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Bhadresh Shah. M.D.

Bhadresh Shah. M.D.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL IMPLEMENTS INTENSIVISTS PROGRAM

Houston Methodist Sugar Land is the only hospital in Fort Bend County to implement an innovative program that places critical care physicians, also known as intensivists, in the intensive care unit (ICU) 24/7.

“As our hospital has grown to the largest in Fort Bend County with 347 beds, the number of critical care patients we see has increased as well. This program strengthens our ability to provide critically-ill patients with the best possible care available in Fort Bend,” said Bhadresh Shah, M.D., medical director of Houston Metho­dist Sugar Land Hospital’s ICUs. “Our intensivists were chosen from leading institutions around the country for their commitment to specialized patient care and their alignment with the mission and values of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.”

By September, Houston Methodist Sugar Land will have eight critical care physicians in place to staff its 40 bed ICU, which includes 20 medical and 20 surgical beds. Studies show that intensivist-directed care leads to better outcomes for patients, including reduced numbers of complications and shorter stays in the ICU. Having intensivists on-site also allows patients to be evaluated by a physician within one hour after their admittance to the ICU, and makes round-the-clock care and observation the standard.

At Houston Methodist Sugar Land, intensivists work closely with other physician specialists, acute care nurse practitioners and ancillary care providers to ensure that ICU patients receive timely, responsive care throughout their stay. As a team, they provide improved continuity of care as well as ensure regular communication with patients, family members, primary care physicians and other specialists.

“Full-time intensivists are typically found only in large teaching hospitals around the country, but we recognize that having an enhanced level of care can make a significant difference for patients who are either seriously ill or recovering from surgery, as their conditions can change rapidly,” said Shah. “The intensivist program is an investment by the hospital to ensure that our most at-risk patients are receiving hands-on care from both physicians and nurses 24 hours a day.”

Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more.

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Memorial Hermann's Dr. Mahasti Chalajour stands with two students in front of one of the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation Mobile Dental Vans.

Memorial Hermann’s Dr. Mahasti Chalajour stands with two students in front of one of the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation Mobile Dental Vans.

MEMORIAL HERMANN RECOGNIZED WITH AHA AWARDS

In a rare accomplishment for a U.S. health system, Memorial Hermann was nationally recognized for awards in multiple categories by the American Hospital Association (AHA) – notably for its commitment to quality, employing innovation in palliative and end-of-life care and for improving community health. Memor­ial Hermann was the only Houston health system recognized at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego in July.

Earning 2016 AHA honors were: Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital – finalist for the 2016 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety; the Memorial Hermann Comm­unity Benefit Corporation Mobile Dental Program – presented the AHA’s NOVA Award for its efforts to improve community health; and the Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Symptom Management Consultants, the recipient of the AHA’s Circle of Life Citation of Honor for utilizing innovation in palliative and end-of-life care.

“This type of national recognition by the American Hospital Association is a testament to the visionary leadership at Memorial Hermann and the dedicated and collective efforts of staff and physicians to deliver great care daily to the Houston community,” said Dr. Benjamin K. Chu, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System. “It truly demonstrates how our innovative programs are comprehensively serving the community with high quality and safe patient care at our hospitals, employing compassion in end-of-life care and decisions, and helping those most in need with our mobile dental program. All Memorial Hermann employees and physicians should be extremely proud of this wonderful milestone that few systems in the United States have or will achieve.”

At the hospital level, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights was the only Houston hospital to earn recognition as an AHA McKesson Quest for Quality finalist, attaining that distinction by demonstrating a tireless “organizational commitment to and progress in achieving quality, safety and effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered care” – the criteria required to be met to even be considered for the award.

The Mobile Dental Program added to the accolades for Memorial Hermann by earning the AHA’s NOVA Award – an honor that recognizes hospitals and health systems for their collaborative efforts toward improving community health.

