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Dr. Laura Martinez and Dr. Neel Srikishen.

Dr. Laura Martinez and Dr. Neel Srikishen.

HOUSTON METHODIST UROLOGY ASSOCIATES WELCOMES TWO NEW PHYSICIANS TO SUGAR LAND

Laura Martinez, M.D., and Neel Srikishen, M.D., have joined Houston Methodist Urology Associates’ practice in Sugar Land. Both physicians are now accepting new patients.

Martinez comes to Sugar Land from Houston Methodist Hospital, where she recently completed a fellowship in continence, pelvic reconstructive surgery and neurourology. She completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from Rice University. She is a member of the American Urological Association; Society of Women in Urology; and Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction.

Srikishen is a general urologist with experience in robotic, laparoscopic, microscopic, transurethral and open urologic surgery, as well as office-based urology. He completed his urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine. While there, he conducted a number of clinical research projects in several areas of urology, including the use of robotic surgical simulators. He is an alumnus of Rice University and University of Texas-South­western Medical School.

Houston Methodist Urology Associates is located on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus, in Medical Office Building 2. Call 281-276-5280 to make an appointment. Visit houstonmethodist.org/spg to learn more about the practice.

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Lewis White

Lewis White

ATTORNEY LEWIS WHITE RUNNING FOR JUDGE OF NEW COUNTY COURT AT LAW #6

Katy attorney Lewis White is announcing his intent to run for the newly established Fort Bend County Court at Law #6 on the Republican ticket. He is a native Texan and long-time resident of Fort Bend County.

The county courts at law handle juvenile, criminal misdemeanor and civil cases, among others. White believes his 15 years of career experience is tailor-made for this bench.

White received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McMurray University and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He began his career serving the public as an Assistant County Attorney in Odessa, Texas. In 2004, he joined the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. He has also served as Chief of Juvenile and Misdemeanor for the Waller County District Attorney’s Office.

In 2007, White established his own law practice. He has managed and tried misdemeanors, juvenile, and felony cases of varying legal complexity. White also has experience with civil, condemnations, and guardianship cases. In 2015, he was the lead special prosecutor for the Sandra Bland case, one that received international attention.

White says, “My philosophy is that it is not my job as a judge to make the law, but to ‘call balls and strikes’ based on the law of the land. I look forward to the opportunity to leverage my 15 years of legal experience managing and trying a variety of cases to serve the people of Fort Bend County. One of my passions is juvenile law and juvenile cases will comprise a large portion of the docket in County Court #6. Juvenile law has nuances, and requires a judge with experience in these matters. The judge must understand when a juvenile deserves a second chance, and when they are a threat to society. I believe I have that discernment.”

Lewis was appointed by former Gov. Rick Perry to the State Dental Board of Examiners to help prevent fraud. He has a track record of being active in local Republican organizations. He is on the Alumni Board of McMurry University, and also serves the community as a member of the Fort Bend Exchange Club and a KEYs mentor for Katy Independent School District.

Lewis’ wife, Chakilla, is a Group Vice-President for DaVita Healthcare Partners and serves on the State Podiatric Board of Examiners. She is a member of the Republican Women’s Club of Katy and recently joined the board of AccessHealth.

The Whites are members of Second Baptist Church and live in Cinco Ranch in Katy with their two children.

For more information on his run for office, visit lewiswhiteforjudge.com.

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FORT BEND ISD APPROVES $.02 TAX RATE REDUCTION

The Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) Board of Trustees has adopted a reduced tax rate of $1.32. The rate of $1.32 per $100 valuation marks the first change to the overall tax rate in seven years, and accounts for a Maintenance and Opera­tions rate of $1.06 and $0.26 for Debt Service. Although the Board formally adopted the tax, FBISD’s previously-adopted 2017-18 Budget was based on the lower overall tax rate, a reduction made possible by growth in property values and the District’s strong debt management program.

