Business in Fort Bend Dec 2015
MEMORIAL HERMANN HEALTH SYSTEM PRESIDENT & CEO ANNOUNCES INTENT TO RETIRE
As part of a long-term succession plan implemented more than a year ago, Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann Health System announced his intention to retire in the second half of 2016. The Memorial Hermann Health System board and executive leadership have engaged Spencer Stuart, a leading executive search firm, to conduct a national search for Wolterman’s successor. The board will consider both internal and external candidates.
“It has been a great honor to lead one of most respected health care systems in the nation,” said Wolterman. “It has been particularly gratifying and a privilege to work with a group of incredible employees and physicians that are among the best in the country. But it has always been my desire to retire at 60 to travel with my wife, Lori, spend more time with our family and enjoy the next chapter of our lives.”
“Unfortunately, we knew this day was coming for some time now,” said Will Williams, chair of the Memorial Hermann Health System board. “So in the interest of a smooth transition, the Board and executive leadership began the succession planning to accommodate Dan’s wishes to retire in July.
Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann in 1999 and was promoted to CEO in 2002. His tenure as CEO has seen Memorial Hermann achieve year-over-year double-digit growth, ascend to the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas and one of the largest in the country, while expanding to 13 hospitals with nearly 24,000 employees and 5,000 affiliated physicians, and become the country’s busiest Level 1 trauma center. Wolterman also oversaw the launch of the Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization, the country’s most successful Medicare shared-savings program in each of the last two years.
In 2006, Wolterman initiated Memorial Hermann’s quest to become a High Reliability Organization – where zero error is the standard – and transformed the system’s cultural approach to quality, patient safety and infection control. Now, Memorial Hermann is known across the country for its exceptional quality and safety protocols and outcomes.
Wolterman spearheaded the creation of the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation, which has been instrumental in building collaboration with other healthcare providers, government, business leaders and community stakeholders in identifying and delivering viable solutions to address the access to health care problem in the Greater Houston community.
“I am incredibly proud of where we have come as a System. Even as I transition over the next year, our mission to expand access to care within the Houston community will continue to be a top priority,” said Wolterman.
“With more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, Dan is a trusted and influential leader in this industry,” said Williams. “An asset to this organization, the City of Houston and healthcare across our nation, Dan truly inspires everyone with his tireless work to help create solutions for the uninsured and underserved in communities across our network.”
RICK MILLER NAMED CHAMPION FOR FREE ENTERPRISE
The Texas Association of Business (TAB) honored State Representative Rick Miller (Sugar Land) with its highest award, the Champion for Free Enterprise. This marks the second consecutive session that Representative Miller has been recognized by the Association of Business.
“I appreciate the Texas Association of Business’ recognition of me as a Champion for Free Enterprise. I remain focused on making Texas an even better place to do business so that all Texans have the best opportunities for themselves and their families,” said Miller. In Texas we must continue to focus on free market solutions, elevating the public and higher education systems, improving our civil justice system, and ensure that regulations are fair and predictable.”
“I want to thank Representative Rick Miller for his support of the Texas business community” said TAB CEO Bill Hammond. Rep. Miller knows that maintaining a healthy business climate means continued job growth and that helps keep Texas an economic leader.”
The TAB represents companies from small business to the largest multi-national corporation in nearly every community in Texas. It works to improve the Texas business climate and to help make our state’s economy the strongest in the world.
Representative Miller was first elected to office in 2012 to represent House District 26. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Public Health Committee.
MEMORIAL HERMANN MEDICAL GROUP WELCOMES INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST
Interventional Cardiologist Marcin J. Bujak, M.D., Ph.D., has joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) and will see patients at MHMG Cardiology Southwest and MHMG Sugar Land Multi-Specialty Clinic.
Bujak completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Yale School of Medicine / Yale New Haven Hospital. He is board certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties and provides comprehensive cardiovascular care for patients ages 18 years and older. Bujak’s areas of special interest include minimally invasive treatment of coronary, peripheral arterial and venous disorders.
Bujak is now seeing patients at 7737 Southwest Freeway, Suite 700, Houston, located at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and 17510 West Grand Parkway South, Suite 210, Sugar Land, located at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 713-272-1600.
CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER HOSTS WORKING LUNCH SERIES
The Central Fort Bend Chamber hosted its monthly Working Lunch Series at Briscoe Manor in Richmond on Oct. 15. Cliff Scherer, president of Discovery Consulting & Computer Services, Inc. shared ideas on how businesses can lower technology costs, improve business efficiency, enhance marketing efforts and gain peace of mind. His presentation focused on utilizing cloud-based services.
Scherer has 22 years of experience in the IT field with distinct knowledge of how small businesses work and what they specifically need from technology.
The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Working Lunch Series, held the third Thursday of each month, features topics that benefit business owners and decision makers in Central Fort Bend County.
For more information, call 281-342-5464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITY OF SUGAR LAND AWARD-WINNING SPECIAL EVENTS
The Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA) and International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) recognized Sugar Land with eight awards in the following categories: KidsFish won first place for Best Children’s Program; Eggstravaganza won first place for Best Single New Sponsorship Program; Sugar Land’s Memorial Day ceremony won first place for Best Event Program; Art in the Park won first place for Best Miscellaneous Printed Material; the Parks and Recreation Facebook and Twitter pages won second place for Best Social Media; Star Spangled Spectacular won second place for Best Promotional Poster; Christmas Tree Lighting won second place for Best Event Promotional Photograph; and Eggstravaganza won second place in the IFEA category for Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity.
Winners are selected from applications submitted by organizations that host festivals and events throughout the world.
“Our events offer a sense of community pride,” said Briana Bachemin, Sugar Land event production manager. “It’s very important when planning to make sure that the atmosphere and all elements offered are enjoyable for our attendees. We want everyone to come and have a good time!” For more information about Sugar Land special events, call 281-275-2885 or visit sugarlandtx.gov.
FORT BEND COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RECEIVES COLLABORATION AWARD
Fort Bend County’s Department of Transportation was honored in September by the Mamie George Community Center for its contribution to community collaboration. Paulette Shelton, director of Fort Bend County Public Transportation, was present to receive the award. Each year, the Mamie George Community Center honors organizations that have demonstrated their desire to make a positive impact by combining their resources to benefit the programs and services at the Mamie George Community Center.
Upon receiving the award, Shelton conveyed the importance of providing seniors with the ability to live independently and maintain their mobility. The Fort Bend County Public Transportation department worked with the Center in developing a transportation program specific to their needs, and when developing the newly implemented Richmond/Rosenberg bus routes, collaborated with the Center, the cities, Economic Development organizations and other community stakeholders to implement routes that would best serve constituents.
VANGELLOW ELECTED AS LPGA NATIONAL PRESIDENT
LPGA Master Professional Deb Vangellow has been elected as National President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (TC&P) Membership for 2016-2018. After serving as the organization’s National Vice President for the past six years, she teams up with fellow LPGA Master Professional, Vice-President Elect Karen Palacios-Jansen, to lead this global, industry-leading golf teacher education pillar of the LPGA.
“Karen and I are honored to be elected to these important leadership positions in the LPGA and excited to work alongside our executive committee to support the T&CP mission of golf education and the development of female professionals. Along with family and friends, thank you to our LPGA colleagues and James Brown, PGA professional, and the outstanding staff and membership at Riverbend Country Club in Houston. We so appreciate your continued support and friendship,” said Vangellow.
Vangellow is an educator/coach who offers wellness-based developmental programming integrated into her “student-centered” philosophy. Her numerous awards include the 2012 LPGA National Teacher Of The Year, an LPGA and Golf Digest Woman “Top 50” Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine “Top Regional Teacher,” and a US KIDS GOLF “Top 50 Master Kids Teacher.” She is a longtime lead instructor in the LPGA Global Education Program and was recently inducted into the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame and the UNI School Of HPELS Hall of Excellence.
Vangellow can be reached online at debvangellowgolf.com.
SUGAR LAND ASKS CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC ART PLAN SURVEY
Sugar Land wants community members of any age to participate in the City’s first-ever Public Art Plan survey.
The plan is envisioned as a comprehensive, multi-year initiative that will further define the City’s vision for public art and outline efforts to achieve the City’s vision during the next 10 years. The effort is identified in the City’s 2014 Cultural Arts Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide.
Don’t know what public art is or could be? Public art can include sculptures in a park, exciting murals, creative pathways, entrances to hike-and-bike trails or even enhancements to aging infrastructure..