An integral component of the Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools clinics, the Mobile Dental Program has served as the “dental home” for uninsured and underinsured students in the greater Houston region since 2000. The program now has expanded to three 40-foot vans that rotate between 10 school-based clinics located in five school districts – Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Houston ISD, Aldine ISD, and Pasadena ISD. The program provides a full complement of preventive and restorative dental care at no cost, and is accessible year-round to families.

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(Back row, l-r): Bob Douds, Jeff Haley, Joe Freudenberger, Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux, Barry Beard, Tim McCarty; (second row): Norma Petrosewicz, May Tape, Debra Kruse, Sue McCarty, Tom Crayton, Ruthanne Mefford, Dr. John Zerwas; (front row): Jeff and Ann Council

(Back row, l-r): Bob Douds, Jeff Haley, Joe Freudenberger, Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux, Barry Beard, Tim McCarty; (second row): Norma Petrosewicz, May Tape, Debra Kruse, Sue McCarty, Tom Crayton, Ruthanne Mefford, Dr. John Zerwas; (front row): Jeff and Ann Council

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER BOARD PRESIDENT RECEIVES STATEWIDE RECOGNITION

Jeff Council of OakBend Medical Center is the recipient of the 2016 Founders’ Award, Texas Healthcare Trustees’ highest honor. The award’s presentation took place July 29 during THT’s 2016 Healthcare Governance Conference in San Antonio.

Trustees are leaders who go above and beyond as they work to improve health care in their communities. To celebrate these individuals, Texas Healthcare Trustees created the Founders’ Award in 1972, which was given to the five founders of THT for their leadership, dedication to the principles of the organization and their commitment to excellence in health care governance.

“Jeff is an even more impressive person than a trustee, if that is possible given his history serving OakBend and our com­munity,” said Joseph Freudenberger, OakBend Medical Center CEO. “He understands that people are our greatest resource and takes the time to let those around him know how much he cares about them. He is perhaps the most positive person I know and was instrumental in my development as a new CEO. I’m honored to call Jeff my friend and mentor.”

Council was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1982. He served as treasurer of the board in 2001 and president from 2002 to 2008. Under his leadership as president, the hospital’s Board of Directors was presented with the Excellence in Governance Award by THT’s Texas Academy of Governance. He retired from the board due to term limits in December 2008, rejoined in 2013 and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors.

Additionally, Council served as a member of the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2008 and currently is a member of the THT Chairman’s Council.

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FROST ELEMENTARY GROUP HONORED BY ARC OF FORT BEND

A group of Frost Elementary teachers and administrators were honored by the Arc of Fort Bend County for their contributions to serving students with disabilities. The group was honored June 27 at the Arc’s annual Awards Dinner.

Recognized as Outstanding Educators were: Frost Elementary Principal Dr. Shannon Hood, teachers Lori Gallegos, Jennifer Heath, Karen Naivar, and Nina Pustejovsky; Jewlon Morris, Special Education Campus Coordinator; Alexandria Blackmon, educational diagnostician; Emily Easily, speech pathologist; Roberta Olivares, occupational therapist; and in-home trainers Julia Byars and Melissa Jacobs. The Frost contingent was nominated by a parent.

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(L-R, front row): Stephanie Guillot, HNTB; Tom Wilson, Reading Road Professional Office Park; Luis Perches, HNTB; Jorge Nevares, HNTB; Eileen Heye, HNTB; Wini Bishop, HNTB; Lori Ann Belin, Commissioner Andy Meyers, Precinct 3; (second row): Mike Voinis, HNTB; Antonio Herrera, HNTB; Katie Herrington, Fort Bend County Commissioner's Office, Precinct 2; Richard Morrison, Commissioner, Precinct 1; Brenda Patton, Fort Bend County Commissioner's Office,Precinct 2; Raj Basavaraju, HNTB; Syed Haq, HNTB; (back row): Joel Salinas, HNTB; Todd Rogers, HNTB; Oliver Salgado, HNTB; Jeff Haley, Si Environmental LLC; Jeff Wiley, Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Harish Jajoo, Councilman, City of Sugar Land; Maurice Lewis, Fort Bend County Commissioner's Office, Precinct 2; and Tom Wendorf, HNTB.