FBISD’s tax rate had remained at $1.34 since the 2010-11 school year, consisting of a $1.04 Mainten­ance and Operations Tax Rate and a $0.30 Debt Ser­vice tax rate. Even with the approved reduction, FBISD CFO Steve Bassett said that due to rising property values, some taxpayers will continue to pay more in taxes.“The two penny drop in the tax rate is a reduction of 1.5 percent,” said Bassett. “Homeowners with property growth higher than 1.5 percent will pay more than last year. However, the District is doing what it can to lower the rate even while we are in the middle of a bond program to address the rapid growth of the District. We are committed to not increasing the tax rate for the duration of the bond program.”

At $1.32, FBISD’s tax rate continues to be one of the lowest among its surrounding districts, and FBISD continues to receive state recognition for its strong fiscal management.

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Amina Patel Jinnah, M.D.

Amina Patel Jinnah, M.D.

HOUSTON METHODIST PRIMARY CARE GROUP WELCOMES DR. AMINA PATEL JINNAH TO RIVERSTONE

Houston Methodist Primary Care Group has welcomed Amina Patel Jinnah, M.D., board-certified family medicine physician, to the practice located at 18717 S. University Blvd., Suite 105 in Sugar Land. Jinnah joins an experienced team of primary care physicians and will continue to provide the same high-quality health care that the Riverstone community has come to expect.

Jinnah earned her medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College before completing her family medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and her clinical genetics residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Jinnah specializes in prevention and wellness and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses. She is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jinnah, or another primary care physician
with Houston Methodist Primary Care Group, visit houstonmethodist.org/primarycare or
call 713-394-MPCG (6724).

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William (Bill) Hamlyn

William (Bill) Hamlyn

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER ER NURSE RECEIVES ADVANCE CERTIFICATION

William (Bill) Hamlyn, one of OakBend Medical Center’s ER nurses, has received his advanced certification as a Trauma Certified ER Nurse. While there are more than 33,000 Certified Emergency Nurses in the United States, there are less than 2,000 Trauma Certified Emergency Nurses.

The three-month-long training and testing to receive the certification was intense, and Hamlyn’s real-life experiences played a role in the certification process. In case of an emergency medical situation, trauma nurses are the first healthcare professionals that give patients medical assistance. Trauma nurses are usually found in emergency rooms in hospitals and clinics, and are trained to treat trauma patients suffering from injuries and illnesses. The main responsibility of a trauma nurse is to stabilize the condition of a patient as quickly as possible. The Board of Certified Emergency Nurses issues this certification to those that are trained to understand all aspects of trauma care. It shows that the nurse understands and has reached the pinnacle of knowledge.

Hamlyn works at OakBend’s Grand Parkway Emergency Room. “This certification represents a life-long goal for me,” he said. “I am proud to have this certification, it means that I can give my patients the best possible care and I can help with all aspects of trauma care. I even encourage my co-workers to get their own certifications so that we all have the best knowledge possible to help our patients.” For more information, visit oakbendmedcenter.org.

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FBISD SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT KRISTIN TASSIN SEEKS REPUBLICAN NOMINATION IN TEXAS SENATE

Kristin Tassin has announced she will be running for the Republican nomination for State Senate District 17 which covers portions of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties. Now in her second term, Tassin serves as the president of the Fort Bend ISD School Board, the 7th largest school district in the state.

“I have spoken with people from across the 17th District who agree we deserve new leadership who can deliver actual results on the conservative reforms we need to strengthen our communities and serve our families,” Tassin said. “I am a solutions-driven conservative, who has a proven record of getting things done that make a real and positive difference for the families and children I serve. During my time as an involved parent and serving on the School Board, we have cut taxes for our hard-working families, increased teacher salaries by $2,500, and delivered reforms to increase school performance and accountability so we have more Texans who are independent, self-reliant, productive taxpayers for our state.”

“Austin politicians are neither following through on their Constitutional responsibilities nor their promises of limited government. Instead, we are left with a shell game where the taxes our families pay for education are used for special interests and unintended purposes,” Tassin noted. “Put simply, the State Legislature is not getting the job done on many of the most important issues facing our families: public school funding, fixing the school finance issue, real property tax reform that helps homeowners, investment in infrastructure and transparent budgeting that no longer steals tax dollars from our state’s key responsibilities. I have the background to help fix these issues and the courage to take on any special interest that threatens the success of our children, our communities, and the future of our great state of Texas.”