The City will build on previous community visioning efforts with a robust public engagement process that begins with the public art survey. The community is invited to participate at sugarlandtx.gov/PublicArt.
In addition to the survey, engagement efforts will include dialogue with City departments, community and cultural organizations, regional partners and individuals through one-on-one meetings, focus groups, stakeholder meetings and public forums. The surveys allow citizen participation for those with busy schedules; sharing contact information will ensure updates are provided for future forums, events and news.
THE DESIGN FIRM WINS ASID RUBY AWARDS
The American Society of Interior Designers -Texas Gulf Coast Chapter announced its 2015 Ruby Award recipients at the 40th Annual Awards ASID Gala held on Sept. 19 at the House of Blues. The Design Firm won three awards including Best Home over 3,500 square feet, Best Media/Theatre Room, and Honorable Mention for Best Home under 3,500 square feet.
ASID TGCC President Letecia Ellis said, “Each honoree made a significant contribution toward the improvement of interior design; their remarkable work continues to advance our profession and impact the greater Houston Gulf Coast area.” The gala was dedicated to recognizing the best in the industry.
This year, over 250 entries were judged by a national panel of ASID members.
JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT BREAKS GROUND ON JORDAN RANCH
The Johnson Development Corp. has broken ground on its latest Houston-area community, Jordan Ranch.
The 1,350-acre Fort Bend community is located one mile south of Interstate 10 near the Grand Parkway, giving residents easy access to the Energy Corridor, shopping and dining in Katy, and other employment and entertainment centers. Approximately 2,800 homes are planned for Jordan Ranch, and nearly 500 homesites will be available in the development’s first phase.
Home prices are expected to begin in the $290,000s with sales estimated to start in the first quarter of 2016. Builders will be announced in the coming weeks.
Lakes, waterways and greenbelts will give Jordan Ranch a tranquil ambiance. The master plan also calls for retail, an on-site elementary school, parks and other amenities, including a centrally-located recreation center. Students will attend schools in the Lamar CISD.
The Johnson Development Corp. is celebrating 40 years of residential development and has many of the area’s best-selling communities. Houston projects include Riverstone (the top-selling community in Texas), Cross Creek Ranch, Edgewater, Fall Creek, Grand Central Park, Harmony, Harvest Green, Imperial, Riverstone, Sienna Plantation, Tuscan Lakes, Willow Creek Farms and Woodforest. The firm also is developing Viridian in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For more information, visit jordanranchtexas.com.
SLFD LAUNCHES FIRE-BASED AMBULANCE TRANSPORT
The Sugar Land Fire Department’s new ambulance transport service is averaging response times of just over six minutes, according to a recent report presented by Fire Chief Juan Adame.
Ambulance service was launched on Jan. 1 after years of rapid growth in Sugar Land necessitated a change in EMS delivery. City leaders, including Sugar Land’s medical director, identified a need to improve response times for advanced life support calls; create a patient care reporting system than can be used by paramedics in the field to ensure local hospitals have access to information prior to the arrival of patients; build on a network of assets that provide flexibility, speed and efficiency in fire and medical response; and build an emergency medical dispatch capacity that will send appropriate personnel and equipment to medical calls.
Five state-of-the-art ambulances, increased paramedic certifications and expanded dispatch operations have contributed to improved response times that are well below the target of 8 minutes for the most serious emergency calls.
“This new service literally means the difference between life and death, as seconds often make a significant difference in public safety response,” said Adame. “You just can’t place a value on the impact of our ambulance service to ensure we remain one of the country’s safest cities.”
Data from the report showed that more than 94 percent of patients transported by SLFD are sent to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.
Since 2013, SLFD hired an EMS battalion chief and 13 paramedic/firefighters, trained 10 existing firefighters as paramedics, implemented a paramedic boot camp, expanded dispatch operations, purchased equipment, established patient care protocols, implemented collection systems, created a driver safety program and established patient-care protocols with area hospitals.
DARLING HOMES OPENS NEW PATIO HOME MODEL IN SIENNA’S VILLAGE OF SAWMILL LAKE
Darling Homes has opened its new model home in Sienna Plantation’s latest enclave, the Village of Sawmill Lake, at 2218 Twin Rose Drive. The model home is one of eight patio home designs Darling Homes is constructing in the Rosewood neighborhood.
