Business in Fort Bend May 2015
FBISD ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR DRABEK ES,
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR MCAULIFFE MS
Fort Bend ISD recently named new administrators at both the elementary and middle school level. Wendy Nunez has been selected as the new principal of Rita Drabek Elementary School, where she currently is the assistant principal. She previously served as assistant principal at Barrington Place Elementary in Fort Bend ISD. She began her career as an elementary teacher and has also worked as a Head Start program coordinator. Nunez has more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in education. Nunez received her master’s degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Orleans.
Kamilah Holmes has been named assistant principal at Christa McAuliffe Middle School. Holmes is currently a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Jan Schiff Elementary. Prior to this role, she taught second and third grade and at the high school level. Holmes has approximately 14 years of teaching experience. She received her master of education degree from the University of Houston and her bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Spelman College.
HOOD, PATTON NAMED LAMAR CISD PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR
Frost Elementary School’s Shannon Hood is Lamar Consolidated ISD’s 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year and Wessendorff Middle School’s Margaret Patton is the 2015 Secondary Principal of the Year. Both were honored by their peers at a recent meeting of the district’s administrators.
Hood became principal at Frost in 2000, having served as assistant principal at Williams Elementary from 1998 to 2000. She was also a gifted and talented coordinator at Williams and had two teaching stints with the district. Hood also taught in Montana and North Carolina.
Dr. Margaret Patton has led Wessendorff Middle School since 2012. Previously, she was principal at Missouri City Middle School and at Barbara Jordan Elementary School, both in Fort Bend ISD.
FBISD NAMES DR. DAWN CARLSON DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Fort Bend ISD named Dawn Carlson as the new director of the department of student affairs. The department was established in the 2013-2014 school year to ensure that student-related policies are applied consistently across the district. After only one year, the district is seeing positive results due to its important work.
Carlson has more than 23 years of experience as an educator. She began her career as a special education teacher and a general education teacher in Lubbock ISD. She also taught in Round Rock ISD before starting her career as an administrator in Austin ISD. Carlson joined Fort Bend ISD in 2005 as an assistant principal at Oyster Creek Elementary School and became the principal of Barrington Place Elementary School in January 2006. She was named Principal of the Year in 2010. In July 2011, she became the Director of Special Education.
Carlson received doctorate and master’s degrees in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She also received a master’s of education degree in special education from Texas Tech University and her bachelor of science degree in education from Peru State College in Nebraska.
OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER HIRES DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
OakBend Medical Center has hired Alicen L. Swift to be the hospital’s development director. Swift has a strong background in fundraising and comes to OakBend from Yellowstone Academy where she served as the director of development and communications. She has previously held positions with JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter and Baylor College of Medicine.
“I love working for a community hospital,” says Swift. “There is no better feeling than knowing that the funds you help raise will stay in the community and be used to help to improve the hospital and its services.”
One of the first fundraising events Swift will be involved in will be the signature Patchwork of Life fundraiser that takes place in October.
HGI COUNSELING CENTER OPENS FORT BEND OFFICES
HGI Counseling Center has opened offices in Fort Bend. “Our offices are located in the United Way Service Center, in Stafford, and we are seeing clients. Norma Tejada is our resident therapist, and other therapists are available,” said Susan B. Levin, Ph.D., executive director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
HGI’s other office will be at Attack Poverty/Friends of North Richmond’s facility, in Richmond. This office will open soon, helping those Attack Poverty serves as well as the general public.
“When we say mental health, people often assume the worst,” said Levin. “Yet mental health is simply being healthy mentally and emotionally. Having someone to talk to honestly, openingly, in a safe and confidential environment can greatly enhance outcomes and create a sense of well-being.
“HGI’s counseling differs from standard therapy in many ways. In standard therapy, the therapist is the superior. HGI’s style is collaborative, which means we partner with clients to reach their goals,” Levin said.
HGI works with clients on a sliding scale and raises funds to cover the costs for those who are unable to pay. For more information, visit talkhgi.org or call 713-526-8390.