(L-R, front row): Stephanie Guillot, HNTB; Tom Wilson, Reading Road Professional Office Park; Luis Perches, HNTB; Jorge Nevares, HNTB; Eileen Heye, HNTB; Wini Bishop, HNTB; Lori Ann Belin, Commissioner Andy Meyers, Precinct 3; (second row): Mike Voinis, HNTB; Antonio Herrera, HNTB; Katie Herrington, Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Office, Precinct 2; Richard Morrison, Commissioner, Precinct 1; Brenda Patton, Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Office,Precinct 2; Raj Basavaraju, HNTB; Syed Haq, HNTB; (back row): Joel Salinas, HNTB; Todd Rogers, HNTB; Oliver Salgado, HNTB; Jeff Haley, Si Environmental LLC; Jeff Wiley, Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Harish Jajoo, Councilman, City of Sugar Land; Maurice Lewis, Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Office, Precinct 2; and Tom Wendorf, HNTB.

CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER WELCOMES HNTB CORPORATION

On July 18, the Central Fort Bend Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new member HNTB Corporation, a nationwide transportation and infrastructure firm based out of Kansas City with a local office in the Houston area since 1979. HNTB recently expanded to the Fort Bend County area for a new project it is starting with TxDOT. Senior project manager Raj Basavaraju thanked business owners, elected officials and community members who came out to support HNTB Corporation. Raj also introduced senior project manager Jorge Nevares and Houston office leader Mike Voinis who continued to thank their staff for all their hard work and dedication.

HNTB Corporation has about 4,000 employees nationwide and plans to expand across Texas by providing a range of professional services. Voinis said, “We are excited about the new move to the Fort Bend area and to be a member of the Central Fort Bend Chamber.” Basavaraju added, “We have been discussing our presence in growing Fort Bend County area for two years, and are excited to have the opportunity to work with TxDOT and give back to the success of the Highway 36 project.”

For more information, visit hntb.com.

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(L-R): Cason Wen, Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey P.C.; Jeff Haley, Si Environmental, LLC; Mary Favre, Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey P.C.; Ross Asher; Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Wesley Wittig, Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office; and Judge Gary Janssen, Fort Bend County.

(L-R): Cason Wen, Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey P.C.; Jeff Haley, Si Environmental, LLC; Mary Favre, Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey P.C.; Ross Asher; Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Wesley Wittig, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office; and Judge Gary Janssen, Fort Bend County.

CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER JULY WORKING LUNCH SERIES FOCUSES ON TEXAS FIREARM LAWS

At the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s July Working Lunch on July 21, Ross Asher, a shareholder in the litigation section of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey P.C., gave an overview of firearm laws in Texas. Small business owners came prepared to learn about topics such as open carry, concealed carry and campus carry. Chairman of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Jeff Haley thanked Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey P.C. for hosting the lunch and introduced Asher.

Asher discussed the requirements for business owners who choose to allow or prohibit concealed or open carry and penalties for violating “no carry areas.” He also addressed rules for obtaining a firearms carry license and off-limit locations to licensed carriers. According to Asher, “All the places you couldn’t carry before concealed you still can’t carry openly, such as schools, school buses, concerts and high school, collegiate and professional sporting events.”

The Working Lunch Series focuses on technical education topics for small business and is held the third Thursday of each month.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN NAMED ONE OF NATION’S “MOST WIRED” FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The Memorial Hermann Health System was named one of the country’s “Most Wired” for the 12th consecutive year in the Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) recently released annual survey conducted in partnership with the American Hospital Association.

“Memorial Hermann is proud to be named ‘Most Wired’ for the 12th consecutive year,” said David Bradshaw, Memorial Hermann’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “Our technology has been instrumental to improving and better managing the care of our patients, delivering high-quality and safe care while simultaneously providing a better cost value to healthcare consumers.”

H&HN’s Most Wired Survey is an annual review designed to measure the level of information technology adoption in hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S. The nation’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems have deployed technologies that improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medical errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage, according to the survey.

