SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (October 07, 2014)

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital TeamNationally recognized heart experts from Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest are now treating patients and training staff at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

“We are excited about joining forces with the Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital team to provide comprehensive cardiac and vascular care for our patients,” said Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Chief Executive Officer Greg Haralson.

Providing healthcare technology, expertise, and healing for families living in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Wharton, and El Campo, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land was named among the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by the international business research firm, Truven Health Analytics.

“This initiative means a dramatic improvement in the quality of cardiac and vascular care along the U.S. Route 59 southwest corridor,” said Memorial Hermann Southwest Chief Executive Officer Gary Kerr. “Some of the best cardiovascular surgeons and physicians in Houston are now available directly in the community where patients live.”

Selected from more than 1,000 U.S hospitals, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest is among Truven Health’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. This annual designation identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular service and demonstrates the commitment a hospital’s cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff have for basic care and patient outcomes.

Interventional Cardiologists Majid Basit, MD and Yassir Sonbol, MD, affiliated with Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest, are now performing cardiac and peripheral catheterization procedures at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. In the near future, their team will offer a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) program to care for the most complex interventional cases.

“Having this level of cardiovascular expertise and talent on site will ensure precious time is not wasted with transportation to a hospital downtown,” said Basit. “Ultimately, we are focused on the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for each one of our patients.”

For higher levels of care, patients can be transported within minutes to Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest by Memorial Hermann Life Flight® helicopter.

One of only 256 hospitals recognized nationwide, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest recently received the American College of Cardiology’s 2014 NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award. In addition, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons awarded the hospital its highest rating of three stars for quality related to heart bypass surgery.