Expanded Women's & Children's Pavilion
After giving birth
must return –
as a patient having another baby or
even becoming a part of the Methodist
Willowbrook family. Bringing a child
into the world in such a warm and
compassionate environment convinces
many that they can't be satisfied working
"What better way to recruit employees
than to have actual patients coming back
saying, 'I want to work for Methodist
Willowbrook because I experienced
such great care here!'" says Jodie M.
Turner, RN, MSN, MHA, director of
Family-Centered Care at Methodist
Willowbrook. One of our patients,
Anupam Sidhu, MD, decided to practice
medicine at Methodist Willowbrook
after she delivered her baby here. The
physician and new mom stated, "The
exceptional care I experienced shows
the high expectations of care and service
at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. As
a physician, I want to practice medicine
in that kind of environment – for me and
for my patients."
IN ONE PLACE
Now there's even more to be proud
of in the Women's and Children's
Pavilion, which has undergone a
significant expansion to provide
comprehensive care all in one place.
Expanded services now include all
private rooms, a nine-bed, high-risk
antepartum unit for expectant moms who require in-hospital monitoring
and a higher-level specialty care in the
neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Kiran Tam Tam, MD
"Methodist Willowbrook has always
provided antepartum care for
maternity patients as part of its labor
and delivery unit," Turner notes, "but
the new dedicated rooms allow the
hospital to offer high-risk mothers –
those who may be experiencing early
labor, pregnancy-induced high blood
pressure or other complications – the
ability to stay at the hospital to
complete their pregnancy and deliver
their baby or babies." Supporting
mothers-to-be through all phases of
care – pre-term labor, labor, delivery
and post-partum experience – ensures
continuity of care and also makes for
happy moms. "We take care of every
patient like they are a part of our
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
family – and many times they actually
are!" says Turner.
Kiran Tam Tam, MD, a Maternal-Fetal
Medicine specialist with Texas
Children's Hospital, says, "High-risk
pregnancies require specialized care
and Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
provides state-of-the-art technology
and care for these patients."
Physicians can view their patients'
fetal monitoring results remotely via
"OB airstrips," which transmit vital
information to a device – an important
safety mechanism and a physician-satisfier.
"Our patient population is
very savvy," says Turner. "They want
to know about the hospital's
technological capabilities and how
they are utilized to provide the best
FAMILY CARE – PART
OF PREEMIE CARE
"The labor and delivery unit is an
especially busy place as the number of
babies born at Methodist Willowbrook
has increased from approximately 2,000
to 3,000 deliveries annually," Turner says.
The babies who are born prematurely –
typically before 37 weeks of pregnancy –
are cared for in the expanded NICU. The
new NICU is located on the third floor of
the Women's and Children's Pavilion
and features private rooms where moms
can stay with their babies.
"Sometimes newborn babies are born
prior to the full gestation period, or
prematurely, or a baby is born needing
other stabilizing care," says Turner.
"In these situations, a NICU setting
with additional care is needed."
Methodist Willowbrook's commitment
to care includes staffing the NICU with
Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse
Practitioners who are also on staff at
Texas Children's Hospital and have
been specially trained in the care of the premature infant. These physician
and nurse practitioner specialists
provide coverage in the NICU
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Adel ElHennawy, MD, medical director
of the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
NICU, states, "The neonatal nurses at
Methodist Willowbrook, along with the
Neonatologists, work together to provide
expert-level care to infants needing
attention above and beyond the typical
newborn. You can rest assured that your
questions will be answered and that your
concerns will be relieved because we put
our hearts and souls into caring for your
baby. We are thankful to have a NICU
that allows moms to stay with their
babies, which provides critical bonding
for a new family."
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
prides itself on family-centered care –
from the birthing center to the NICU
and throughout pediatric services.
"Even after babies are discharged from
our NICU, we send personal
invitations to patients and their
families to come back to visit," Turner
says. "We care about the progress of
these infants and want to see how the
babies are growing and developing."