Darling Homes and Trendmaker Homes are the sole builders in Rosewood, the fourth patio home community to be developed in the 10,000-acre, master-planned community. Upon completion, the neighborhood will consist of 38 homes.
Darling Homes’ three-bedroom designs feature studies, media rooms, island kitchens, open-concept living spaces and covered patios. Buyers can customize their homes with wine alcoves, three-car garages and outdoor kitchens. Homes range from approximately 2,200 to more than 3,000 square feet. Prices begin in the mid-$300,000s. For more information, visit siennaplantation.com.
FBISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES DESIGNS FOR NEW SCHOOLS, UPDATES TO MASTER PLAN
The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees has approved schematic designs for two of the district’s newest elementary schools. Approval of the preliminary designs means the selected architectural firms will continue to their final design process.
Trustees approved schematic designs submitted by architectural firm PBK for Elementary School 49 in Harvest Green and Elementary School 50 in Grand Vista, submitted by Huckabee. IBI Group, selected to design Elementary School 48 in Sienna Plantation, presented schematic designs for approval at the board meeting on Sept. 28. All three of the schools are currently scheduled to open for the 2017-2018 school year and will be funded through the 2014 Bond Program. The district expects to recommend contractors for board approval in May of 2016.
Designs for the three schools were all created under recently revised FBISD Elementary Education Specifications, which were also formally adopted during the Sept. 21 meeting. These specifications will guide designs for all future elementary schools and additions, and call for schools to be built to accommodate 850 students with classrooms organized into grade level groups and clusters. Core spaces will be sized to accommodate 1,000 students so that the school can be expanded to accommodate future growth.
Newly revised Elementary Educational Specifications include 21st Century Learning Concepts to encourage creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. One example is a design that will promote inspiration, play, and discovery. To incorporate this concept into future schools, libraries in the new FBISD elementary schools will be designed as a school hub and as a place to create content, rather than only a place to consume content. In addition, FBISD will incorporate “maker spaces” at all grade levels to accommodate collaborative and creative activities.
During the Sept. 21 meeting, the FBISD Board of Trustees also approved 2015 updates to the District’s Facilities Master Plan. The plan, originally adopted in April 2014, set the framework for future planning based on student enrollment projection data, campus capacity and facility condition. The updated plan reflects changes to the district’s feeder pattern structure and attendance boundary changes approved in January 2015, as well as the most recent enrollment projections.
FBJSL, DAVID CROCKETT MS AND SUGAR LAND MS RAISE FUNDS FOR THE CURE
The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) recently accepted checks from the David Crockett Middle School (DCMS) and Sugar Land Middle School (SLMS) girls volleyball teams totaling $1,521, representing the results of their “VolleyPink Project” fundraising campaigns. These projects are the schools’ show of support for breast cancer awareness month. FBJSL is proud to partner with DCMS, SLMS and other area organizations to raise funds for the FBJSL Breast Cancer Fund, established in 2009 to further the community’s fight against breast cancer. Through the fund, FBJSL works with the American Cancer Society in an effort to provide financial support for programs and services designed to provide access to breast cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and an improved quality of life for Fort Bend County breast cancer patients.
The “VolleyPink Project” is an annual fundraising event for the players, coaches, staff and families of DCMS and SLMS. The teams and coaches collect donations and change for several weeks leading up to October, breast cancer awareness month.
Any school, business or organization interested in partnering with FBJSL to raise funds to further breast cancer treatment, prevention and awareness is encouraged to contact the league at email@example.com or 281-636-6272. For more information, visit fbjsl.com.
OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES KOMEN GRANT
Susan G. Komen Houston recently presented OakBend Medical Center with a community grant of $30,000 for funding that will provide mammogram screenings and diagnostic imaging for underserved patients in Fort Bend County.
“OakBend Medical Center is an extraordinary grant recipient organization that works endlessly to assist local women and men who are in great need of breast health services,” said Adriana M. Higgins, Ed. D., executive director of Susan G. Komen Houston. “Thanks to the devoted fundraisers in the Bayou City who support our fight to end breast cancer forever, we are able to fund breast health services and programs like this in the seven counties we serve.”