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(Seated, l-r): Aetna Volunteer Council Co-Chairs Julia Mueck and Brenda Foster; (standing): Pamela Shaw, director of Collaborative Communities; Bobbie Anderson, Shared Dreams facilitator; and Reba Cook, Collaborative Communities executive assistant.

(Seated, l-r): Aetna Volunteer Council Co-Chairs Julia Mueck and Brenda Foster; (standing): Pamela Shaw, director of Collaborative Communities; Bobbie Anderson, Shared Dreams facilitator; and Reba Cook, Collaborative Communities executive assistant.

AETNA DONATES SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FORT BEND ISD STUDENTS

Several Fort Bend ISD students will benefit greatly from the generous donation of school supplies provided by Aetna. To support the school district with its back to school needs, Aetna Volunteer Council Co-Chairs Julia Mueck and Brenda Foster recently presented FBISD with several boxes of school supplies.

Each year, Aetna employees purchase and donate items to support their worksite school supply drive. The employees collect pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, filler paper, glue, rulers, tissue, hand sanitizer and other school supplies to donate to FBISD’s Shared Dreams Program. The supplies are distributed to campuses to help replenish classroom supplies when needed.

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(L-R): Uttam Tripathy, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon; B. Keith Ellis, M.D, medical director of cardiovascular services; and Mahesh Ramchandani, M.D.

(L-R): Uttam Tripathy, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon; B. Keith Ellis, M.D, medical director of cardiovascular services; and Mahesh Ramchandani, M.D.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF HEART AND VASCULAR CARE

In 2007, Leszek Gorski needed heart valve replacement surgery. He consulted with Mahesh Ramchandani, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Dr. Ramchandani told me this would be the first open heart surgery at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, and he asked me if I would agree to be patient No. 1,” Gorski recalled. “I said, ‘I’m always No. 1! Definitely, let’s do it!’”

“The Heart & Vascular Center really started in 2006,” said B. Keith Ellis, M.D., medical director of cardiovascular services at Houston Methodist Sugar Land. “That’s when we instituted the STEMI program.”

Using its STEMI and open-heart surgery programs as a springboard, the Heart & Vascular Center continues its pursuit of excellent care and leading-edge medicine. To that end, the center creates a heart team consisting of a general cardiologist, an interventional cardiologist, a cardiovascular anesthesiologist and a cardiovascular surgeon for every patient who needs open heart surgery.

Patients with the following medical conditions receive innovative care at the Heart & Vascular Center: Acute stroke, cardiac arrhythmias, chronic total occlusion, congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and pulmonary embolus.

To schedule an appointment with a cardiologist at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit houstonmethodist.org/spg or call 281-274-7500.

To see Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s world-class team of cardiologists, surgeons, specialists and support staff in action, visit bit.ly/heartvideo-sl.

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Visitors to model homes in Imperial will be able to guess the fall scents for a chance to win a $1,000 VISA in the Autumn Aromas promotion during October.

Visitors to model homes in Imperial will be able to guess the fall scents for a chance to win a $1,000 VISA in the Autumn Aromas promotion during October.

IMPERIAL TOUTS AUTUMN AROMAS GIVEAWAY THROUGH OCTOBER

From pumpkin spice to apple cider, Fall scents could net homebuyers holiday cents when they visit Imperial in October.

During the Autumn Aromas giveaway, scent machines will fill each of the Sugar Land community’s seven model homes throughout the month. Visitors who guess the scents correctly will be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 VISA gift card just in time for the holidays.

“Our Autumn Aromas giveaway is a fun way to introduce our fantastic home designs to prospective buyers,” said Shay Shafie, general manager for Imperial. “Our award-winning builders also have really gone the extra mile, decking out their models with the latest fall home fashions, so you can pick up tips for decorating your current home or imagine life in one of ours.”

Models will be open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Four builders including Meritage Homes, Partners in Building, Sitterle Homes and Gracepoint Homes currently offer homes in Imperial. Designs range from luxury Brown­stones to high-end custom homes priced from the $450,000s to more than $1 million.

