBend Medical Center's Patchwork of Life
June 27, 2019

Save The Date for OakBend Medical Center's Patchwork of Life

OakBend Medical Center is excited to announce that the 2019 Patchwork of Life event will be held on Thursday, October 10, at Safari Texas Ranch. This year’s event will benefit OakBend’s Women’s Imaging Department. Funds raised from the event will be used to purchase a 3D mammography machine, bringing the gold standard for breast cancer…

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OakBend Medical Center's Employee Giving Campaign Raises More Than $102,000
June 13, 2019

OakBend Medical Center's Employee Giving Campaign Raises More Than $102,000

OakBend Medical Center held a celebration on Tuesday, June 11 to celebrate its Employee Giving Campaign. For the past three years, employees have donated to the employee campaign raising more than $295,000. The 2019 was the most successful to date with employee giving exceeding $102,000. This year, 400+ employees donated to the campaign, which equates…

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OakBend Medical Center To Hold Blood Drive
June 6, 2019

OakBend Medical Center To Hold Blood Drive

OakBend Medical Center will be holding a blood drive at their main campus, 1705 Jackson Street, Richmond in the first floor conference center on Wednesday, June 12th from 1-5PM.The public is invited to schedule a donation by registering online at You may contact Ashley Musslewhite at 281-341-4812 for additional information.This is the third blood drive…

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Andy Francis joins OakBend Physical Therapy – Wharton
June 6, 2019

Andy Francis joins OakBend Physical Therapy – Wharton

OakBend Medical Center is proud to announce that Andy Francis, DPT, has joined OakBend Physical Therapy – Wharton. The clinic, located in OakBend Medical Center – Wharton, 10141 US Highway 59 Road, is open weekdays 8am to 5pm. Andy received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in…

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OakBend Medical Center Brings Telemedicine to Wharton Hospital Campus
June 6, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Brings Telemedicine to Wharton Hospital Campus

OakBend Medical Center has set up the latest technology in telemedicine at its Wharton hospital. This innovative way of caring for patients uses a combination of telecommunication and information technology to provide patients clinical health care even when the specialist is not in the same room or at the same location. This allows physicians, like…

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OakBend Medical Center Holds Coffee With a Cop for Fort Bend Sheriff's Department
June 3, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Holds Coffee With a Cop for Fort Bend Sheriff's Department

On June 12 from 8am – 10am, OakBend Medical Center will be holding Coffee with a Cop at the Williams Way Campus located at 22003 Southwest Freeway in Richmond. The morning coffee will be held in the lobby of the hospital where citizens can meet and greet the Sheriff’s Department representatives, ask questions and learn…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces Sports Physicals in Richmond and Wharton
May 16, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Announces Sports Physicals in Richmond and Wharton

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has scheduled three days for sports physicals and sudden cardiac death screenings in the Fort Bend and Wharton area. The cost is $20 cash and includes all screenings. The dates and locations are: Saturday, May 18 from 8am – Noon at the Williams Way location, 22003…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces Third Annual Restaurant Week
April 5, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Announces Third Annual Restaurant Week

OakBend Medical Center has announced the dates April 26 – May 5, with participating restaurants offering a special OakBend menu during that time. A portion of the sales from the special menu will then be donated back to the hospital. The committee has currently signed up the following restaurants: Alicia’s Mexican Grille All We Need…

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American Heart Association Announces its Annual Fort Bend County Wine from the Heart Event
February 22, 2019

American Heart Association Announces its Annual Fort Bend County Wine from the Heart Event

The American Heart Association will be holding its Fort Bend County Wine from the Heart Event on Friday, March 1st at 6:00 PM in the Fort Bend County Club. The event will benefit the American Heart Association and is hosted by the Fort Bend County Division Executive Committee. Heart Disease and Stroke kill hundreds of…

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OakBend Medical Center's Stepping Out Against Stroke Walk 2019
February 19, 2019

OakBend Medical Center's Stepping Out Against Stroke Walk 2019

OakBend Medical Center will hold its annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke” walk on Saturday, April 13 with check-in and t-shirt pick up beginning at 8:00 AM and the festivities beginning at 8:30 AM. Registration must be done online at bit.ly/strokewalk2019 or by calling 281-341-3053 by March 29 to guarantee participants receive their free t-shirt. Registration…

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OakBend Medical Center Receives Re-Designation as a Texas Ten Step Facility
February 6, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Receives Re-Designation as a Texas Ten Step Facility

OakBend Medical Center’s Williams Way Labor and Delivery Department has received re-designation as a Texas Ten Step Facility. The Department of State Health Services developed this program as a method to improve maternity care practices in birthing facilities. Endorsed by the Texas Medical Association, the program is based on the World Health Organization/United Nation Children’s…

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OakBend Medical Group Welcomes Newest Orthopedic Surgeon
January 30, 2019

OakBend Medical Group Welcomes Newest Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Enrique García has joined OakBend Medical Group as an orthopedic surgeon and sports doctor. García was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Medical Sciences and Research from Boston University after which he returned to Puerto…

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Patient Celebrates 102nd Birthday
January 14, 2019

Patient Celebrates 102nd Birthday

Myrtis B. “Tiny” Gates celebrated her 102nd birthday on January 8 while recovering in OakBend Medical Center’s newly renovated fifth floor. Originally from Monroe, Louisiana, Tiny now lives in Pecan Grove. All smiles, Tiny was surrounded by family, friends and OakBend staff while she enjoyed her favorite vanilla cake decorated with pink, her favorite color….