NEUROSCIENCE & SPINE CENTER PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM SUPPORT OF CARE NAVIGATOR
The Neuroscience & Spine Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for the widest possible range of neurological issues, including Alzheimer’s and memory disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), back and neck pain, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy and seizures, migraines and headaches, multiple sclerosis (MS), muscle and nerve injuries, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, and stroke.
Maureen Lall, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, who serves as the patient care navigator for the Neuroscience & Spine Center, is part guide, part counselor and part guardian angel. In her role, she helps current and past patients schedule appointments with the appropriate specialist based on their symptoms. She also works behind the scenes to facilitate communication and coordination between the various Neuroscience & Spine Center specialists, who work as a team to deliver the best possible care for patients. And when needed, she is just there to listen.
“We are fortunate to have a number of knowledgeable, highly trained specialists in the Neuroscience & Spine Center, which enables us to utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care,” says Lall. “My role is to help the patient easily navigate that process. At the same time, I help the physicians share information and ideas that can lead to better outcomes for our patients.”
Because every patient has unique needs, the role of a patient care navigator varies from day to day. Lall provides assistance and support wherever she can, working directly with patients and their family members to ensure that questions are answered and treatments are on track. And she works hard to ensure that every patient who needs to see a specialist can get an appointment within five business days.
“Today, patients who have suffered a stroke or who have diseases such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis can live for many years with their disorders,” says Toby Yaltho, M.D., a neurologist with the Neuroscience & Spine Center. “As a result, patients and caregivers often struggle with the impact these conditions have on daily living. So we focus a great deal on improving our patients’ quality of life, and we collaborate across our specialties and subspecialties to develop treatment plans that can have the greatest positive impact. Maureen plays a major role in helping us maximize those efforts with our patients. She is an important part of our neurosciences service here at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.”
“Having access to needed services within the community is important to ensuring that patients maintain independence and are able to take advantage of all available resources,” says Lall. “Being able to stay in the community for care means a great deal to our patients. Many of our patients have trusted Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for years and they are pleased to learn that we offer the most sophisticated and advanced care possible close to home.”
To make an appointment with a physician at the Neuroscience & Spine Center, call Maureen at 281-274-7979 or email email@example.com. Learn more at houstonmethodist.org/sugarland.
MOODY GARDENS GOLF COURSE AMONG TOP IN STATE
With its stunning views, green fairways and gulf breeze, Moody Gardens Golf Course has become one of the most popular municipal golf courses in Texas. Since undergoing a $16 million renovation in 2008, the island course has earned numerous honors, including “Recommended by TripAdvisor” status. GolfNow also ranked Moody Gardens as the third-best course in the Greater Houston area earlier this year.
When Moody Gardens took over management of the Galveston Island Public Course, the elevations were raised, new irrigation and drainage systems were added and it was reseeded in paspalum, a salt-tolerant grass. It was the first course in the continental United States to be seeded with paspalum, and uses effluent water from the City of Galveston to water the grounds as a part of the conservation efforts that are a part of the Moody Gardens mission.
“Recommended by TripAdvisor” stickers are only given to attractions with greater than a three-star rating on the popular website. Since 2011, Moody Gardens Golf Course has an average rating of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, which averages more than 50 million unique visitors a month and features more than 60 million reviews. Among the reviews, Moody Gardens Golf Course was called “Beautiful,” “Top Notch,” and “The Best Muni in Texas.”
GolfNow’s ranking was based on ratings and reviews from thousands of its website’s visitors. The site’s users have given Moody Gardens an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.
The course is a Jacobsen Hardy design and is one of the largest municipal courses in the state. The par-72 course measures 6,816 feet from the back tees. There are five tee boxes for players of all levels.
For more information or to book a tee time, call 409-683-4653 or visit moodygardensgolf.com.
MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL EARNS TAPE RECOGNITION
The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is one of just three organizations in the state to be given this prestigious award recognizing strong dedication to quality and high performance.