Memorial Hermann has been at the forefront of adopting and aggressively utilizing IT tools to promote improved patient care and safety, operational efficiency, data collection, and to reduce healthcare costs. It’s the primary reason Memorial Hermann has repeatedly been lauded as one of the nation’s “Most Wired.”

Memorial Hermann is employing Cerner technology to help manage population health and plan anesthesia care before and after surgery by using documentation tools that provide real-time documentation and access to patient records. Additionally, Memorial Hermann is using a speech recognition tool that enables physicians to do real-time documentation as well as an electronic prescribing tool that sends prescriptions directly to the pharmacy.

“We will continue to apply rapidly changing improvements in IT and information systems in a way that enhances patient care and service and aligns with our commitment to helping patients better their health and healthcare management,” said Amanda Hammel, VP, ISD Operations and Population Health.

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Nader Ayub, D.O

Nader Ayub, D.O

HOUSTON METHODIST ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE WELCOMES NADER AYUB, D.0.

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land has announced that Nader Ayub, D.O., will be joining the group and begin seeing patients in August.

Ayub is a primary care sports medicine physician who will office at Houston Methodist Primary Care Group’s new building located near Sienna Plantation at 8330 Highway 6 in Missouri City. His focus is on family medicine and the treatment of common sports injuries. He will also have office hours in Sugar Land every Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine facility, located at 16811 Southwest Frwy., Suite 200.

Ayub is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He recently completed the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

He specializes in providing primary care and sports medicine for adolescents and young adults. He can handle everyday illnesses and provide specialized care for sports injuries, concussion management and orthopedic conditions. This unique blend of expertise is ideal for active pre-teens and teenagers, as well as others who have outgrown their pediatrician.

“Primary care sports medicine is a rapidly growing field that provides significant benefits to patients who actively participate in sports,” said David Braunreiter, M.D., primary care sports medicine physician with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land and mentor
and fellowship director of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. “With his training and background, Dr. Ayub will be a tremendous asset to our team as well as to our patients.”

Ayub will be a team physician for Rice University Athletics and for Fort Bend ISD schools. He has extensive experience in sports and family medicine, completing a residency in family medicine and serving on the medical teams for both the Houston and The Woodlands Marathons. Before joining Houston Methodist, he coordinated high school athletic physicals and conducted preseason physicals for athletes at Houston Baptist University. Ayub was also a venue physician for the 2016 NCAA Final Four in Houston as well as a physician for the 2016 Houston Texas Livestock Show and Rodeo. He is also an athlete himself, enjoying basketball, bodybuilding, soccer, softball, volleyball and scuba diving.

To schedule an appointment with Ayub or another Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician, call 281-690-4678 or visit
houstonmethodist.org/appointments

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Dr. David Pitre

Dr. David Pitre

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY NAMES HEAD OF SCHOOL

David Pitre, Ph.D. has been named head of school for Fort Bend Christian Academy.

After beginning his career as an instructor in higher education, Pitre served independent and Christian independent schools in several senior-administrative roles, including head of school, founding head of upper school, academic dean, and dean of faculty.

Pitre has been involved in a wide variety of professional activities and associations, including serving on accreditation teams in several states, participating in professional organizations such as the National Association of Independent Schools, the International Dyslexia Association, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and serving as a member of the board of directors of the Texas Association of Nonpublic Schools.

“For me to serve as Fort Bend Christian Academy’s next Head of School is both a professional honor and a personal privilege,” Pitre said. “For all of FBCA’s successes, good work remains to be done as it moves into its next stage of development as a premier Christian independent school.”

Pitre earned a B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana), a M.A. from Virginia Tech University, and a Ph.D. from the Univer­sity of South Carolina. He is married to Judy, a speech/language therapist and reading/ language clinician and diagnostician.

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ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL WELCOMES SUZANNE BARTO AS PRINCIPAL

Suzanne Barto, former assistant principal at St. Laurence Catholic School (SLCS), is now stepping into the role of principal. Barto has been in Catholic education for 20 years and is passionate about educating young people in a nurturing environment that teaches them the importance of serving others. She is excited and humbled to take on this leadership role with such an amazing school community.

