February 13, 2019
Feb. 13, 2019 (Pasadena, Texas) – HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, an HCA Houston Healthcare affiliated hospital, today opened a third Women’s Care Center, occupying 1,328 square feet in the Northshore East Shopping Center at 13525B 1-10 East Freeway, Houston, TX 77015.
The new facility replaces the hospital’s previous clinic at 13111 I-10 East Freeway, which it closed due to Hurricane Harvey damage. Designed specifically as a women’s care clinic specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, the facility features several upgrades compared with its original location, including updated waiting, lab and triage areas for improved patient comfort and privacy. Additionally, the center now features seven exam rooms, up from six, which are larger in size than those at the former clinic.
HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast already operates two other Women’s Care Center clinics – one at 148 Fairmont Parkway and one at 3933 Broadway – and with the addition of this third clinic, now blankets East Harris County with access to critical women’s health services. Via a unique care model, the hospital’s board-certified nurse midwives and women’s health nurse practitioner, consulting with board-certified physicians, provide prenatal care close to home in an intimate clinic setting. Midwives then help their patients deliver at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast with the security of a level II and a level III neonatal intensive care unit on the same floor.
“I’m a big believer in our model – there is a huge demand for midwife care in our community, and more than that, a need for women’s health services close to home where nurse midwives are often the best and only option,” said Constance Dupler, director of midwifery at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. “Our goal is to improve healthcare access by providing patients a safe, judgement-free zone where they can feel supported in proactively managing their prenatal care for the healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible.”
HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast began offering midwife services in 2003, and opened its first Women’s Care Center in 2007 after noting patients were still “dropping in” for midwife delivery with little to no prenatal care. Today, its three clinics accept walk-ins for free pregnancy tests. Upon a positive test result, patients are immediately connected to resources, including help applying for Medicaid or CHIP assistance. All support staff are bilingual and empowered to seek creative solutions to holistic patient needs.
In addition to prenatal care, HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast’s new women’s care clinics provide a variety of other services, including: nutrition counseling, labor coaching, delivery support, breastfeeding, postpartum care and general gynecology.