SOURCE: The Woman's Hospital of Texas at Conroe

October 11, 2007 13:29 ET

HCA Announces Conroe Regional Medical Center to Affiliate With the Woman's Hospital of Texas

CONROE, TX--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - HCA announced today the formation of an affiliation between two Gulf Coast Division Hospitals, Conroe Regional Medical Center and The Woman's Hospital of Texas. The affiliation will provide women and infants in The Woodlands and Conroe areas convenient access to the highly regarded, specialized services for which The Woman's Hospital of Texas is renowned. This partnership, the first of its kind among HCA's Gulf Coast Division hospitals, will be known as The Woman's Hospital of Texas at Conroe and launches Oct. 11, 2007.

"HCA is committed to providing the highest level of healthcare to all of the communities we serve. We believe that this partnership between two of our finest facilities will enhance the services and capabilities we have to offer to women in this area," said Maura Walsh, President of HCA's Gulf Coast Division.

Through this affiliation, patients in The Woodlands, Conroe and surrounding areas will be able to obtain the high standard of care long associated with The Woman's Hospital of Texas without having to leave their communities. Staff from Conroe Regional Medical Center will receive specialized training at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. Additional services offered at Woman's will now be available at Conroe including one-on-one nursing care in Labor & Delivery during active labor and a neonatal nurse practitioner present in the hospital 24 hours a day/7 days a week for any neonatal emergency. The Woman's Hospital and Conroe will also share extensive research and educational opportunities.

The Woman's Hospital of Texas is home to nationally recognized Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists (MFM). MFMs are physicians who have obtained three years of additional education and training in the complications a pregnant woman might encounter. MFMs are also specialists in ultrasound evaluation and helping high-risk moms maintain their pregnancies. Some of Woman's MFMs will office in Conroe to consult on high-risk pregnancies.

"The Woman's Hospital of Texas was recognized this year as one of the top 50 hospitals in the country for gynecological care by U.S.News & World Report," says Linda Russell CEO of The Woman's Hospital of Texas. "Our physicians founded our hospital more than 30 years ago and have been pioneers in establishing a standard of care for women. We are pleased to bring our expertise to the communities served by Conroe Regional Medical Center."

Conroe Regional Medical Center provides obstetrical services for women and neonatal intensive care services for high-risk newborns born at Conroe or transported from anywhere within a 100-mile radius. Board-certified Neonatologists and board-certified specialty physicians care for these babies along with a certified nursing staff. A transport team, specially trained to prepare, care for and manage these newborns as they are transferred from other facilities, is on duty 24-hours a day.

"This is the first step in what we anticipate to be a growing relationship with The Woman's Hospital of Texas," says Jerry Nash, CEO of Conroe Regional Medical Center. "This collaboration allows us to combine our exceptional services and continue to provide the best care for families in our area."

HCA -- HCA is the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, composed of locally managed facilities that include 173 hospitals and 108 outpatient centers in 20 states, England, and Switzerland. Founded by physicians in 1968, Nashville-based HCA was one of the nation's first hospital companies. HCA and its affiliates employ approximately 180,000 people.

The Woman's Hospital of Texas -- Established in 1976, The Woman's Hospital of Texas remains the only specialty hospital in the Houston area dedicated exclusively to the care of women and infants. With nearly 9,000 deliveries last year alone, it's easy to see why The Woman's Hospital of Texas is known for babies. Our cutting-edge Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and one-on-one labor and delivery nursing help women feel good about becoming moms. But we do a lot more than bring shining faces into the world. We help women at every stage of life get well and stay healthy. Last year, we performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures unrelated to birth for women of all ages. More than 10,000 patients, their family members and others in the community participated in our Education Classes and Support Groups. The Woman's Hospital of Texas. Every Woman. Every Baby.

Conroe Regional Medical Center -- Established more than 25 years ago, Conroe Regional Medical Center serves communities within a 100 mile radius of its facility. Both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department are Level III services -- providing higher levels of care that are not readily available in many regions between Dallas and Houston. The recently opened and expanded Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Units provide state-of-the-art technology and monitoring for as many as 36 patients at a time. CRMC offers surgery, outpatient testing, 24/7 emergency care in the CRMC Level III Trauma Center, OB, Women's services, Cancer services, sleep lab, hyperbaric medicine, diabetes management, physical therapy, cardiac rehab and other services which continue to grow. The objective of Conroe Regional Medical Center remains the same -- to serve the people in the community who come to us for their healthcare needs. The focus continues to expand as we offer the entire region a convenient, quality location filled with educated, professional staff which can provide expert care using technologically advanced techniques and equipment right in their own backyard.

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