HCA Gulf Coast
April 19, 2021

Pictured from L to R: Jantzen Thorns, MD, Ata Ahmad, MD, Brian Harkins, MD, Marie Sohner, MD, and Ronak Patel, DO

Tomball, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball recently achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, recognized for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).

Status as an accredited facility means that HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball has met nationally and internationally recognized standards. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous requirements and inspection process are granted accreditation.

HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball has one of the busiest and most advanced robotic surgery programs in the greater Houston area. Because of this, the hospital recently installed a third robotic surgery system. This most recent installation means that 30% of the OR capacity is dedicated to robotically assisted surgery. The hospital currently offers robotically assisted surgeries in urology, gynecology, orthopedics and bariatrics. Abdominal and colorectal robotically assisted procedures are also performed. Benefits of robotic surgery may include less blood loss, reduced pain post-surgery, less scarring, shorter hospital stays and a reduced risk of infection.

“HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball has a phenomenal team of physicians, nurses, and clinicians that work together in our goal to provide safe, effective, evidence-based care. This was a rigorous inspection, and one that not all programs undergo, said Robert Marmerstein, chief executive officer. “This accreditation further confirms to our community and medical staff that we are a leader in minimally-invasive robotically assisted surgery and goes on to demonstrate our dedication to the highest standards for patient care, quality and safety.”

Healthcare organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and inspection process. This includes physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in the accredited program. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization or surgeon improve its care and services.

“We’re proud to recognize HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball for their commitment to advancing and providing quality care for all patients,” said Gary M. Pratt, CEO of SRC. “This accreditation signals that this hospital is among the best in this specialty and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible.”

To learn more about SRC and the accreditation process, visit SurgicalReview.org.

About HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball

HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball is a 350-bed acute care hospital that has provided Tomball and the surrounding area with quality healthcare for more than 70 years. The facility offers a wide range of services including a designated Level III trauma center, Level II neonatal intensive care unit and women’s center, robot-assisted surgery, joint and spine center, comprehensive cardiac services, neurosciences, inpatient rehabilitation, and a wound care center with hyperbaric chambers. HCA Houston Tomball is a certified advanced primary stroke center, a certified chest pain center, and the American Heart Association’s 2019 Mission Lifeline; Silver Plus – STEMI Receiving Center. The hospital has also achieved the Texas Ten Step Designation and Pathway to Excellence Designation for nursing care. For more information, visit HCAHoustonHealthcare.com/locations/tomball/

About HCA Houston Healthcare

HCA Houston Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare in the Houston area, where excellent trained physicians, nurses and allied health professionals treat almost a million patients. With an employee base of 15,000, HCA Houston Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 13 hospitals, 10 outpatient surgery centers, 11 freestanding emergency centers and numerous freestanding diagnostic imaging facilities in the greater Houston area. It also includes a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of HCA Houston Healthcare facilities as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. As one of the region’s largest healthcare systems, HCA Houston Healthcare recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities we serve. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Houston Healthcare also is a major supporter of the University of Houston College of Nursing and the new University of Houston College of Medicine. For more information, visit HCAHoustonHealthcare.com.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC accredits the top hospitals, surgeons and health professionals worldwide that meet our proven standards. Look for our seal, expect excellence. For more information, visit SurgicalReview.org.