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Sugar Land, TX News – New Certification for Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 05th 2015

Sugar Land, TX News (January 5, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Sugar Land, TX News – 100-Year-Old Woman Visits Newborn to Commemorate Birthday

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 26th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (November 26, 2014) – Memorial area resident Janet Unger was born at 7:25 am on Nov. 25, 1914.  To commemorate her birthday yesterday, the 100-year-old woman and her daughter visited Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center to meet and give a gift to a newborn who shared her birthday.  Unger presented baby girl Utsa and her family, who reside in Sugar Land, with a hand-written card about life’s blessings, as well as a photo of herself as a centenarian and a $100 bill.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Medical Center Receives Grant for Indigent Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News – OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, TX was recently granted $750,000 from the George Foundation to support the hospital’s Indigent Care Program.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend Women’s Center Receives Grant

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (November 6, 2014) – The Sugar Land Verizon Communications Store Team recently presented a Hopeline Grant of $15,000 to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center in support of the “Safety Teen Leadership Program.” The program reaches teens before or as violent relationship patterns are emerging, and provides education and empowerment for developing healthy relationship habits.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Hospital Performs Single-Site Hysterectomy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (October 13, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital recently became the first hospital in Fort Bend County to perform a single incision laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure.

“Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is passionate about providing the best patient care available and offering more options for our patients,” said Board-certified Gynecological Surgeon Nicole Fleming, M.D., who performed the first procedure in August. “Fewer incisions may speed recovery time, reduce the chance of infection and other surgical complications, and potentially result in less pain for the patient.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Welcomes New Associate

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 07th 2014

Sugar Land TX News (October 7, 2014) – Susan Mathew, M.D., recently joined the Sugar Land staff of Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates.

Dr. Mathew cares for patients with a wide range of rheumatic diseases, with a special emphasis on lupus. She comes to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from Geisinger Medical Center, a clinical campus of Temple University in Danville, Pennsylvania, where she served a fellowship in rheumatology.

Mathew

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Deploys New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 24, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the first in Fort Bend County to use a next-generation cardiac ablation system to treat a patient with a common heart rhythm condition called atrial fibrillation, or AF. Patients with AF are typically treated with point-by-point radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat to ablate, or remove, extra tissue that is causing the heart to beat irregularly.
However, Sohail Jalal, M.D., a board-certified electrophysiologist, used the new Arctic Front Advance Cardiac Cryoballoon System, made by Medtronic, to treat his patient in a minimally invasive procedure at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Dr. Jalal
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Sugar Land, TX News – YMCA Summer Sites Come Together for Campapalooza 2014

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - On July 24th, the nine YMCA youth outreach summer camp sites across Fort Bend County converged on Bates Allen Park (YMCA Camp Cloud) in Kendleton, TX for their annual “Campapalooza” field day and picnic.  Almost three hundred fifty Fort Bend County youth participated in a variety of activities and competitions.  Thanks to the assistance from six local supporters and donors that participated as celebrity judges for the day; the kids also competed in a talent show.  “The event provides a great opportunity for all of the youth involved in our nine Fort Bend County programs to come together for food, fun, and fellowship,” stated Brian Haines, YMCA District Vice President.

The YMCA “Campapalooza” event was created in 2009 by YMCA volunteers and staff in an effort to broaden the life experiences of the youth in YMCA summer outreach programs and to instill a sense of pride for the community that they represent.  During the one day event, participants represented their Y sites through a variety of individual and team competitions, as well as a talent show.  The children also participated in canoeing and other outdoor activities that they learned at Y Camp Cloud during the summer.  The day culminated with a barbecue lunch served up by YMCA volunteers and staff.

Y Talent Show Champs & Judges  - (From Left to Right) – Back Row Celebrity Judges – Swatson, Mike Flory, John Willett, Monica Rusch, Marshall Whichard, and Mike Davis.  Seated Front Rows – Winning Talent Show Youth from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Outreach Site.