Located on the site of the historic Imperial Sugar Company, Imperial is a pedestrian-friendly community offering easy access to Sugar Land attractions like the Smart Finan­cial Centre, as well as activities closer to home such as baseball games at Constel­lation Field and a weekly farmers market.

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The Contract Land Staff employees and their $50,000 “check” for the JJ Watt Foundation.

The Contract Land Staff employees and their $50,000 “check” for the JJ Watt Foundation.

CONTRACT LAND STAFF DONATES $50K TO JJ WATT FOUNDATION

Contract Land Staff has announced a $50,000 donation to the JJ Watt Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief fund to support recovery efforts in Houston and the surrounding areas. The JJ Watt Foundation is committed to assisting Houston and surrounding ​communities hit hard by the hurricane.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and fellow citizens who were affected by Hurricane Harvey,” CLS’s President and CEO, Halet Murphy said. “As residents of the Texas Gulf Coast ourselves, we hope to help the thousands and thousands of our neighbors as they begin the long recovery from this disaster.”

Contract Land Staff, LLC, founded in 1985, is one of the largest independent providers of Right of Way and Land Management Consult­ing companies in North America. CLS serves pipeline, utility, electric transmission/distribution, rail, transportation, public sector, solar and wind generation, and telecommunications clients nationwide and in Canada, with corporate headquarters in Sugar Land.

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OPTUMRX SUPPORTS FBISD STUD­ENTS WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEEDS

For the past five years, OptumRx has supported Fort Bend ISD students with donations of backpacks and school supplies. This year was no exception as OptumRx representatives May Utti and Scott Miller presented FBISD Collaborative Communities staff with more than 35 backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as six containers of school supplies for the District’s Shared Dreams Program. The items are distributed to FBISD pre-kindergarten students as needed throughout the school year.

For two weeks during the summer, OptumRx employees took part in their company’s annual back-to-school supply drive, where the Employee Community Connect Group donated backpacks and other employees donated supplies (including composition books, folders, crayons, pencils, tissue and other items) or made monetary donations to support the drive.

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation fully funded Richmond Fire team’s second new boat.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation fully funded Richmond Fire team’s second new boat.

COMMUNITY BUSINESS FOUNDATION ASSISTS WITH NECESSARY EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

With recent significant weather events and flooding, the Richmond Fire Department began to enhance resources to facilitate water evacuation and rescue. While the Richmond Fire Department has staffed a Dive Team and prepared for water emergencies for many years, last year’s flooding from the Brazos River prompted the Fire Department to budget and purchase a boat specifically designed for evacuation and rescues.

Fire Chief Mike Youngblood said, “Specialized equipment and resources can be expensive and challenging to justify, especially if it is equipment that is not frequently used in emergency services responses.” He added, “Just because it may not be needed on a daily basis is no reason to not have what you need when you need it, especially when protecting the lives of citizens.”

Fire administration researched how to offset some of the cost associated with planning and preparing for low frequency/high impact events. It was discovered that a local business offers assistance to public service entities for emergency equipment: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Richmond Fire Department Assistant Chief Derek Brown applied for and was awarded a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant for an additional boat. This boat allows the department to work in tandem with the boats during dive events, or independently in emergencies such as Hurricane Harvey presented during widespread flooding.

To learn more, visit richmondtx.gov/departments/fire-department. To know more about the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit firehousesubs.com/public-safety-foundation, or visit one of their locations and thank them for supporting local emergency services.

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FORT BEND COMMUNITY PREVENTION COALITION AWARDED $45,000 GRANT

Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition, a program of Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, has been awarded The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act grant to address the prevalence of dangerous of alcohol use among youth in our community. The grant is funded through Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The purpose of this grant is to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in the Fort Bend Indepen­dent School District community. Through collaboration, the Coalition will unite law enforcement, parents, churches, teens, federal state and local government with citizens, community-based organizations and others in order to share resources and implement evidence-based practices.

To join the coalition or learn more history about the STOP Act of 2006, the nation’s first comprehensive legislation on underage drinking, contact Payal Patani at 281-207-2435 or ppatani@fortbendcouncil.org.


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