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OakBend Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2019
January 2, 2019

OakBend Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2019

OakBend Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2019 at 7:46 AM on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  Born to Taofikat Olaoluwakitan Bello and husband Taoheed Olaide Mudasiru, baby boy Talib Olaoluwakitan Mudasiru weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz and is 20-1/2 inches long. Mother, dad and baby are all doing well and looking forward to…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces 2018 Physician of the Year
December 19, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Announces 2018 Physician of the Year

Dr. C. Funsho Fagbohun, MD, PHD, FACOG, FACS has been named OakBend Medical Center’s 2018 Physician of the Year. The award was given at the employee holiday party held on December 15th at Safari Texas. The Physician of the Year award, OakBend’s highest recognition, is presented annually to one outstanding physician who possesses significant practice…

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Outpatient Lab Services Now Available at OakBend Medical Center – Wharton Campus
December 10, 2018

Outpatient Lab Services Now Available at OakBend Medical Center – Wharton Campus

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that the public now has access to an outpatient lab located on the first floor of the OakBend Medical Center – Wharton Hospital Campus. The Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) will be open Monday – Friday from 7:00am – 4:00 pm and is closed for lunch from 1:00pm –…

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Santa Visits OakBend
December 7, 2018

Santa Visits OakBend

Santa took time out of his busy schedule to visit OakBend Medical Center on Thursday night to see who has been naughty or nice. For the past three years, OakBend employees and their families have been treated to cookies and punch and a chance to tell Santa exactly what they want for Christmas. After a…

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OakBend Medical Center Receives an "A" for Hospital Safety
December 7, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Receives an "A" for Hospital Safety

OakBend Medical Center has received an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group for its hospital safety. The Mission of The Leapfrog Group is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of U.S. health care by using transparency to support informed health care decisions and promote high-value care. “OakBend Medical Center is…

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#GivingTuesday at OakBend Medical Center
November 26, 2018

#GivingTuesday at OakBend Medical Center

This #GivingTuesday OakBend Medical Center will celebrate giving by donating all funds donated to the hospital’s Vision 2020 campaign. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday…

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OakBend Medical Center's Patchwork of Life Event Has Record-Breaking Year
October 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center's Patchwork of Life Event Has Record-Breaking Year

OakBend Medical Center’s sixth annual Patchwork of Life event was the hospital’s largest fundraiser to date. The event raised almost $390,000 and those funds will benefit the intensive care unit at OakBend’s Jackson Street Campus. The money raised will be used for renovations that will help create a warm environment that inspires healing and helps…

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OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group to hold Senior Health Fair
October 15, 2018

OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group to hold Senior Health Fair

OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group will be holding a health fair designed for adults 62+ on Wednesday, October 17 from 8am – Noon at the hospital’s Jackson Street Campus. The attendees will receive complimentary valet parking courtesy of Classic Chevrolet. The health fair will offer free health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose,…

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OakBend Medical Center Hosts Community Blood Drive in October
October 1, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Hosts Community Blood Drive in October

OakBend Medical Center will host a blood drive on Wednesday, October 3 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 1705 Jackson Street, Richmond, Tx 77469 in the 1st Floor Conference Center. The blood drive is open to the community and you can either register online at www.giveblood.org using sponsor code 0881 or log on at…

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OakBend Medical Group Welcomes Podiatrist
August 28, 2018

OakBend Medical Group Welcomes Podiatrist

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to announce the newest doctor to the group, Dr. Christine Nguyen.  Dr. Nguyen is a podiatric medicine and surgeon with extensive training in elective and reconstructive surgeries of the foot. Born and raised in Houston, she feels blessed to have had the opportunity to practice in the roots of her hometown and surrounding…

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OakBend Medical Center's Wharton Hospital Campus Surpasses Original Expectations
August 2, 2018

OakBend Medical Center's Wharton Hospital Campus Surpasses Original Expectations

When the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton closed its doors in November of 2016, the sign on the front door directed people to a hospital 20 minutes away. That can seem like an eternity if the patient is in pain or in need of urgent medical care. After a long and sometimes bumpy ride,…

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OakBend Medical Center's Patchwork of Life Event Honors Ann and Jeff Council
July 30, 2018

OakBend Medical Center's Patchwork of Life Event Honors Ann and Jeff Council

Ann and Jeff Council have been named as the 2018 honorees for OakBend Medical Center’s Patchwork of Life event. Both Ann and Jeff have devoted years of service to OakBend Medical Center. Jeff has been on the board of director for more than 30 years and currently serves as the board president. Ann has been…

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CEO of OakBend Medical Center Named Honoree as one of the Most Admired CEOs
July 23, 2018

CEO of OakBend Medical Center Named Honoree as one of the Most Admired CEOs

Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center has been named one of 13 honorees for the Most Admired CEO award in the nonprofit sector for Greater Houston and surrounding area by the Houston Business Journal. The panel of judges chose 35 for-profit leaders and 13 nonprofit leaders to receive the award. The judges for this…

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OakBend Medical Center's Seeds of Generosity Campaign Raises Over $200,000
July 18, 2018

OakBend Medical Center's Seeds of Generosity Campaign Raises Over $200,000

OakBend Medical Center celebrated the success of the hospital’s employee giving campaign, “Seeds of Generosity,” by holding a reception in the Joe & Doris Gurecky Atrium after hours. The three week campaign, which ran from May 1 to May 18, raised more than $102,000 for the hospital’s Vision 2020 Campaign. In addition to their $102,000…

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Employees Support Blood Drive to Honor Santa Fe High School Shooting Victims
June 21, 2018

Employees Support Blood Drive to Honor Santa Fe High School Shooting Victims

OakBend Medical Center held a blood drive on June 13th to honor the Santa Fe High School Victims. Employees across the OakBend campuses came to Jackson Street to give blood to help replenish the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s blood supply. Donations included whole blood, plasma and double red cells. In fact, every donation received…

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OakBend Medical Group welcomes new OB/GYN
June 11, 2018

OakBend Medical Group welcomes new OB/GYN

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to welcome its newest ob/gyn Dr. Amber Dobyne. Originally from Birmingham, AL, Dr. Amber Dobyne graduated Cum Laude from Florida A&M University where she majored in Biology/Pre-medicine. She moved to Washington D.C. where she earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at…

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OakBend's Wharton Hospital Opening a Great Success
June 7, 2018

OakBend's Wharton Hospital Opening a Great Success

On June 4, 2018, at 7AM, OakBend Medical Center opened the door of its hospital in Wharton, Texas. Within the first 24 hours of opening, the emergency room saw 21 patients, beginning shortly after the doors opened for business. The Wharton Hospital Campus opened with services that include OakBend’s signature No Wait Emergency Room with…

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OakBend Medical Center Receives Gold Plus Stroke Award for both Jackson Street and Williams Way campuses
May 31, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Receives Gold Plus Stroke Award for both Jackson Street and Williams Way campuses

OakBend Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for both its Jackson Street and Williams Way locations. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific…

