Archive for September, 2015

September 14, 2015

St. Joseph Launches an Obstetrics Hospitalist Program

Bryan, Texas, September 14, 2015 As St. Joseph continues to enhance services expectant women in the Brazos Valley, we are pleased to announce we have introduced an obstetrics (OB) hospitalist program at St. Joseph Regional Health Center that began September 1. Hospitalist programs staff physicians who work on site in a hospital, instead of working on an on-call basis or traveling back and forth between offices. This staffing model improves patient care and safety by ensuring medical professionals are available and on site when patients need them.

At St. Joseph, this means that we now have an OB physician at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to provide care at all times including emergency OB cases, such as high-risk pregnancies. These physicians will treat obstetric or gynecological emergencies within the hospital. We are the only health system to provide this level of care in our region. This new program is the result of many months of collaboration and planning. To staff the additional hospitalist physicians, St. Joseph has partnered with Emergency Service Partners (ESP) and Brazos Valley Obstetric Hospitalists. We also work with ESP to staff our Emergency Department. We’re excited to welcome our new OB hospitalist team members: physicians, Katie Brading, MD, Hector Chapa, MD, Michael Hodnett, MD, Renee Zimmerman, MD, led by Medical Director, Daniel Dawson MD, MBA, FACOG. Our longstanding partnerships with OB physicians in our community and the Brazos Valley Women’s Center will continue as we look to further expand our women’s services.iStock_000021995084Large


About St. Joseph Health System

Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health System is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including St. Joseph Regional Health Center, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Physician Associates operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. St. Joseph Health System is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit

St. Joseph Health System is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 18 states and comprises more than 90 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 24 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.

September 14, 2015

St. Joseph Physicians Recognized by Super Doctors of Texas

Congratulations to Bryan D. Parrent, M.D., general surgeon with St. Joseph Brazos Surgical Group, for being recognized as a 2015 Super Doctor. Jason M. Hoover, M.D., neurosurgeon with Texas Brain & Spine Institute, was also recognized as a Rising Star 2015 by Super Doctor. Congratulations to both physicians.

Super Doctors is a collection of outstanding physicians in Texas from more than 40 medical specialties who have achieved a high degree of recognition or professional achievement from their peers.

A rigorous, multi-step process is designed to help identify physicians meet this criteria. Physicians are invited to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their field of medicine. Research of medical databases, online sources and publications are done on physicians who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements. Additionally, candidates are evaluated on ten indicators including years of experience, hospital appointments, fellowships, leadership positions, honors and awards to name a few.