According to OakBend’s Radiology Manager, Mary Chambless, “Komen-Houston has once again awarded OakBend Medical Center with a grant that will be used to provide screening mammograms and diagnostic imaging for underserved patients in the Fort Bend County community. We partner with Access Health, who screen the patients and then schedule the patients to have their imaging done here at OakBend. We have been very fortunate to have been the recipient of yearly grants from Komen-Houston.”
LAMAR CISD’S MAIL CENTER SUPERVISOR HONORED
The U.S. Postal Service’s Postal Customer Council has named Lamar CISD’s Mail Center Supervisor Margaret Leger as the 2015 Mail Center Manager of the Year for the Houston area. The award was presented at the National Postal Customer Council Day event held Sept. 22.
Jean Lovejoy, who was the Postmaster for the Houston area until recently, wrote that Leger’s leadership has been outstanding.
“You walk and live by the mission statement you created for the Lamar CISD Mail Center with its commitment to providing a variety of postal services. The center provides excellent service and consultation to support Lamar CISD communications throughout its campuses and across the community. Houston PCC is privileged to have you on their team,” Lovejoy wrote.
ASHVIN K. DEWAN JOINS HOUSTON METHODIST ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE
The physicians and staff at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine have announced that Ashvin K. Dewan, M.D., has joined the practice and is now available to see patients.
Dewan – the 2001 valedictorian at Hightower High School Medical Science Academy in Missouri City – is returning to his hometown in the Fort Bend area as an orthopedic surgeon with a focus on sports-related injuries and chronic conditions. In 2005, Dewan graduated from Rice University with a B.S. degree in bioengineering. Following his 2009 graduation from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, he completed his internship and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
During his time at Johns Hopkins, Dewan served as chief resident of orthopedic surgery and assistant team physician of major league baseball’s Baltimore Orioles. In 2014, he earned the school’s Most Outstanding Resident Research Award for his work in orthopedic surgery. Dewan most recently completed a sports medicine fellowship, including training in the latest arthroscopic surgical techniques, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as assistant team physician for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, as well as the university’s athletic teams.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Dewan has chosen to come home to Fort Bend and begin his practice at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine,” said Timothy Sitter, M.D., knee and shoulder surgeon with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “He already has a tremendous amount of hands-on sports medicine experience in both professional and college athletics and his academic and medical backgrounds are outstanding.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dewan or another Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician, visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics or call 281-690-4678.
REMODELERS COUNCIL AT GREATER HOUSTON BUILDERS ASSOCIATION WINS NATIONAL AWARDS
The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Remodelers Council was honored with a national award, the Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADREs), in two categories from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers.
The awards – known in the housing industry as the CADREs – were announced during NAHB Remodelers annual awards presentation at the 2015 Remodeling Show in Chicago on Oct. 1. NAHB Remodelers and Professional Remodeler magazine presented the national awards for outstanding service and performance by a remodelers council.
Lisa Pepitone, director of membership at GHBA, was honored as the Outstanding Council Coordinator for advising and guiding the remodelers council leadership. Pepitone is key to the health of the group’s finances and membership, organizing programs that make the remodelers council one of the largest in the nation.
In the public relations category of the CADREs, the Remodelers Council of the GHBA took home the honors for their work to combat remodeling scams and educate home owners following the floods that devastated Houston in 2015. Accepting the award for the Houston Remodelers Council was its public relations chairman, Amy Ahlbrand Robinson with the Fort Bend Publishing Group.
The CADRE is the NAHB Remodelers’ highest national award for work at the local level. The awards, judged by members of NAHB Remodelers’ leadership, are presented each year to local remodelers councils and individuals whose work at a local remodelers council exemplifies the best practices of the remodeling industry.
MULTI-FAMILY UNITS REMOVED FROM ZONING APPLICATION
The City of Sugar Land announced on Oct. 27 that Newland Communities removed the controversial 900 multi-family housing units from its planned development application for Tract 5, located at U.S. 59 and University Boulevard. This followed the City’s Oct. 16 announcement that it was “suspending further processing of the application as it does not meet the requirements of the Development Code.” A letter from Ted Nelson, Newland’s central region president, said in part, “We have clearly heard the concerns expressed by the citizens of Sugar Land and wish to abide by these concerns.”