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Volunteers Donate $24,000 to OakBend Medical Center
May 31, 2018

Volunteers Donate $24,000 to OakBend Medical Center

During the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held in the Joe and Doris Gurecky Atrium, the Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented a check to Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center in the amount of $24,000 to use toward the renovations of the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility. Each year proceeds from sales from the Gift Shop,…

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Several of OakBend Medical Center's Board of Directors become Certified Healthcare Trustees
May 24, 2018

Several of OakBend Medical Center's Board of Directors become Certified Healthcare Trustees

OakBend Medical Center is proud to announce that all of its eligible trustees have received Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT) Certified Healthcare Trustee designation. This designation is earned through a voluntary program designed to help healthcare board members become better leaders and show their commitment to good governance to their hospital and community. Ruthanne Mefford, Tom…

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OakBend Medical Center Set To Open Wharton Hospital Campus on June 4th
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Set To Open Wharton Hospital Campus on June 4th

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will open its fourth hospital on June 4, 2018, at 7AM in Wharton, Texas. After a long journey, our Wharton Hospital Campus will open with services such as OakBend’s signature No Wait Emergency Room with air ambulance support, including x-ray, CT and Ultrasound, endoscopy services, day…

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OakBend Medical Center's NICHE Designation Renewed
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center's NICHE Designation Renewed

For the fourth year in a row, OakBend Medical Center has earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation. This designation recognizes OakBend’s ongoing commitment to geriatric nursing care. The NICHE program is designed to upgrade the quality of care for older adult patients by increasing awareness of geriatric issues, improving staff competence…

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OakBend Medical Center Installs CT Scanner at Wharton Campus
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Installs CT Scanner at Wharton Campus

OakBend Medical Center completed the installation of the CT scanner at the Wharton hospital location. The machine will provide special X-ray tests that produce cross-sectional images of the body using x-rays and a computer. The CT scan images allow doctors to look inside the body much like one would look at the inside of a…

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OakBend Medical Center is First to Offer New Device to Predict Worsening Heart Failure
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center is First to Offer New Device to Predict Worsening Heart Failure

New technology in implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is now available at OakBend Medical Center. Dr. Siddharth Mukerji of EP Heart implanted the first Resonate™ ICD designed to not only shock a patient out of a life-threatening rhythm but can also give physicians important information to potentially reduce heart failure readmissions. Developed by Boston Scientific and…

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OakBend Medical Center Signs 22 Restaurants for Second Annual Restaurant Week
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Signs 22 Restaurants for Second Annual Restaurant Week

OakBend Medical Center has signed up 22 local restaurants to participate in its second annual Restaurant Week. The event will take place beginning Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29, with participating restaurants offering a special OakBend menu during that time. A portion of the sales from the special menu will then be donated back…

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OakBend Medical Center's Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K Exceeds Previous Record-Breaking Years
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center's Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K Exceeds Previous Record-Breaking Years

OakBend Medical Center’s annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke 3k” is growing and going strong. This year over 400 people registered to walk the 3K and support the stroke program at OakBend. The Stroke Walk, held at George Park in Richmond, included breakfast snacks, health screenings for blood pressure and a DJ to entertain the crowd…

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OakBend Medical Group Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Group Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Fred L. Speck III. Dr. Speck was born in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. His family then moved to Kerrville, Texas where he was raised on a small farm. While a student at Texas A&M University, he coached both the collegiate and local…

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OakBend Medical Center Wound Care Unit Reaches 10 Year Milestone
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Wound Care Unit Reaches 10 Year Milestone

OakBend Medical Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Wound Care Center last week. Hospital employees and guests commemorated the anniversary with hors d’oeuvres, cake and cookies. Jeff Council, President of OakBend’s Board of Directors, welcomed guests and spoke about the importance of the Would Care Department. He thanked all of the staff and doctors…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces Second Annual Restaurant Week
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Announces Second Annual Restaurant Week

OakBend Medical Center has announced the dates for its second annual Restaurant Week. The event will take place this year from April 20 – 29, with participating restaurants offering a special OakBend menu during that time. A portion of the sales from the special menu will then be donated back to the hospital. This year’s…

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OakBend Medical Center holds Health Fair for Seniors
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center holds Health Fair for Seniors

OakBend Medical Center will hold a mini-health fair for seniors on Friday, February 23, 2018. The event will take place at the First United Methodist church of Wharton located 1717 Pioneer Avenue in Wharton, Texas. The event offers blood pressure, glucose testing and balance and strength testing. Allscripts, a leader in healthcare information technology solutions…

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OakBend Announces Annual Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K Stroke Walk
May 24, 2018

OakBend Announces Annual Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K Stroke Walk

OakBend Medical Center will hold its annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke” 3k walk on Saturday, March 23th with registration and t-shirt pick up beginning at 8:00 AM and the festivities beginning at 8:30 AM. Registration must be done online at bit.ly/strokewalk2018 or by calling 281-341-3053 by March 9th to guarantee participants receive their free t-shirt….

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OakBend Medical Center Adds New Board Member
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Adds New Board Member

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Abby King as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Abby is a native of Wharton, Texas and is very active in the community. In addition to her new role on the Board of Directors of OakBend Medical Center, she also serves as Past…

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OakBend Medical Center Holds Ribbon Cutting for Newly Renovated 4th Floor
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Holds Ribbon Cutting for Newly Renovated 4th Floor

Over 100 community leaders attended the ribbon cutting for OakBend Medical Center’s newly renovated fourth floor at its Jackson Street campus. The renovation is part of the hospital’s Vision 2020 campaign designed to bring the most advanced concepts for a healing environment to OakBend. These funds were supplemented by funds raised from last year’s Patchwork…

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OakBend Medical Center Volunteers Participate in Little Hats, Big Hearts™
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Volunteers Participate in Little Hats, Big Hearts™

Several of OakBend Medical Center volunteers along with other volunteers around the country joined the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February. Little Hats, Big Hearts™, honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very…

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OakBend Medical Center and Cardiologist Long Cao Named in Senior Resource Guide's Best of 2017 Readers' Choice
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center and Cardiologist Long Cao Named in Senior Resource Guide's Best of 2017 Readers' Choice