Y Talent Show Champs & Judges – (From Left to Right) – Back Row Celebrity Judges – Swatson, Mike Flory, John Willett, Monica Rusch, Marshall Whichard, and Mike Davis. Seated Front Rows – Winning Talent Show Youth from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Outreach Site.

Each year, the highlight of the Y “Campapalooza” event is the talent show.   During the talent show, each YMCA site presented their best talents through a variety of singing and dancing performances.  Judges for the talent show were represented by local organizations and businesses that support YMCA programs throughout the year.  The celebrity judges for the 2014 contest included Marshall Whichard, Y Camp Cloud Co-Chair; Mike Flory, Y Camp Cloud Co-Chair; Mike Davis, Fort Bend County Parks & Recreation Director; Monica Rusch, Houston Astros and Y Camping Services Board; Swatson, Sugar Land Skeeters Mascot; and John Willett, Y Camping Services Board.  After scoring all of the tremendous talent, the judges awarded first place to a team from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Elementary outreach site from Rosenberg, Texas.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Primary Care Group Welcomes Dr. Rajan

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Houston Methodist Primary Care Group is pleased to welcome family medicine specialist Dr. Jessen Rajan.

Dr. Rajan will share a practice with Dr. Adelola Ashaye in Missouri City, located at 5819 Highway 6, Suite 370.  Dr. Rajan is board certified in family medicine, and her practice serves patients of all ages, with a special emphasis on preventive care.

Dr. Rajan

Dr. Rajan

“I am thrilled to be a part of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group,” says Dr. Rajan.  “The Fort Bend area is an exciting place to live and work, and I am looking forward to establishing long-term relationships with my patients in Missouri City and surrounding areas. I am especially pleased to be affiliated with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and to have access to the hospital’s leading technology and excellent staff.”

Dr. Rajan comes to Houston Methodist Primary Care Group from the Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe.  She earned her medical degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station and her undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rajan, call her office at 281-276-0653 or schedule online at houstonmethodist.org/primarycare.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Now Offers Endoscopic Ultrasounds

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital gastroenterologist Madhukar Kaw, M.D., recently performed the hospital’s first endoscopic ultrasound procedure, an advanced technology that enables doctors to generate accurate, detailed images of lesions in the digestive tract that are not visible through routine endoscopy.

Endoscopic ultrasound combines traditional endoscopy – in which a small, lighted flexible tube with an attached ultrasound probe is inserted into the upper or lower digestive tract.  The scope includes a tiny device that creates sound waves to generate additional close-up images of organs, enabling the physician to see detailed pictures both from the camera and via ultrasound.  Endoscopic ultrasound is especially helpful in guiding the physician during the biopsy of organs and lymph nodes.

Dana G. Lewis, R.N., endoscopy charge nurse; Kenneth Isaac, endoscopy technician; Madhukar Kaw, M.D., gastroenterologist; Max Mejia, endoscopy technician; Roderick Carter, endoscopy technician.

Currently, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the only facility in Fort Bend providing endoscopic ultrasounds.

“Images from a traditional endoscopic camera don’t always allow the physician to detect some early-stage cancers,” says Dr. Kaw.  “And routine ultrasounds, because they travel through the body, are typically not helpful until there is a mass of some size.  Now we can create both close-up camera and ultrasound images with one tool that enables us to clearly see lesions or abnormalities and to directly guide biopsies for further study. The endoscopic ultrasound has become an integral technology in identifying and staging gastrointestinal cancers including esophageal, stomach, rectum, pancreatic, and bile duct cancers.”

Sugar Land, TX News – New Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Now Open in Missouri City

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 24, 2014) - Missouri City residents now have convenient access to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s leading emergency care capabilities.

The new state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center opened July 15 in the heart of Missouri City, at 8200 Highway 6 between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrated the new Emergency Care Center on July 10 with over 400 attendees. The 9,600-square-foot facility includes 10 private treatment rooms, full-service X-ray, CT, and ultrasound capabilities.

Maime Ballard, Physician Relations; Dr. Jessen Rajan, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group; Dr. Deepshikha Sharda, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group; Dr. Adelola Ashaye, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group.

