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Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
News Release
Friday, October 13, 2017

WEBSTER, TEXAS - “I suffered a stroke last year in February,” says Mrs. Fe Mari “Maite” Evangelista. “I was getting my children ready for school and myself ready for work. I felt my right arm go numb.” Because Maita had health care training as a chiropractor she quickly assumed she was having a stroke. Before she could get to the phone to call 9-1-1, her legs gave out. She called for her 10-year-old daughter, Mia, to come help. Mia began screaming and crying. Maite calmly told Mia she needed her to be strong; that she was probably having a stroke; and to call 9-1-1.

While in the ambulance, the first responders asked Maita where she wanted to go. She replied, “Where would you go if you were having a stroke?” The first responders knew Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC) just opened a newly renovated, dedicated stroke unit so they seemed like the best choice.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center recently was named as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission’s Certification of Distinction for Comprehensive Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies hospital services provided have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to the community that the quality care CLRMC provides is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Houston and surrounding area with this designation.

Maite is so glad she came to a comprehensive stroke designated facility, CLRMC.  Her condition was so severe she spent five days in ICU with a total of 43 days in the hospital.  Maite is now back to a full recovery and able to walk again – something that was uncertain at one time.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is having a ribbon cutting ceremony, Monday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at 500 Medical Center Boulevard in Webster, Texas, to celebrate receiving the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the high standards being met by the center’s comprehensive neuroscience program which offers treatment to the full range of conditions affecting the brain and spine, including stroke and aneurysm, back and neck ailments and pain issues; epilepsy and seizure disorders; dizziness; movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; headaches and migraines; multiple sclerosis; head injuries; and tumors.

“Receiving the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and being recognized by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is such an honor,” says chief executive officer Todd Caliva. “It proves that our hospital not only includes the best neurologists and neurosurgeons in Houston, but also critical care intensivists, nurse practitioners and rehabilitation therapists. With the addition of an endovascular neurosurgeon, we deliver innovative, minimally-invasive brain, back and spine care.”

The public is welcome to attend the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Remarks will be made by CEO Todd Caliva, Chamber

Representatives and former CLRMC patient Miate Evangelista. Other notables including Catherine Bissell with the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) will be available for interviews.

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, recently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the Houston metro area by U.S. News & World Report, is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II Trauma Capabilities, Neuroscience Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Bariatrics Program, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at  for the latest news and updates, visit our website at  or stay connected with us on Facebook  and Twitter.

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HCA health care Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 18 hospitals, nine ambulatory surgical centers, 10 freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius. For more information, visit

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