OakBend Medical Center has been named the Best Hospital in the Houston area by the readers of the Senior Resource Guide. Each year the publication polls its reader on various businesses and services that are used by active aging adults. The results of the 2017 Houston poll were released this week. In addition to OakBend…

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OakBend Weathers Ice Storm
May 24, 2018

OakBend Weathers Ice Storm

While the Post Office claims the motto “Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” that same motto could be used by hospitals its doctors. Before the temperatures began to plummet and overcast skies began to produce rain, sleet and snow, the medical staff…

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OakBend Medical Center Volunteers set date for "Power of the Pur$e" Fundraiser
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Volunteers set date for "Power of the Pur$e" Fundraiser

The Volunteers of OakBend Medical Center are holding their third annual Power of the Pur$e fundraiser to raise money that will be donated to the ongoing renovation of the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit. Each year, the volunteers donate money that has been raised through various events such as craft and bake sales and through the…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces 2017 Physician of the Year
May 24, 2018

OakBend Medical Center Announces 2017 Physician of the Year

Dr. Sarfraz Aly has been named OakBend Medical Center’s 2017 Physician of the Year. The presentation was made at the annual physician party held this year in home of OakBend Board Member Dr. May Tape. The hospital received several nominations for the Physician of the Year award. Dr. Aly, according to staff, exemplifies involvement, engagement,…

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OakBend Medical Center Coming Soon to Wharton, Texas
December 8, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Coming Soon to Wharton, Texas

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will open its fourth hospital in April 2018, located in Wharton, Texas. After a long journey and many detours, OakBend Medical Center – Wharton will open with services such as OakBend’s signature No Wait Hospital Emergency Room, observation, air ambulance and imaging, including x-ray, CT and…

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OakBend Medical Group Doctors Hold Cardiovascular Symposium for Local EMS
November 29, 2017

OakBend Medical Group Doctors Hold Cardiovascular Symposium for Local EMS

Drs. Long Cao and Vijaiganesh Nagarajan (VJ) of OakBend Medical Group held a Cardiovascular Symposium for local EMS on Friday, November 17th at the Wharton Emergency Medical Services office. The symposium allowed EMS from Austin County, Colorado County, East Bernard and Wharton to learn about cardiovascular emergencies and what to watch for and how to…

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OakBend Medical Group donates to hospital's Vision 2020 Campaign
November 29, 2017

OakBend Medical Group donates to hospital's Vision 2020 Campaign

OakBend Medical Group is proud to announce that Dr. Owen Capocyan, Dr. Gildardo Ceballos, Dr. Long Cao and Dr. Vijaiganesh Nagarajan have donated $64,000 to OakBend Medical Center’s Vision 2020. According to Donna Ferguson, VP and COO of OakBend Medical Group, “These four physicians are leading the way by showing their dedication to the hospital…

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OakBend Medical Group offers Cardiology Services and Obstetrics/Gynocology Services in Wharton
November 20, 2017

OakBend Medical Group offers Cardiology Services and Obstetrics/Gynocology Services in Wharton

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Long Cao, Cardiologist and Dr. Sadia Durrani, OB/GYN will now have office hours in Wharton, Texas. Dr. Cao was born in Vietnam and raised in Houston. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease in addition to echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and vascular interpretation. He…

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OakBend Medical Center joins important Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Antibiotic Stewardship Project
November 19, 2017

OakBend Medical Center joins important Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Antibiotic Stewardship Project

OakBend Medical Center is one of 482 facilities in Texas participating in the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) antibiotic stewardship (ABS) project. This Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality improvement initiative will promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improve patient outcomes and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant…

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OakBend Medical Center Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Dress Days and Low-Cost Mammograms
October 18, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Dress Days and Low-Cost Mammograms

During the month of October, OakBend Medical Center is offering mammograms for the low-cost of $75.00 for patients that want or need to pay cash. Insured patients will use their insurance to cover the cost of the mammogram. Every Friday during October, OakBend Medical Center’s staff will be wearing pink in support of finding a…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces 2017 Patchwork of Life Fundraiser
September 25, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Announces 2017 Patchwork of Life Fundraiser

OakBend Medical Center has announced this year’s Patchwork of Life event. The event is dedicated to “Making Room to Heal” and will benefit OakBend Medical Center’s Jackson Street 4th and 5th patient floors. The honorees for this year are the nurses who work at OakBend Medical Center. Without their dedication to all the patients at…

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OakBend Medical Center Weathered Hurricane Harvey and Remained Open Throughout the Storm
September 6, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Weathered Hurricane Harvey and Remained Open Throughout the Storm

As one of the only Level III Trauma Centers in the area, OakBend Medical Center remained open during Hurricane Harvey and operated normally for two days before calling a Code Grey Disaster. The Code parameters limited access to the hospital, reduced visitations and staff to essential personnel only, and closed all ambulatory surgery centers. Due…

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OakBend Emergency Room Nurse Receives Advanced Certification
September 6, 2017

OakBend Emergency Room Nurse Receives Advanced Certification

William (Bill) Hamlyn, one of OakBend Medical Center’s ER nurses, has received his advanced certification as a Trauma Certified ER Nurse. While there are more than 33,000 Certified Emergency Nurses in the United States, there are less than 2,000 Trauma Certified Emergency Nurses. The three-month long training and testing to receive the certification was intense,…

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OakBend Medical Center Lifts Code Grey Status, Hospitals Fully Operational
September 1, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Lifts Code Grey Status, Hospitals Fully Operational

OakBend Medical Center has lifted the Code Grey and the Jackson Street and Williams Way locations are fully operational as usual.

