MEMORIAL HERMANN CYPRESS APPOINTS CHIEF NURSING OFFICER
Jessica Rivas, MSN, RN, CENP, NEA-BC has been named vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO) at Memorial Hermann Cypress. As CNO, Rivas is working alongside Kyle Stanzel, Memorial Hermann Cypress vice president of operations, to manage daily operations and financial performance. She also has executive oversight of regulatory standards, compliance, patient satisfaction, patient safety, quality of patient care and employee engagement.
“Jessica has a wealth of experience in healthcare, both at the bedside and in administrative roles,” said Scott Barbe, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress. “She’s recognized as a team builder, mentor and leader, and excels at forming collaborative relationships with physicians and nurses alike.”
In addition, Rivas is leading recruitment efforts to staff nursing and clinical positions on the campus, which includes a recently opened Convenient Care Center and an 81-bed acute care hospital scheduled to open in spring 2017.
“Joining Memorial Hermann Cypress during this time of growth is an amazing opportunity,” said Rivas. “I welcome the rewards and challenges of launching a new hospital campus and building a team that will provide exceptional healthcare in our community.”
Most recently, Rivas served as vice president and CNO for HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center in Phoenix. She also served as executive lead for the design and construction of a $42-million hospital expansion project and oversaw the design, construction and opening of the Free Standing Emergency Department at HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing.
Before her role in Arizona, Rivas also held numerous CNO and other positions for several medical centers throughout the U.S.
Rivas is currently pursuing a masters in healthcare administration and is board certified in nursing administration through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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HOUSTON METHODIST SPRING EMERGENCY CARE CENTER OPENS
On April 20, the new Houston Methodist Spring Emergency Care Center, located on 5303 FM 2920 at Gosling Road, officially opened and accepted its first patient. Inclement weather prevented the emergency care center from opening on April 18 as previously scheduled.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recently celebrated the occasion with a community open house and blessing ceremony.
“A lot of people ask me what’s the difference between an emergency care center and an urgent care center. This facility is a full-service emergency room with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and specially trained staff who are ready to handle life threatening medical emergencies,” said Keith Barber, chief executive officer, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president, Houston Methodist. “Houston Methodist Emergency Care Centers offer the same standard of hospital level care – only now we are located in the neighborhoods we serve.”
The 9,600-square-foot facility is equipped with 10 large, private treatment rooms, a fetal monitoring room for expectant mothers, and on-site imaging and diagnostic technology.
Additionally, the emergency care center provides tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is a clot busting therapy, to treat people arriving at the facility with symptoms of a stroke. It’s a standard of care Judy Chen, a Champions Forest resident who attended the open house and blessing ceremony, has come to expect from Houston Methodist.
“My husband had a stroke in 2008, and I didn’t know anything about strokes,” said Chen. “I drove him to the emergency room at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, because I didn’t know I should’ve called 911. He survived and now I know: every minute counts and time is tissue,” said Chen.
Houston Methodist Spring Emergency Care Center is a department of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Last year, the hospital opened the Houston Methodist Cypress Emergency Care Center located at 27560 U.S. 290 Frontage Road at Fairfield Creek Drive. The development of freestanding facilities is part of the hospital’s vision to expand and better meet the needs of the community. Houston Methodist also has a presence in the French Quarter, a business park on FM 2920 in Spring, that supports two physician practices: Houston Methodist Primary Care Group and Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.