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Dept. of Urology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, headed by VUI leader Dr. Kevin Slawin, earns distinction as one of the nation's top Urology programs in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals"

July 21, 2008

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center earned distinction as one of the nation’s top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, published July 21, 2008.

After an absence of several years, Memorial Hermann-TMC returned to the rankings at number 39 in the country for its urology program in only the first year after it entered into a strategic partnership with the Vanguard Urologic Institute, led by Dr. Kevin Slawin, who was appointed Director of Urology at Memorial Hermann-TMC in May 2007.

A world-renowned urologist and researcher, Dr. Slawin is Clinical Professor of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has been a leader in prostate cancer research dating back to his tenure as Director of the Baylor Prostate Center, a position he held until last year when he opened the new Vanguard Urologic Institute. Dr. Slawin and his colleagues at the Institute offer the latest technologies in urologic care, including minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical options for all aspects of urologic disease, at Memorial Hermann-TMC.

Just 176 hospitals of more than 5,100 U.S. hospitals meet the rigorous criteria required to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Top 50 Hospital” in key medical/surgical specialties. The magazine scores the quality of inpatient care based on each hospital's teaching status, advanced technological capabilities, patient volumes, reputation with physicians, mortality statistics, nursing proficiency, and other measures relevant to each specialty.

“Earning this national recognition for our urology program and distinguished medical staff highlights the expertise Memorial Hermann provides and demonstrates why this hospital is at the forefront of medical breakthroughs every day,” said Juanita Romans, CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

“We are delighted to be recognized as a leading urology program after such a short time in our new location at Memorial Hermann-TMC,” said Dr. Slawin. “This recognition provides objective validation that our revolutionary approach of integrating technology and research into the daily care of our patients is raising the quality of care we are able to provide.”

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Vanguard Urologic Institute to sponsor Gynecologic Urology Conference

July 14, 2008

Together with the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, the Vanguard Urologic Institute is sponsoring the 13th Annual Update of Gynecologic Urology in Palm Beach, Aruba, February 5 – 7, 2009.

This intent of this course is to provide gynecologists, urologists, and affiliated healthcare providers with a functional understanding of the latest innovations in the evaluation and treatment of women with urogenital tract complaints.

Rodney Appell, MD, Director of the Texas Continence Center of Vanguard Urologic Institute, will serve as moderator for two days and will be the featured presenter for six sessions.

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Implanting AxoGen's Avance Nerve Graft Using a Robot for Cavernous Nerve Repair

May 16, 2008

Dr. Kevin Slawin and Dr. Tung Shu, founders of the Vanguard Urologic Institute, are the first in the U.S. to use AxoGen’s Avance nerve grafts to repair the cavernous nerves robotically.

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Dr. Rodney Appell joins Vanguard Urologic Institute and establishes the Texas Continence Center

May 1, 2008

Rodney A. Appell, MD, FACS, has joined the Vanguard Urologic Institute (VUI), after having served as Professor of Urology and Gynecology and Chief, Division of Voiding Dysfunction and Female Urology, at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston since 2002.

As Director of the new Texas Continence Center at VUI and Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center, Dr. Appell will focus his practice and research in the sub-specialty area of voiding dysfunction, both neurogenic and non-neurogenic in origin, and incontinence in both women and men. Because VUI houses a state-of-the-art urodynamics laboratory, a fully equipped cystoscopy and treatment suite, and is just an elevator ride away from the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center, he will be able to diagnose and treat patients with voiding dysfunction and incontinence within the confines of the Center.

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Vanguard Urologic Institute opens flagship facilities in the new Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Tower

Feb 1, 2008

The Vanguard Urologic Institute has relocated to its new, state-of-the-art outpatient facility on the 23rd floor of the new Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Building in the Texas Medical Center.

This new facility features a completely paperless office experience; kiosk check-in and check-out to streamline and speed the process of seeing physicians; minimally invasive and robotic technologies to treat urologic problems; and integration of the Internet, multimedia content, Web-based medical outcome prediction software (i.e., nomograms), and other Web-based tools for routine care of the Institute’s patients.

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