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OakBend Medical Center Limits Visitors as Hospital Operates Under Code Grey Status
August 31, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Limits Visitors as Hospital Operates Under Code Grey Status

OakBend Medical Center is making every effort to limit the number of visitors in the hospital so we can best serve our patients. Guests and visitors are asked to return to the safety of their own homes. They may call the hospital’s main number for information about loved ones: 281-341-3000. We ask that visitors please…

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OakBend Medical Center Re-Opens Williams Way Campus With Limited Services
August 31, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Re-Opens Williams Way Campus With Limited Services

At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2017, OakBend Medical Center is re-opening their Williams Way facility, located at 22003 Southwest Freeway in Richmond. The hospital will have limited services available, including Labor & Delivery and emergency services. OakBend Medical Center continues to operate under a Code Grey disaster status and is working around…

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OakBend Medical Center Re-Opens Williams Way Campus With Limited Services
August 31, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Re-Opens Williams Way Campus With Limited Services

At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2017, OakBend Medical Center is re-opening their Williams Way facility, located at 22003 Southwest Freeway in Richmond. The hospital will have limited services available, including Labor & Delivery and emergency services. OakBend Medical Center continues to operate under a Code Grey disaster status and is working around…

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OakBend Medical Center Achieves Trauma Certification for Williams Way Campus and Re-certification for Jackson Street Campus
August 1, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Achieves Trauma Certification for Williams Way Campus and Re-certification for Jackson Street Campus

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that its Williams Way Campus has achieved Level IV Trauma Certification and the Jackson Street Campus has been recertified as a Level III Trauma Center. A Level IV Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a…

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OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group Announce Senior Health Fair: "The More You Know: Empowering Your Mind, Body and Spirit"
July 21, 2017

OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group Announce Senior Health Fair: "The More You Know: Empowering Your Mind, Body and Spirit"

OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group will be holding a health fair designed for adults 62+ on Wednesday, August 2 from 8am – Noon at the hospital’s Jackson Street Campus. The attendees will receive complimentary valet parking courtesy of Classic Chevrolet. The health fair will offer free health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose,…

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OakBend Medical Group adds Interventional Cardiologist
July 6, 2017

OakBend Medical Group adds Interventional Cardiologist

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition Dr. Vijaiganesh (VJ) Nagarajan. Born in South East India, Dr. Vijaiganesh Nagarajan is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. Nagarajan’s primary specialty is Interventional Cardiology with a secondary specialty in Cardiology. Known as Dr. VJ, he chose a career in medicine to alleviate…

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OakBend Medical Group Adds an Additional Obstetrician and Gynecologist
July 6, 2017

OakBend Medical Group Adds an Additional Obstetrician and Gynecologist

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sadia A. Durrani. Durrani is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who strongly believes in the power of effective listening, tender examinations and personal attention to each patient in a respectful atmosphere. She focuses on a comprehensive health care approach giving particular emphasis to patient…

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OakBend Medical Center Holds Celebration for Success of the Hospital's "Seeds of Generosity" Employee Giving Campaign
June 29, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Holds Celebration for Success of the Hospital's "Seeds of Generosity" Employee Giving Campaign

OakBend Medical Center celebrated the success of the hospital’s employee giving campaign, “Seeds of Generosity,” by holding a reception in the Joe & Doris Gurecky Atrium after hours last week. The three week campaign, which ran from April 24 to May 12, raised $90,000 for the hospital’s Vision 2020 Campaign. An employee giving campaign is…

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OakBend Medical Center's CEO Celebrates 10th Anniversary
June 22, 2017

OakBend Medical Center's CEO Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June is a memorable month for OakBend Medical Center’s CEO Joe Freudenberger, not only was he awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year ® for Health Care, but on June 19th he hit his 10-year anniversary with OakBend Medical Center. Joe began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working…

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EY announces Joe Freudenberger of OakBend Medical Center named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award winner in the Gulf Coast Area
June 21, 2017

EY announces Joe Freudenberger of OakBend Medical Center named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award winner in the Gulf Coast Area

Freudenberger joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs in Health Care EY has announced that Joe Freudenberger of OakBend Medical Center, the last remaining independent nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston Area, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Health Care category in the Gulf Coast Area. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are…

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OakBend Medical Center Receives Grant from Komen Houston
June 21, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Receives Grant from Komen Houston

Susan G. Komen® Houston has awarded a $52,200 grant to OakBend Medical to provide breast cancer screening for low income women ages 40 and above in Fort Bend County. At OakBend, the grant from Komen will support the Fort Bend County Breast Screening Project, an initiative to provide more than 250 women with screening mammograms….

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OakBend Medical Center Named Needville Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for June 2017
May 17, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Named Needville Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for June 2017

OakBend Medical Center has been named Business of the Month for June 2017 by the Needville Chamber of Commerce. Each month the Chamber selects one outstanding business to honor for its support of the local Chamber. According to Bradley Stavinoha, President of the Chamber and owner of Needville Insurance Agency, “OakBend has become an integral…

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VFW Post 3903 Auxiliary Holds Nurse Appreciation Luncheon for OakBend Medical Center
May 11, 2017

VFW Post 3903 Auxiliary Holds Nurse Appreciation Luncheon for OakBend Medical Center

May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week. And for the seventh year in a row, the VFW Post 3903 Auxiliary held a Nurse Appreciation Luncheon for the nurses of OakBend Medical Center. The auxiliary invited nurses from all of OakBend Medical Center’s campuses to come to the Jackson Street Campus to be served a…

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OakBend Medical Center Renames the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE)
May 11, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Renames the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE)

The Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the Jackson Street Campus of OakBend Medical Center filled with family and friends Wednesday night as the hospital unveiled the dedication of the ACE Unit in honor of Jack & Billie Wendt. “We are here tonight to express our gratitude and appreciation to Billie Wendt and…

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EY announces Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award finalist in Gulf Coast Area
May 5, 2017

EY announces Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award finalist in Gulf Coast Area

EY today announced that Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in Gulf Coast Area. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities….