This distinction takes the hospital one step closer to achieving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Framework is used by businesses, health care providers, schools, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations to improve and excel in their industries.
“Being the first Houston area hospital to earn this honor is an important milestone for Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. We are on a continuous journey to excellence utilizing the Baldrige framework, and this award validates that we are on the right path and encourages us to press on,” said Greg Haralson, CEO Memorial Hermann Sugar Land.
The Quality Texas Foundation, known as a national leader in its field, uses an extensive evaluation process that includes hundreds of hours spent through on-site visits to evaluate and score applicants in several criteria.
“We see our overarching strength as ‘family caring for family’ and this award speaks to the hard work and dedication of our team to live that each day,” said Haralson. “We’re beyond thrilled with this statewide honor but our journey doesn’t end here. We will move forward toward becoming a national Malcolm Baldrige Award winner.”
Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO Quality Texas Foundation says, “Winning this award is extremely difficult, we want it to mean something.” Dr. McGuire adds, “Memorial Hermann Sugar Land should be seen as a bright, shining light and a role model for other health care facilities in the state and nation.”
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land will receive the award during the Quality Texas Foundation annual conference June 22 at the Crown Plaza in Addison.
“I want to congratulate the team at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital on this incredible achievement,” said Dan Wolterman, President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System. “This is a big step forward as we continue our journey towards becoming the nation’s first high reliability health system.”
FORT BEND COUNTY AMONG TOP 10 COUNTIES FOR EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
Fort Bend County ranked ninth in the nation’s largest counties for percentage increase in employment from September 2013 to September 2014, according to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the independent statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency released results showing that Fort Bend achieved an increase in employment of 5.1 percent, well above the national average of 2.0 percent. The county also outperformed the Texas overall employment growth of 3.1 percent.
“Fort Bend County continues to demonstrate why it consistently garners accolades for employment, quality of life, education and being a place for businesses to thrive. The fact that our county ranks among the top 10 nationwide for employment growth clearly underscores the benefits Fort Bend offers to businesses, residents and potential future employers,” said Jeff Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council.
With recent business expansions and relocation announcements such as First Data, AOI and NALCO Champion, Fort Bend County is one of the fastest-growing counties in a thriving state, nearing the top in list after list. From energy and development to education and hospitality, business is booming here, attracting a sizeable share of Fortune 500 companies and major corporations. Fort Bend County was also recognized with the highest percentage increase in employment in the U.S. from September 2012 to September 2013 by BLS. To see the full results, visit BLS.gov.
LAMAR CISD COMMUNITY RELATIONS HONORED BY PR ASSOCIATION
Members of Lamar CISD’s Community Relations Department were honored by their peers recently, earning three Best of Category awards at the 2015 Texas School Public Relations Association Star Awards Banquet in San Antonio.
Competing against school districts from across Texas, the group also earned nine Gold Stars, six Silver Stars and one Bronze Star. The competition looked at public relations materials produced during the 2013-2014 school year.
The Best of Category awards were for: Best Program for the Adolphus Elementary Dedication; Best Printed Calendar/Planner for the 2014 Lamar CISD Classroom Calendar; and Best News or Information Video for The Randle Report.
“I’m so proud of our team because every single person plays a role in our success,” said Mike Rockwood, Lamar CISD’s Executive Director of Community Relations. “We’re the storytellers of Lamar CISD and these awards highlight the great things going on in our classrooms and our community.”
FORT BEND SOCIETY OF COMMERCIAL REALTORS
Recently Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale spoke to about 30 members of the Fort Bend Society of Commercial Realtors about the importance of the customer and doing everything possible to keep the customer happy. The group met at the Santikos Palladium, located next to the Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway store. After the meeting, Mack gave the group a sneak peek of the new 165,000-square-foot store, which is still under construction but scheduled to be completed this spring.
DR. CHANG AWARDED FELLOW MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETIC SURGERY
Cosmetic surgery is becoming a large part of today’s culture. Cosmetic surgeons are dedicated to the art of cosmetic surgery. Their strong knowledge base, high level of training, and clinical experience make them among the most qualified physicians to perform cosmetic procedures.
