New breast milk bank in Heights offers convenience, health benefits for mothers

Nicole Gallagher holds her 5-month-old daughter Claire while dropping off a container of breast milk at Texas Lactation Consultants on Heights Boulevard. (Contributed Photo)

As a mother of two young children, Nicole Gallagher knows better than some the importance of having a healthy supply of milk for growing infants. She says she is blessed with an “oversupply” of breastmilk, and she’s putting it to good use at Texas Lactation Consultants, Houston’s first neighborhood-based breast milk bank which opened its […]

Memorial Hermann Northwest uses advanced technology to light the way on the path of healing

Pictured are Ibrahim Garcia-Mowatt, MD, Board Certified Specialist in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and Kwame Mensah, RN, BSN, with the LUNA Fluorescence Angiography System at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital Wound Care.  This system allows both doctors and patients to see the blood flow as it is happening to help determine the best treatment options to promote healing.   Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, on the 610 service road just before Ella Blvd, is the only facility in the Houston area with the LUNA Fluorescence Angiography System.  (Contributed Photo)

An advanced technology now available at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital in the Greater Heights area has the capability to drastically improve wound care for patients and greatly reduce the impact of chronic wounds, according to Ibrahim Garcia-Mowatt, M.D., a board-certified specialist in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy affiliated with Memorial Hermann Northwest. Chronic wounds, […]

Memorial Hermann: Early screening essential to preventing colorectal cancer

GI Specialists of Houston recently moved to a new address at 1900 North Loop West #390, Houston, TX 77018. Pictured left to right are Clinical Manager Amanda Cordova, Administrator Gaby Cortez and business office staff Adriana Rodriguez and Shay Lewis. For more information, visit GISpecialistsHouston.com. (Contributed Photo)

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital For The Leader March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and colorectal cancer expert Vijaya L. Kaila, M.D., a gastroenterologist with GI Specialists of Houston and affiliated with Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, is trying to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease. “Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in […]

Going the Distance – Local marathoner inspires others

Heights resident Felix Lugo has been inspiring fellow runners for years through his Houston FIT training group. Since 2002, Lugo often carries an American flag across the finish line at the Houston Marathon, compelled by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his father’s military service. (Contributed Photo)

By Renae Virata For The Leader Heights resident Felix Lugo began running in the 1980s to stay in shape and to run in various 5K and 10K races. In 1997, he decided to take his running one step further by completing a full marathon, joining the marathon and half marathon training program Houston FIT to […]

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital names physician and employee of the year

Anu Flemin, RN, and Binu Aji, RN, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital’s 2014 Employees of the Year with CEO Susan Jadlowski. (Contributed Photo)

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital For The Leader The “Dynamic Duo” Anu Flemin, RN, and Binu Aji, RN, Intensive Care Unit, have received very special honors from Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. Dr. Melendez, a pulmonologist, was named Physician of the Year, and twin sisters Flemin and Aji, critical care nurses, together were named Employees of the […]

Before, during and after – Coming back strong after joint replacement

Caroline Kihunah, RN-BC, helps people who choose joint replacement navigate the entire process.

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital For The Leader From pre-surgical education sessions to postoperative follow-up, Caroline Kihunah, RN-BC, helps people who choose joint replacement navigate the entire process – before, during and after surgery – at the Memorial Hermann Joint Center at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. “Having a knee or hip joint replaced isn’t as disruptive […]

Memorial Hermann Northwest, HYPO celebrate successful toy drive

Members of the Heights Young Professionals Organization (HYPO) helped collect toys donated at local Walgreens. (Contributed Photo)

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital partnered with the Heights Young Professionals Organization, the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce, local Walgreens, and the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA to bring the joy of the holidays to underprivileged children in our community. Toy donations served children in the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA Outreach Program. […]

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital Receives Nursing Excellence Designation

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital is celebrating receiving the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence designation, signifying the medical center’s commitment to providing nurses with a positive environment where they can excel.
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For The Leader Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital Melody Dickerson chose nursing as a career in high school, after being hospitalized following a car accident. Today, she’s a master’s-degreed registered nurse, a certified professional in healthcare quality and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. “After my accident I realized I had a calling […]