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OakBend Medical Center Volunteers' "Power of the Pur$e" Fundraiser…Another Successful Year
April 10, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Volunteers' "Power of the Pur$e" Fundraiser…Another Successful Year

On April 6, 2017 the Volunteers of OakBend Medical Center held their second Power of the Pur$e fundraiser to raise money to help with the renovation of the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit. The event, held at Safari Texas, included lunch and a silent auction of 31 purses ranging in value from slightly less than $100…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces Restaurant Week
March 31, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Announces Restaurant Week

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce the First Annual Restaurant Week taking place from May 19 through May 29. The fundraising idea was the brainchild of Daniel Ornelas of Ol’ Railroad Café, Andres Novoa of La Cocina and Jimmy Cantu of Pier 36 and the three restaurants were the first to sign on for…

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OakBend Medical Center Staff Coordinator Receives New Certification
March 20, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Staff Coordinator Receives New Certification

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that Anne Graves, the hospital’s medical staff coordinator has achieved her certification as a Certified Professional in Medical Staff Management (CPMSM) from the Certification Commission of National Association of Medical Staff Services. Graves took the CPMSM exam during a weekend late last year and after 175 multiple choice…

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OakBend Medical Center Renames Jackson Street Atrium in honor of Joe and Doris Gurecky
February 9, 2017

OakBend Medical Center Renames Jackson Street Atrium in honor of Joe and Doris Gurecky

As the crowd gathered in the atrium of the Jackson Street Campus to honor two of the community’s most well-known residents, the words that could be heard most often were amazing, dedicated, caring and kind. The guests were describing Joe and Doris Gurecky. “We are here tonight to really honor two people that have mean…

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American Heart Association Announces OakBend Medical Center as the Private Reserve Port Sponsor for Fort Bend County Wine From The Heart event
February 9, 2017

American Heart Association Announces OakBend Medical Center as the Private Reserve Port Sponsor for Fort Bend County Wine From The Heart event

The American Heart Association has announced that OakBend Medical Center will be the Private Reserve Port Sponsor for this year’s Fort Bend County Wine from the Heart Event. The event, scheduled for Friday, February 24th will benefit the American Heart Association and is hosted by the Fort Bend County Division Executive Committee. Heart Disease and…

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OakBend Medical Group Adds Four New Physicians
January 17, 2017

OakBend Medical Group Adds Four New Physicians

OakBend Medical Group is excited to announce four new physicians to their excellent team. Welcome, all! Dr. Yvette Westford – OB/GYN Dr. Westford was raised in Guyana, South America and immigrated to the United States to attend college in New York. She received her AAS in Physical Therapy from Nassau Community College in Garden City,…

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OakBend Medical Center Announces Physician of the Year
December 16, 2016

OakBend Medical Center Announces Physician of the Year

Dr. Gildardo Andres Ceballos has been named OakBend Medical Center’s 2016 Physician of the Year. The presentation was made at the annual physician party held this year in the Atrium at the Jackson Street Campus. The hospital received several nominations for the Physician of the Year award, and Dr. Ceballos was praised for his support…

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Marsalia Family Makes Donation to OakBend Medical Center in Recognition of Care Given to Family
December 16, 2016

Marsalia Family Makes Donation to OakBend Medical Center in Recognition of Care Given to Family

The Marsalia family wanted to find a way to say thank you to the doctors and staff at OakBend Medical Center for making the final days of their wife and mother’s life a bit easier. With the hospital’s Vision 2020 Campaign in place, the family decided to purchase one of the six new benches anchored…

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OakBend Receives NICHE Recognition for Second Year
December 12, 2016

OakBend Receives NICHE Recognition for Second Year

For the second year in a row, OakBend Medical Center has earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation. This designation recognizes OakBend’s ongoing commitment to geriatric nursing care. The NICHE program is designed to upgrade the quality of care for older adult patients by increasing awareness of geriatric issues, improving staff competence…

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OakBend’s Get with the Guidelines® – Stroke Award Recognized Nationally for Second Consecutive Year
December 6, 2016

OakBend’s Get with the Guidelines® – Stroke Award Recognized Nationally for Second Consecutive Year

OakBend Medical Center has been recognized by the 2016 US News & World Report. The hospitals which are listed in the magazine consistently adhered to the latest, evidence-based treatment guidelines which have been shown to have a tangible impact of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Earlier this year, the hospital received…

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First Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Surgeries at OakBend
November 29, 2016

First Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Surgeries at OakBend

Dr. Alan Rechter has successfully completed three, first of a kind, outpatient Total Joint replacement surgeries at OakBend Health System’s Metro Ortho and Spine Surgery Center. Until fairly recently, outpatient Total Joint replacements were rare. Now, because of advances in anesthesia, pain control and surgical techniques, outpatient Total Joint replacements are becoming a viable option…

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OakBend Named Finalist for Hospital Charitable Service Awards
November 29, 2016

OakBend Named Finalist for Hospital Charitable Service Awards

OakBend Medical Center has been named one of 26 finalists across the country for the Hospital Charitable Service Awards. OakBend, the only Texas hospital to be named a finalist, was nominated for the hospital’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. In 2012, OakBend Medical Center began participating in an incentive program referred to as…

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OakBend Receives Seventh Consecutive Gold Plus Award
October 26, 2016

OakBend Receives Seventh Consecutive Gold Plus Award

OakBend Medical Center has once again been honored with the Gold Plus Performance Award for its “Get With The Guidelines®” program, which promotes consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines for stroke victims. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s award, presented at the hospital’s Jackson Street campus, marks the 8th consecutive…

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A Record-Breaking Year for Patchwork
October 17, 2016

A Record-Breaking Year for Patchwork

OakBend Medical Center held its Patchwork of Life event on Thursday, October 13th. This year’s event honored the hospital volunteers for their 59 years of service and dedication to the hospital’s patients, visitors and staff. The event, “Patchwork of Life, Mending Lives Stitch by Stitch”, was chaired by May Tape, DDS and Beth Wolf and…

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2016 OakBend Junior Volunteers
September 30, 2016

2016 OakBend Junior Volunteers

The Junior Volunteer Program at OakBend Medical Center strives to introduce local high school students to the diverse career opportunities within healthcare and to experience the satisfaction from serving others while developing a sense of civic responsibility. OakBend Medical Center’s 2016 Junior Volunteer Program commenced on June 28th and the students had rotations through 7…

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OakBend Adds New Board Member
August 8, 2016

OakBend Adds New Board Member

OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Haley to the 2016 Board of Directors for the hospital. Haley fills the vacancy left by Barry Beard who was elected in May of this year to serve as a Commissioner for the City of Richmond. Jeff Haley is a native of Rosenberg/Richmond and…

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Board President Jeff Council receives THT Founders' Award
August 3, 2016

Board President Jeff Council receives THT Founders' Award

Jeff Council of OakBend Medical Center is the recipient of the 2016 Founders’ Award, Texas Healthcare Trustees’ highest honor. The award’s presentation took place July 29 during THT’s 2016 Healthcare Governance Conference in San Antonio. Trustees are leaders who go above and beyond as they work to improve health care in their communities. To celebrate…