In creating “Timeless Beauties,” Dr. Peter Chang has chosen to raise the standards in modern plastic surgery by being awarded a fellow member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Membership into this elite, multidisciplinary community is highly selective. Education and patient safety are at the very core of the AACS mission to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and patient care. As the only Academy for providing continuing medical education to cosmetic surgeons, AACS believes adhering to these principles provides the public with reassurance of the formal training and advanced education of cosmetic surgeons.
Dr. Chang is both a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, making him unique and a rare find. He is also board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Chang welcomes the challenges of the rapidly growing, evolving, and demanding field of cosmetic surgery by being a dedicated member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
SUGAR LAND MARRIOTT NAMED TOPS IN TEXAS
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square has earned top honors from the Marriott brand, earning a ranking as the brand’s top full-service Marriott hotel in Texas, third in the United States and fifth among Marriott’s 358 hotels worldwide in overall guest satisfaction.
MD ANDERSON EDUCATES ON CANCER PREVENTION THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH PGA TOUR
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, through a newly announced relationship with the PGA TOUR, is expanding its efforts to reduce cancer risk among the golf community and the general public through educational efforts. As the Official Cancer Center of the PGA TOUR, MD Anderson will initially focus on sun safety and sharing cancer prevention messages through TV, online and print media, as well as on-site activations at several tournaments this year. Over the next three years, this relationship will reach millions of people, and public messaging will expand to include education on cancers caused by smoking and tobacco use.
Ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer care for the past 25 years in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey, MD Anderson has one mission: to end cancer through patient care, research, prevention and education. The Houston-based institution has treated 1 million patients since 1944. It pioneered the multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, bringing experts from many disciplines together to prepare treatment plans for its patients. Many of the treatment protocols developed at MD Anderson are considered the standard of care worldwide.
“MD Anderson recognizes the importance of public education in our mission to eliminate cancer,” said Tom Buchholz, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief at MD Anderson. “Through this new relationship with the PGA TOUR, our goal is to increase public awareness of sun safety habits so people can act to reduce their risk of skin cancer, among other diseases. Nearly 5 million people receive treatment for skin cancer in the U.S. every year. Since skin cancer is the most common malignancy – and is the most preventable – public knowledge is essential to ending this disease.”
Throughout the next three years at select PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events, MD Anderson will provide spectator enhancements, including free sunscreen stations and shaded areas throughout the courses where fans can take reprieve from the sun. Spectators will also receive interactive educational materials, SPF 30 lip balm and sunglasses. The signature element of this collaboration, MD Anderson’s Strike Through Cancer Wall, will be featured at select tournaments, empowering people to show support for cancer survivors or their loved ones by signing their names and messages of hope.
“We are extremely pleased and proud to announce this relationship with the premier cancer center in the world and to give MD Anderson a new platform to inform fans and viewers about cancer prevention and detection,”said Tom Wade, chief commercial officer of the PGA TOUR. “The PGA TOUR takes great pride in enriching the lives of others, and this relationship with MD Anderson provides us a wonderful opportunity to partner with its 20,000 cancer fighters on the important work they do every day.”
Recently, representatives from MD Anderson, the PGA TOUR, Shell Oil Company and the Shell Houston Open held a press conference announcing this collaboration.
“From one Houston enterprise to another, Shell Oil Company – and the Shell Houston Open – welcomes MD Anderson to the PGA TOUR community,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. “Our relationship with the institution extends back more than a decade, and this new collaboration is very powerful, potentially even lifesaving. Our goals are closely aligned – to better the community through education – and we look forward to working with them to make cancer history.”
MD Anderson will begin its on-site activation at Houston’s two area tour events, the Shell Houston Open and the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands (April 27-May 3).
FBISD EARNS 15 AWARDS IN THE TSPRA’S STAR AWARDS PROGRAM
Each year, the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) hosts the Star Awards Program to recognize school districts for outstanding work in communications. School districts compete in nine different categories: print, writing, photography, graphics, video/cable tv, computerized electronic communication, campaign/event, crystal commendation and platinum award.
