Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | June 2020

SUGAR LAND MISSOURI CITY EDITION

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PHOTOS BY CLAIRE SHOOP, COURTESY CHI ST. LUKE’S HEALTHCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BY CLAIRE SHOOP

as health care providers had to overhaul operations and rethink procedures to keep patients safe all while suering a budgetary hit. While the Houston area has not seen a surge in coro- navirus patients like other parts of the country and world have, Chris Siebenaler, the regional senior vice president and CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, said hospitals still had to prepare for a poten- tial inux of patients.

“Dealing with the inux of [COVID-19] patients pres- ents a unique set of challenges because we don’t have a lot of data as to how do you care for these patients,” Siebenaler said. “For a period of about six or seven weeks, it was a daily dynamic process of understand- ing what’s happening, what’s changing in terms of how we care for these patients, what precautions we take in terms of [personal protective equipment]. All of those

As Sugar Land health care providers continue to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, executives are beginning to reect on the virus’s eect on daily operations, revenue streams and how medical care is administered in the future. In early March, Fort Bend County reported the rst case of the virus in the Greater Houston area, launch- ing hospitals and urgent care facilities to the forefront

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