A boutique hospital specializing in the comprehensive treatment of cancer patients and oncology related services, with a wide range of professional medical expertise, state-of-the-art technology and personalized service, is now open in North Houston.
The Apollo Hospital System, featuring the Emil J. Freireich Cancer Center, received state certification and officially opened in December. The facility is located at 9201 Pinecroft in Shenandoah.
“Apollo offers patients collaborative care – a full range of oncology and personal services in a relaxed, more convenient setting,” said hospital CEO Fawn Creighton. “Our goal is to make treatment more accessible and less stressful – without compromising quality of care.”
The 60,000-square-feet, two-story facility was previously the home of Sadler Clinic before it went bankrupt in the spring of 2010. Renovation of the structure was handled by Metzger Construction Company of Houston. The cost of the overall project is estimated at $20 million.
Patient services at the facility include chemotherapy, bio-immunotherapy, 24-hour infusion therapy and radiation therapy as well as imaging, laboratory and on-site pharmacy services.
The state-of-the-art cancer center is named for Dr. Emil J. Freireich, an award-winning professor with more than four decades of service at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and a world-renowned cancer researcher.
“We are honored that Doctor Freireich is allowing his name to be associated with our cancer treatment and hospital facility,” said Dr. Asit Choksi, board certified oncologist, medical director of Apollo and CEO of Greater Houston Physicians Medical Association. “He’s a highly respected member of the medical community who has done much for cancer and leukemia research.”
While relatively small in size, the new hospital has impressive technology and a substantial array of medical services.
The Apollo Hospital boasts the latest in technology with the availability of a Philips Ingenuity 128-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. The unit is capable of scanning the entire body in seconds, providing detailed 3D images of organs and structures inside the human body.
“This technology enables physicians to spot small tumors that would otherwise go undetected by CT-64 scanners and older technology,” said Choksi. “Apollo will be the only hospital in North Houston to have it available.”
EJFCC features an emergency room and outpatient cancer treatment center; a comprehensive breast center offering 3D mammograms with tomosynthesis; state-of-the-art diagnostic center; inpatient and outpatient surgical suites; two operating rooms; a radiation department; chemotherapy, bio immunotherapy; 24-hour infusion therapy, imaging and onsite pharmacy.
Hospital officials say the facility is large enough to allow for in-depth inpatient clinical services and a broad scope of day-to-day outpatient services – yet small enough to have a personal touch and relationship with Apollo physicians and support staff.
The goal of Apollo is to make cancer treatment available to residents of north Houston and Montgomery County, Creighton said. “If a patient doesn’t have adequate insurance or is unable to pay, we will pursue options to allow the patient to get the treatment they need.”
“Apollo consolidates quality medical treatment services in a more convenient ‘one-stop’ location in The Woodlands,” said Creighton. “We want to reduce the stress caused by driving all over Houston for doctor visits, treatments and filling of prescriptions.”
In addition to medical treatments, Apollo Hospital offers a range of spa and salon services to provide patients with services to offset and enhance the challenges of medical treatment.