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CEO Joe Freudenberger EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
July 18, 2016

CEO Joe Freudenberger EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

OakBend Medical Center’s CEO, Joseph Freudenberger, has been named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Gulf Coast Region. EY is the umbrella term for Ernst & Young Global Limited firms. According to EY, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary successes in such areas as…

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Spiritual Care Volunteers Honored
May 18, 2016

Spiritual Care Volunteers Honored

In photograph: From left, Cindy Johnson, VP/Asst. Administrator of OakBend, Donald Ries, Joe Grace, OakBend Chaplain, and David Suire. Spiritual Care Volunteers not pictured; Donna Shiflette, Pamela Terry, Stephen Horgan, John Kujawa, Dan Burke, Jim Siebenthal, and Chris Langdon. On Friday, April 15, 2016, Joe G Grace II, the Chaplain at OakBend Medical Center held…

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Stroke Walk Success
March 14, 2016

Stroke Walk Success

OakBend Medical Center’s annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke 3k” is growing and going strong. This year over 350 people registered to walk the 3K and support the stroke program at OakBend. The Stroke Walk, held at Seabourne Creek Nature Park, included breakfast, health screenings for blood pressure and a DJ to entertain the crowd while…

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Dr. Ed Uthman Named 2015 Physician of the Year
December 23, 2015

Dr. Ed Uthman Named 2015 Physician of the Year

Dr. Ed Uthman, OakBend’s Laboratory Medical Director, has been named OakBend Medical Center’s 2015 Physician of the Year. The Physician of the Year award, OakBend’s highest recognition, is presented annually to one outstanding physician who possesses significant practice experience, compassion, kindness and sincerity that translate not only to their patients, but to their nurses and…

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Patchwork of Life a Great Success
October 20, 2015

Patchwork of Life a Great Success

OakBend Medical Center’s fundraiser, Patchwork of Life Beautiful Beginnings, raised over $275,000 this year. The monies will be used to expand the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level II NICU designed to care for babies born as early as 28 weeks. With the increase in births, the Unit needs to expand from its…

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2015 OakBend Junior Volunteers
September 29, 2015

2015 OakBend Junior Volunteers

The Junior Volunteer Program at OakBend Medical Center allows high school students the opportunity to observe multiple hospital departments working together for the best possible outcome of the patients and the community. This program is ideal for those interested in exploring a career in healthcare. This year, the junior volunteers were able to observe and…

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OakBend’s Get with the Guidelines® – Stroke Award Recognized Nationally
September 21, 2015

OakBend’s Get with the Guidelines® – Stroke Award Recognized Nationally

OakBend Medical Center has been recognized by the US News & World Reports 2016 Edition Best Hospitals. The hospitals listed in the magazine have worked hard to make sure that their heart disease and stroke patients get the benefits of up-to-date scientific guidelines-based treatment. Earlier this year, while hosting its “Stepping Out Against Stroke Walk,”…

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ACE Unit Featured on Fox 26 Houston
September 15, 2015

ACE Unit Featured on Fox 26 Houston

RICHMOND, Texas (FOX 26) – Hospital stays can be stressful for an elderly patient and their family. Unfortunately, studies show older patients often don’t do well after being hospitalized. That’s why Oak Bend Medical Center in Richmond has developed a state-of-the-art unit for elderly patients known as “ACE.” Up and safely out of bed is…

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The Latest Changes at OakBend
September 4, 2015

The Latest Changes at OakBend

OakBend Medical Center’s Skilled Nursing Facility received brand new wood-look flooring this week. This renovation was made possible by the Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which is the volunteer organization at OakBend Medical Center. The group has raised money for the hospital through various activities such as gift shop sales, bake sales, popcorn sales, silent…

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Dr. Joe Anzaldúa Named to Texas Monthly Super Doctors® Texas
July 23, 2015

Dr. Joe Anzaldúa Named to Texas Monthly Super Doctors® Texas

OakBend Medical Group’s Dr. Joe Anzaldúa has been selected as one of the Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Doctors® Texas. The printed listing will be in Texas Monthly Magazine’s December 2015 issue and online at: www.superdoctors.com. Anzaldúa has been practicing family medicine in our area since 1985. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School…

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Leadership Fort Bend Visits OakBend Medical Center
June 30, 2015

Leadership Fort Bend Visits OakBend Medical Center

On April 1st, the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Leadership Fort Bend group visited OakBend Medical Center. Participants heard presentations by OakBend Medical Center’s CEO Joe Freudenberger, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Rodney Lenfant, and Vice President and Administrator Sue McCarty. The visit also included a tour of our Acute Care for the Elderly…

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OakBend Earns Readers' Choice Award
June 26, 2015

OakBend Earns Readers' Choice Award

The Fort Bend Star ran their inaugural Readers’ Choice Best of 2015 Awards to celebrate the best businesses and facilities in Fort Bend County. With twelve major categories and multiple sub-categories, the top three businesses chosen in each subcategory were recognized as winners. Thanks to many supportive community members, OakBend Medical Center was voted among the top 3 facilities in the Best…

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Joint Commission Accreditation
June 25, 2015

Joint Commission Accreditation

The Joint Commission, an organization made up of individuals from the private medical sector to develop and maintain standards of quality in medical facilities in the United States, makes an unannounced visit every three years to review safety, quality and standards compliance throughout the organization. This year, five surveyors visited OakBend Medical Center for five…

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OakBend Kicks Off Vision 2020 Campaign
May 22, 2015

OakBend Kicks Off Vision 2020 Campaign

OakBend Medical Center kicked off its Vision 2020 Campaign last night with a dinner for 100 community and hospital leaders.  The Campaign which will provide visible and meaningful improvements is designed to give the community an opportunity to invest in the future of OakBend Medical Center. The advances in medicine clearly indicate that the environment…

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OakBend Celebrates 65 Years of Quality Healthcare
May 18, 2015

OakBend Celebrates 65 Years of Quality Healthcare

On May 16, 2015, OakBend Medical Center had a wonderful time celebrating 65 years of serving the Fort Bend County community. OakBend Medical Center was founded in 1950 as Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital by a group of private citizens, led by Mr. and Mrs. A.P. George, who were motivated by the need for a hospital…

