Take Me Out to the Ball Game


Rehal Bhojani, MD with Jarett Johnson, Grant Haralson, Anna Haralson, Kendall Diepraam and Kennedy Diepraam at Memorial Hermann Children’s Play Land at Constellation Field.

Rehal Bhojani, MD with Jarett Johnson, Grant Haralson, Anna Haralson, Kendall Diepraam and Kennedy Diepraam at Memorial Hermann Children’s Play Land at Constellation Field.

By Nancy Mills | Photos by Nesossi Studios –

Memorial Hermann continues to keep Fort Bend County athletes healthy

With the season opener just days away, area youngsters are sure to be shouting, “Take me to a Skeeters ball game.”

As the exclusive sponsor of the “Kids Get in Free” program, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital makes this easy to do. Children 12 and younger who wear a youth sports jersey can receive free admittance to the lawn seating area of Constellation Field. A ticket is required and available on game day on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office opens one hour before game time, unless otherwise noted.

During the Sugar Land Skeeters 2012 inaugural season, the “Kids Get in Free” program provided admission to 2,500 area children.

“The partnership between our organizations has bolstered community outreach, promoted healthy living and educated our fan base to the benefits of being active,” said Skeeters Team President Matt O’Brien. “We are excited to further our commitment to youth baseball initiatives in the future through programs generously provided by Memorial Hermann.”

Along with the “Kids Get in Free” program, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land sponsors the Children’s Playground area at Constellation Field and serves as the official healthcare provider for the Sugar Land Skeeters, providing all medical services to the players. This includes everything from primary and specialized healthcare to laboratory and surgical services. Memorial Hermann also provides players with a dedicated athletic trainer and nutritionist, as well as an onsite physician during home games.

“We do our best to keep the players healthy and happy,” said Rehal Bhojani, M.D., medical director of the Skeeters and part of the Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “There’s a high expectation among players that they’re always at 100 percent, so the focus of our medical team is to keep or get each Skeeters athlete to peak performance.”

Memorial Hermann serves as the official healthcare provider for the Sugar Land Skeeters.  In the team’s locker room at Constellation Field are Sugar Land Skeeter Gary Majewski, Skeeters Medical Director Rehal Bhojani, MD with Sugar Land Skeeters Michael Nix and Derek Blacksher.

Memorial Hermann serves as the official healthcare provider for the Sugar Land Skeeters. In the team’s locker room at Constellation Field are Sugar Land Skeeter Gary Majewski, Skeeters Medical Director Rehal Bhojani, MD with Sugar Land Skeeters Michael Nix and Derek Blacksher.

The Memorial Hermann medical team provides an extensive physical once a player signs with the Skeeters. Besides daily access to the athletic trainer, players have easy access to a member of the Memorial Hermann medical team for all medical needs. In addition to handling players’ typical sprains, strains and tears, the medical staff treats their colds, allergies and other minor conditions. During the Skeeters’ inaugural season, the medical staff even treated a couple of fractures, something that rarely happens in baseball.

Prior to each home game, Dr. Bhojani, who is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine, makes training room rounds of the roughly two dozen minor league players. Having worked closely with them, he has gotten to know the players well and feels privileged to work with them.

“They’re a great group of guys,” said Dr. Bhojani of the Skeeters players. “We want to maintain a good atmosphere and camaraderie in the clubhouse so the players feel comfortable coming to the medical team for help, but at the same time, we are very aware that our job is to always provide the highest level of professional services.”

Orthopedic Services from Shoulder to Toe

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land has a long-standing commitment to Fort Bend County’s sports and fitness enthusiasts. From serving as official healthcare provider for the Skeeters, high school athletic teams and area recreational leagues, to providing care to the weekend warrior, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land has a host of healthcare providers and services to help Fort Bend area residents maintain their active lifestyles.

Richmond Bone & Joint Clinic (RBJ), with more than 20 physicians and three locations in Fort Bend County, is part of the Memorial Hermann Medical Group. RBJ physicians have special training in general orthopedics; sports medicine; pediatric orthopedics; spine surgery; and the services of specialists in hand, wrist, shoulder, foot and ankle injuries, joint replacement, podiatry, rheumatology, pain management and rehabilitation.

Additionally, UT Physicians affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute see patients in the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Professional Building. These affiliated physicians and orthopedic surgeons specialize in sports medicine and the treatment of shoulder, hand, wrist, elbow, knee, foot, ankle, concussion and nonoperative sports injuries.

Physicians with RBJ and affiliated UT Physicians, as well as Fondren Orthopedic Group, provide orthopedic care to the Sugar Land Skeeters. Fondren Orthopedic Group has offices in Sugar Land and Richmond.

Rehabilitation services are available at three Fort Bend County locations, including the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Professional Building, Sugar Creek and Williams Trace. In addition to sport-specific rehabilitation, specialized services are available including aquatic, prenatal-postnatal, speech and hand therapy.

“These collaborations and healthcare services are part of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s emphasis on orthopedics and sports medicine outreach,” said hospital CEO Greg Haralson. “We know the Fort Bend community values sports and recreational activities, as both participants and spectators, so we’re committed to being an active participant in helping them enjoy these activities to the fullest.”

Weekend Sports Medicine Services

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land knows that weekends are prime time for athletic activities and possible injury. To support sports enthusiasts and athletes of all ages and abilities, the hospital offers a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic. Located at the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Professional Building, the clinic is open Saturdays, year-round from 9 to 11 am.

Staffed by sports medicine specialists affiliated with Memorial Hermann, the clinic offers complimentary assessments of all sports injuries. Full diagnosis and treatment is available and billed to insurance. Walk-ins are welcome, but to confirm scheduling and office suite number, call ahead to 281.725.5333.

Sugar Land Skeeters Derek Blacksher, Michael Nix and Gary Majewski with trainer Max Mahaffey.

Sugar Land Skeeters Derek Blacksher, Michael Nix and Gary Majewski with trainer Max Mahaffey.

Giving Back to the  Sports Community

Since 2007, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and its affiliated physicians have provided free, comprehensive sports physicals to student athletes in Fort Bend


Strike Out Autism Family Fun Day at Sugar Land’s Constellation Field Sunday, April 21st

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital invites the community to support Blessed Be Hope for Three, a non-profit organization supporting Fort Bend County families with autism, at the Strike Out Autism event on Sunday, April 21st.

The event, supported by the Sugar Land Skeeters, the Honorable Judge Bob Hebert and Fort Bend County mayors, will provide a fun day for 100 local families affected by autism, while helping increase awareness about the condition.

A National Autism Foundation study shows that autism now affects one in 88 children.  The incidence is higher in males, affecting one in 54 boys. In Fort Bend County public schools, more than 2,200 children have been diagnosed with autism and related disorders.

Autism is a treatable, lifelong condition that requires expensive therapy. Darla Farmer, executive director of Blessed Be Hope for Three, said specialized schooling can cost more than $60,000 annually per child.

Blessed Be Hope for Three will hold a silent auction during the game to help raise funds to provide family assistance and resources to Fort Bend County families with autistic children. Funds go directly to approved service providers or treatment centers.

To learn more, visit www.hopeforthree.org