“Mrs. Barto is a smart, talented, and strong person whose faith and commitment are unwavering,” said Debra Haney, previous St. Laurence Catholic School principal. “She is a believer in SLCS and its mission to educate all of God’s children, and I know that the SLCS community will embrace her with open arms as the new principal. ”

As a long-time parishioner and school staff member, she plans to continue the mission of ensuring that the students receive a formation in their faith, along with strong academics and opportunities to expand and express their creativity and talents.

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(L-R): Richard Stolleis, Fort Bend County Engineer; Stacy Slawinski, Fort Bend County Assistant Engineer; Wesley Crawford, Fort Bend County Engineering Construction Coordinator; Joe Rebecek, Executive Vice President Hassell Construction; Andy Meyers, Fort Bend County Commissioner Pct. 3; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Troy Burditt, Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates, Inc.; Terri Vela, Richmond City Manager; Mike Kruszynski, Public Works City of Richmond; Howard Christian, Director of Public Works, City of Richmond; and Llarance Turner, Vice President, Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates, Inc.

(L-R): Richard Stolleis, Fort Bend County Engineer; Stacy Slawinski, Fort Bend County Assistant Engineer; Wesley Crawford, Fort Bend County Engineering Construction Coordinator; Joe Rebecek, Executive Vice President Hassell Construction; Andy Meyers, Fort Bend County Commissioner Pct. 3; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Troy Burditt, Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates, Inc.; Terri Vela, Richmond City Manager; Mike Kruszynski, Public Works City of Richmond; Howard Christian, Director of Public Works, City of Richmond; and Llarance Turner, Vice President, Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates, Inc.

GOLFVIEW DRIVE RIBBON-CUTTING

County and City officials celebrated the completion of Phase 2 improvements on Golfview Drive with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 15. The half-mile project includes the area from FM 762 to the Fort Bend County Justice Center. A continuous left-turn lane provides safer turning movements improving access to the Justice Center. Improvements to the Rabb’s Bayou will mitigate drainage and prevent future erosion near the San Gabriel Cemetery.

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said, “From FM 762, Golfview now flows unvexed to Williams Way. US Grant may have taken a little less time to capture Vicksburg in 1863, but ultimately he and the County finally got their tasks done. Long overdue, but worth waiting for.”

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Riverstone is once again the most active community in Houston based on housing starts, reports Metro­study. It is the third consecutive year Riverstone has held the No. 1 ranking.

Riverstone is once again the most active community in Houston based on housing starts, reports Metro­study. It is the third consecutive year Riverstone has held the No. 1 ranking.

JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT LEADS LIST OF HOUSTON’S MOST ACTIVE COMMUNITIES

Johnson Development Corp. is once again demonstrating the strength of its Houston-area projects, with more communities than any other developer on the list of Houston’s Most Active Communities.

Recently released by housing market researcher Metrostudy, the list details the top 25 communities with the most housing starts in 2015. Johnson Development has four developments on the list: Riverstone, ranked No. 1 with 692 housing starts last year; Woodforest, ranked No. 4 with 409 starts; Sienna Plantation, No. 5 with 376 construction starts; and Cross Creek Ranch, listed at No. 6 with 346 starts. In all, Johnson Development projects accounted for 25 percent of the 7,366 housing starts attributed to the top 25 communities.

“Builders are active in communities that sell, and our developments are historically among the best-selling communities in the nation,” said Doug Goff, chief operating officer of Johnson Development.

Lawrence Dean, Metrostudy’s Houston Regional Director, says, “Johnson Development excels in conceiving, executing and marketing high quality master-planned communities in the exact locations in which Houstonians wish to live,” he said. “The result of Johnson Develop­ment’s mastery of all three of these crucial elements of community development is their strong current performance and enviable track record.”

Riverstone is currently ranked the No. 1 top-selling development in Texas and No. 5 in the nation on a list compiled earlier this year by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO). Woodforest is listed at No. 19 on the RCLCO list. Learn more at johnsondevelopment.com


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