FBISD’s Community Relations team members submitting entries included Nancy Porter, chief communications officer; Stacey Crews, director of communications; Becky Walker, brand manager; Natalie Rivera, public relations coordinator; and Keryn Miles, communication specialist.
They earned the following awards: Best of Category Medals – Inspire Equip Imagine Image/Identity Package, Website, E-News internal electronic newsletter, Partners Annual Report computerized presentation; Gold Awards – Roaring 20’s Gala invitation/ announcement, Learning for Life poster, Inspire Equip Imagine Image/Identity Package, Logo, Partners Annual Report computerized presentation, E-News internal electronic newsletter, ExPress external electronic newsletter and Website; Silver Award – FBISD – It’s all about the “I” promotional campaign, Convocation Bliss photo; and Bronze Award – Published News Release (edited).
CHAMBER RECOGNIZES FORT BEND ELITE AT ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON
For 104 years, the Central Fort Bend Chamber has been the voice of business and growth in Fort Bend County. In 2014, that voice remained strong in large part because of the volunteer efforts and commitments made by many of its members.
The Chamber proudly recognized 11 of those members at its recent annual awards luncheon at Cindy’s Palace in Richmond. Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber president & CEO and Melissa Garcia-Martin, Chamber board chairman were the event emcees. The event was presented by Allegiance Roofing, a Division of Joe Rangel Contracting, LLC.
Vince Finnegan was named the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s 2014 Business Person of the Year. Finnegan owns and operates Finnegan Auto Group in Rosenberg. He plays an active role in the community by supporting Lamar Consolidated Independent School District through financial contributions and supporting its workforce development courses for high school students. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Fort Bend Chamber in his second year as Board Treasurer.
Corporate Partner of the Year went to Silver Eagle Distributors. Raymond Saage Volunteer of the Year was Tom Wilson of Reading Road Office Park. Ambassador of the Year was Kay Garrett. Board member of the Year was Jeff Haley of SiEnvironmental. Committee Member of the Year was Jim Russ of EHRA. The Historic Downtown Rosenberg Division Member of the Year was Renee Butler of Another Time Soda Fountain. Young Professionals Division Member of the Year was Kat Robinson of Kathryn Robinson Realty – Keller Williams Southwest. Hispanic Business Division Member of the Year was Matt Ontiveros of Springhill Suites by Marriott in Rosenberg. Achievement in Economic Development went to the Rosenberg Development Corporation. A one-time Legacy Impact Award went to Kevin Kohl of Silver Eagle Distributors. The Chamber also thanked its outgoing Board Chairman, Barry Beard, for his dedication and service.
HOUSTON METHODIST AMONG “100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR”
For the 10th year in a row, Houston Methodist has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and is one of only four Houston companies ranked. Houston Methodist is ranked No. 57 and is the only Houston health care organization to receive the prestigious distinction. FORTUNE listed 11 companies in Texas on its 2015 list. Among the other U.S. companies listed, Houston Methodist ranked No. 2 for the hiring of minorities, No. 11 in percentage of women and No. 16 in job openings available in February of this year.
“Our employees and physicians make it possible for us to appear on this prestigious list 10 years in a row,” said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist. “Their complete and selfless dedication to our patients and to our values make Houston Methodist a great place to work.”
Houston Methodist was selected based primarily on a confidential survey sent to randomly selected employees, who were asked questions on the level of trust, pride and camaraderie within their workplace.
Houston Methodist also submitted documentation about its work environment, from benefits to corporate policies to employee demographics. Houston Methodist offers competitive benefits, diversity in the workforce, recognition for employees and a unique environment focused on integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.
Houston Methodist Hospital consistently is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best hospitals, ranked in 11 of 16 adult specialties for 2014, the most in the state. Houston Methodist Hospital also was ranked by the magazine as the No.1 hospital in Houston and in Texas.