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65 Years and Going Strong
May 16, 2015

65 Years and Going Strong

OakBend Medical Center’s 65th celebration of serving the Fort Bend community was a huge success. The hospital hosted a free community event with activities for children, music, health screenings, hot dogs, chips, cake and ice cream. The party, which took place on the hospital’s main campus, brought families and community leaders together for a few…

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The Houston Chronicle's 15th Annual Salute To Nurses Luncheon
May 11, 2015

The Houston Chronicle's 15th Annual Salute To Nurses Luncheon

Each May, the Houston Chronicle honors nurses of the Houston area during National Nurses Week. This year’s 15th annual Salute to Nurses Luncheon honored our very own ER Charge Nurse Donna Jameson. Donna and Stevi Ahearn, our ER Manager, attended the luncheon on May 7, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Visit The Houston Chronicle…

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OakBend's Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K
May 2, 2015

OakBend's Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K

OakBend Medical Center’s Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Seabourne Creek Nature Park. With over 200 participants, and perfect weather, the Stroke Program was recognized by the American Heart Association for receiving the Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Award. Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, and…

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OakBend Medical Center Receives High Scores from Joint Commission
April 27, 2015

OakBend Medical Center Receives High Scores from Joint Commission

OakBend Medical Center has received 98% compliance from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). JCAHO is an organization made up of individuals from the private medical sector to develop and maintain standards of quality in medical facilities in the United States. The Joint Commission makes an unannounced visit every three years to…

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Exciting Events in May
April 15, 2015

Exciting Events in May

At OakBend Medical Center, we are looking forward to several big events coming up in May! Join us in supporting two great causes, and help us celebrate 65 years of serving the Fort Bend County community. You won’t want to miss the exciting things we have planned for next month! Here’s a peek at what’s ahead:…

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OakBend hires development director, names board
March 13, 2015

OakBend hires development director, names board

The Houston Chronicle recently featured an article introducing OakBend Medical Center’s new board members and new development director, Alicen L. Swift. Swift has a background in fundraising and comes to OakBend from Yellowstone Academy where she served as the director of development and communications. She has previously held positions with JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter…

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Meet the First Known Triplets Born in Fort Bend County
March 3, 2015

Meet the First Known Triplets Born in Fort Bend County

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 the first known set of triplets of Fort Bend County were born at OakBend Medical Center. Click Here to see the ABC 13 segment on the triplets and their mother.

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First Known Triplets of Fort Bend County Born at OakBend Medical Center
February 25, 2015

First Known Triplets of Fort Bend County Born at OakBend Medical Center

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Fagbohun and the Labor & Delivery Department at OakBend Medical Center have delivered the first known triplets in Fort Bend County. Congratulations to Ngozi Oliway Nwachi on her brand new triplets: Sean, Samara, and Sasha (one boy and two girls). The triplets were born on February 24,…

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OakBend Employee Appreciation Party
February 21, 2015

OakBend Employee Appreciation Party

Back to the 50’s! OakBend employees gathered at Safari Texas Ranch Friday, February 20th for an appreciation party. The night consisted of great food, raffle prizes, and plenty of dancing to 50’s music and beyond. Thank you for all that you do employees! Click here to see pictures from our Facebook album.

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Gurecky Manufacturing Lunch 'n Learn
January 21, 2015

Gurecky Manufacturing Lunch 'n Learn

On January 21, 2015 OakBend Medical Center teamed up with Gurecky Manufacturing Service in Rosenberg, Texas to provide health information to their employees. Dr. Ceballos of OakBend Medical Group spoke to the employees about Diabetes. Health screenings were provided including blood pressure, blood sugar, and BMI testings. View the Facebook album for more pictures.

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ACE Unit Grand Opening
January 15, 2015

ACE Unit Grand Opening

On January 8, 2015, the Central Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce was joined by OakBend Medical Center board members, administration, staff, and community members for a ribbon cutting and the grand opening of the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit. Check out our Facebook to see more pictures.

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A Time for Giving
December 18, 2014

A Time for Giving

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many families. Fortunately, Fort Bend County is blessed with a generous and supportive community, full of helping hands. Last month, OakBend Medical Center partnered with Jane Long Elementary School to provide food to students and families in need. Employees, community members, and friends of OakBend donated…

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ACE Unit – NOW OPEN
December 16, 2014

ACE Unit – NOW OPEN

Fort Bend County’s Only ACE Unit is now open on the third floor of the Jackson Street campus of OakBend Medical Center (1705 Jackson Street, Richmond 77469). This Acute Care for the Elderly Unit is specifically designed with the elderly in mind. The unit takes a multi-disciplinary approach involving a Geriatrician, Dietitian, Physical Therapists, Pharmacist,…

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Physician of the Year 2014
December 8, 2014

Physician of the Year 2014

We are proud to announce OakBend Medical Center’s Physician of the Year for 2014, Dr. McClamroch. James R. McClamroch attended the University of Texas and graduated in May 1973, with a BA degree in the Plan II honors program. He attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and graduated with an MD degree in…

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2014 Patchwork of Life
November 3, 2014

2014 Patchwork of Life

OakBend Medical Center’s annual “Patchwork of Life” fundraising event took place on Thursday, October 16th at Safari Texas Ranch. It was an extraordinary evening with over 450 people standing behind a wonderful cause for the hospital. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour where they could purchase quilt squares to be incorporated into a quilt for the…

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OBMC Earns Texas Ten Step Program Facility Designation
October 27, 2014

OBMC Earns Texas Ten Step Program Facility Designation

OakBend Medical Center has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Choosing a new physician?
September 25, 2014

Choosing a new physician?

Get the answers to all of your questions by calling OakBend’s Physician Referral Line at 281-341-4800.

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Have you met Dr. Armstrong?
September 9, 2014

Have you met Dr. Armstrong?

Have you met Dr. Armstrong? Dr. Armstrong is an Interventional Radiologist who loves the team atmosphere at OakBend Medical Center. He enjoys time with his wife and three boys, training for triathlons and photography.

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The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2014!
September 9, 2014

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2014!

We want to take a minute to brag about our CEO, Joe Freudenberger! He was a finalist this past Thursday for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2014! Congrats, Joe! #oakbendmedcenter

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