(Health-NewsWire.Net, February 23, 2015 ) CYPRESS -- Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently recognized its medical staff at the Annual Physician Awards in a ceremony to honor doctors who have made a difference in the lives of patients and an impact on their peers and colleagues.
The "Cy-Fair Stars" themed ceremony honored physicians in twenty three categories, including an award for physician of the year. This year, Dr. Stella Kalu took home the coveted trophy in this category.
Dr. Kalu's passion for medicine and helping others began at an early age. In grade school, she remembers spending her time at summer day camps in Nigeria helping care for children in orphanages under the leadership of a pediatrician.
"Although I was only 10 years old, this had a profound impact on me," Dr. Kalu says. I remember interacting with the children – many that were in bad shape – holding them and feeding them. It inspired me to become a pediatrician because I knew I could someday make a difference in the lives of children."
Dr. Kalu earned her medical degree in 2000. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, where she was later named chief resident of pediatrics. After completing a three year fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at UTMB in Galveston, she joined the Cy-Fair staff as a pediatric hospitalist.
In her role as a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Kalu takes care of hospitalized children, filling the gap for pediatricians who are taking care of patients in the clinic during the day. She acts as a liaison between the pediatrician and the patient, working closely with the pediatricians to provide quality care to hospitalized patients when their pediatrician cannot physically be with their patients who are in the hospital. Pediatric hospitalists care for patients around the clock 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, being on call to answer questions from family members and provide immediate care for children who need it most. Pediatric hospitalists provide care to children for any condition that requires hospitalization – from asthma and bronchitis to stomach bugs, appendicitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and everything in between. Hospitalists admit the children to the hospital on behalf of the child's pediatrician, care for them during their hospital stay and discharge them when it's time to go home.
"Parents typically love that we offer this service," says Dr. Kalu."We take the place of the pediatrician while the child is hospitalized, and we have more time to spend with the family. We're readily available and able to give parents our undivided attention, which is crucial when a child is in the hospital."
Dr. Kalu has been a member of Cy-Fair Hospital's medical staff since 2010. During this time, she has displayed a proven track record for providing quality and compassionate care.
"Dr. Kalu's expertise is highly valued by medical staff and patients alike," says Terry Wheeler, CEO, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. "She has earned this recognition and we're proud to have her on our staff."
When Dr. Kalu isn't taking care of children in the hospital, she is taking care of her own 9-month old son. In her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling with her husband of seven years toquiet beach destinations.
About Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is a 181-bed acute care facility that has been serving the northwest Houston community since 1983. The hospital provides a wide range of medical services, including an emergency department with ExpressCare services, women's services and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive cardiovascular and stroke program, a blood management program, a senior services program, surgical services including surgical weight loss, and advanced diagnostic imaging. The hospital is part of the Cy-Fair Regional Health Network, a locally focused health network designed to improve access to primary care services in the Cy-Fair area, that includes urgent care facilities at 9110 Barker Cypress; 14044 Spring Cypress and 9138 West Road, both that include a Cypress Fairbanks Occupational Medicine Clinic, which offers comprehensive workers' compensation and occupational medicine services at three convenient offsite locations; Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Centers at 7014 Barker Cypress; 27126 Highway 290; 8470 Highway 6 N. and Cy-Fair Professional Buildings I and II on the hospital campus. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is recognized by numerous organizations for quality care and has been named a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, Cycle III Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. For more information about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit CyFairHospital.com.
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