Memorial Health System of East Texas

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Women’s and Children’s Centers

For generations East Texas women have remained the heart of our community. At CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial, we're dedicated to keeping women strong for generations to come. From the Henderson Women's and Children's Center in Lufkin and the Ogletree Women's Center in Livingston to our state-of-the-art imaging suites, we lead the way with the newest technology and highly skilled physicians who know that there’s nothing more precious than our mothers and daughters.

Nursing Team

Our women’s services team has vast and varied experience in obstetrical and women’s care.  Additionally, all of our nurses are certified in advanced fetal monitoring from the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, and neonatal resuscitation.


Our Labor and Delivery Suites have the most advanced technology and provide the utmost comfort. Enjoy Room Service with personalized meals. New parents also receive a complimentary baby keepsake album.


  • 4D Ultrasound - 4D Ultrasound produces 4D images of the baby inside the mother’s womb, and it also provides multi-dimensional pictures of internal organs.
  • Digital Mammography - enables physicians to see suspicious breast lesions in great detail and store data on computerized files instead of traditional films, which result in image magnification, fewer call backs and fewer film deliveries. Patients benefit from reduced radiation dose exposure. And, the new paddle design reduces discomfort. 
  • Breast MRI - Aiding in the fight against breast cancer, CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial introduces technology that battles the disease with confidence. The Sentinelle Vanguard® breast MRI coil is an advanced Breast MRI system that helps physicians confidently detect, diagnose and accurately perform biopsies for breast cancer patients.
  • Bone Density - A bone mineral density test is a non-invasive and painless method to determine your bone health.  Doctors use a bone density test to identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures and monitor response to osteoporosis treatment. Post-menopausal women over the age of 65 are recommended to have a bone density test.
  • Pediatric Echocardiograms - With the only technology and certified staff between Houston and Tyler, our sonographers can detect cardiac abnormalities, including murmurs, in children from birth to adolescents. The scan is reviewed by Pediatric Heart Specialists in Dallas and results are returned to the primary care provider in less than 24 hours.
  • Robotic Hysterectomy- It is being called a breakthrough approach to hysterectomies.  Advanced technology that is being used at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Lufkin is setting a new standard in this type of gynecological procedure.  Utilizing the da Vinci High Definition Robot, surgeons now are performing hysterectomies with fewer complications and a quicker recovery time for the patient. 

The da Vinci Robotic System is an alternative to this traditional surgical approach, which gives surgeons increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery.   With this surgical system, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring and improved cosmesis.  Get more information about robotic hysterectomies and to learn what local surgeons are utilizing the new technology.


  • Babies - Hugs provides an electronic ankle bracelet for pediatric patients up to age 12. The bracelet works through sensors at all exits; assuring that the baby cannot leave the area undetected. The center also features secured doors, security cameras and instant staff alerts.

Community Classes

Our experienced nurses provide free Child Birth Classes and Parent CPR Classes.

Information for New Moms and Dads

Information for New Moms and Dads

The Newborn Channel is available in both Lufkin and Livingston.  The Newborn Channel, available on the patient's in-room television, delivers up-to-date information to help prepare new moms regarding topics such as immunizations, CPR and first aid, breastfeeding, post partum depression, car seat safety, and Sudden Infant Death Sydrome. New parents and their families can enjoy easy access to highly trusted, professionally endorsed content. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patient can also access the Newborn Channel online by clicking the link below. It is password protected.  The password, which is changed every six months, is given to new parents during their hospital stay.

Women's Center Information Videos 

An information resource designed to help you understand the nature of selected women's complications and the surgical procedure most commonly used to treat them. 

Healthy Tips for Expectant Mothers

Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings

Women’s Special Services at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial provides low-income women with Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings through Texas Breast & Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS), a federal program administered through the Texas Department of State Health Services. CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial has provided this service to low-income women in the community for approximately 18 years. Eight surrounding counties benefit from BCCS, and the CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial staff travels to Livingston and San Augustine to screen women once a month.  

The program provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to women 50 and older who do not have Medicaid, Medicare or insurance and who meet the financial requirements. Free pelvic exams and pap smears are also provided to women 21 to 64 years old and meet financial requirements. If an abnormal result occurs, BCCS pays for required diagnostic testing, including breast and cervical biopsies. If the biopsy confirms a cancer diagnosis, the woman is placed on Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer. (The woman must have a qualifying diagnosis and meet the financial eligibility requirements.) This beneficial program enables women with low incomes in the community to have access to screening and treatment. Get more information, or call 936-639-7066 to be screened for eligibility and to schedule an appointment. 

Medical Director of Women’s Services Joins Memorial Clinics

Medical Director of Women’s Services Joins Memorial Clinics

Memorial Clinics, a division of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial, welcomes board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and the Lufkin hospital’s Medical Director of Women’s Services... Continue reading
CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Clinics Welcomes Fourth OB/GYN

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Clinics Welcomes Fourth OB/GYN

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Clinics welcomes Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Lufkin native Dixie McClendon-Coker, M.D. to its growing team of specialists and primary care providers. ... Continue reading
Memorial Clinics Welcomes Family Medicine Physician

Memorial Clinics Welcomes Family Medicine Physician

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial welcomes Board Certified Family Medicine physician Natalia Luraguiz, M.D. to the medical staff in Angelina County and the Memorial Clinics team. Dr. Luraguiz... Continue reading



Michael L. Arnold, M.D., FACOG

401 Gaslight Blvd. 
Lufkin, TX 75904



Adeola Atilade, M.D.

403 Ogletree Drive, Suite 205
Livingston, TX 77351



Kaywin Carter, M.D.

503 S. John Redditt
Lufkin, TX 75901



Andrew J. Fercowicz, M.D.

202 S. John Redditt Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904



Mary Garnepudi, M.D.

403 Ogletree Drive, Suite 205
Livingston, TX 77351



Sheila Hill, M.D.

121 Gaslight Medical Pkwy, Suite 102

Lufkin, TX 75904



Jerry Johnson, M.D.

503 South John Redditt Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904



Verner Nellsch, M.D.

1717 Hwy 59 Suite C
Livingston, TX 77351



Cheryl Suiter, M.D.

402 Gaslight Blvd
Lufkin, TX 75904