Most importantly, Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients, working alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff with extensive experience in emergency care.

“The new Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center gives Missouri City residents a first-class ER right in their own neighborhood,” says Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “Patients treated at the new center will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital if needed, along with personal assistance from patient representatives in scheduling any necessary follow-up appointments.  And the center accepts all insurance plans that are in-network with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital including Medicare.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Literacy Council of Fort Bend’s Great Grown-up Spelling Bee

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - Attention Fort Bend County residents, there is a “rumble in the bumble!”  Teams of three adults are buzzing around preparing for the 5th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee that will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University of Houston-Sugar Land.

Whether you lost your grade-school Spelling Bee and cannot wait any longer to redeem yourself, want to participate in a fun old-fashioned Bee to increase your knowledge, or want to show-off your superb spelling skills, the Bee is for you. For only a $500 team entry fee, a team of three spellers will win a place in our “Honey Hall of Fame” and the braggadocio rights as the “Best Grown-Up Spellers in the County.”

Feeling rusty on your spelling ability? Don’t worry. We will provide each team with a list of words to study prior to the Bee.  Also, we are offering spell-agains, mulligans, and stingers for strategic teams to purchase to assist with any difficult words.  Don’t “Bee” a “Humble Bee;” “Bee” a “Bumble Bee” and grab two of your co-workers, friends, or family members to join the fun as a team in our Bee.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for this event, and they range in price from $5,000 to $75. In addition to regular sponsorships, we are offering smaller sponsorships, such as “Bee a Word Sponsor” for $200. At the $200 level, the sponsor will have a spelling word that is related to their business announced during the Bee as one of the spelling words. Bee a Word Sponsors will receive sponsor recognition on the website, at the event, admission and dinner for two. For $100, a sponsor can be a letter in our “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet sponsorship opportunity. Two sponsor opportunities are available for each letter of the Alphabet. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors have the chance to claim the first letter of their business name, last name, children’s name, etc., and have that letter represent their business or their family. The “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” will be displayed at the event, on the website; will receive admission and dinner for one. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Texas Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend, August 8-10

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 8, 9, and 10 – the state’s annual tax holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. Given the few exemptions, families can take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday and purchase back-to-school items for their children, with a possible savings of $8 for every $100 they spend.

For more information on the Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend and to view lists of qualifying sale items (that can be purchased online, by telephone or mail), visit window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday/d/.

Sugar Land, TX News – Child Advocates of Fort Bend Offers Week Long Training Class

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 9, 2014) - Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children? July 28 to August 1 from 9:00 am until 4 pm daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is your last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, Child Advocates of Fort Bend currently serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and interview, and submit to background screening. For more information or an application, please contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5146 or rlukefahr@cafb.org.

Sugar Land, TX News – Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Seeks Volunteers

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 01st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 1, 2014) - Looking for a new volunteer opportunity? The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County needs you. Do you love planning and organizing? They are looking for new faces and fresh ideas for future events. Or is your passion helping others directly? You might be a great fit for the Tutor Training Program. Join the team for happy hour at Fabulous You Boutique in Sugar Land on July 17th at 6 pm for wine and cheese, shopping, and to find out more about the different ways you can be involved. For more information and to be placed on the guest list, contact Cari Middaugh at 281-240-8181 or cmiddaugh@ftbendliteracy.org.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Gives Back to FBISD

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land offers their annual sports physicals for Fort Bend and Alief Independent School Districts’ middle school and high school athletes. They have been associated with these school districts for more than 15 years as team physicians.

University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires all high school athletes to undergo and pass a physical examination prior to participating in sports.

Physical evaluations include testing height, weight, vision, blood pressure, pulse, ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, spine, and all joints in the upper and lower body.  Physicians discuss the athletes’ medical history and consult with them and their parents if further evaluation is necessary prior to releasing them to participate in sports.

D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Kenneth M. Renney, M.D., Sports Medicine; Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Eddie T. Matsu, M.D., General Orthopedics, Joint Replacement Surgery; Mark W. Maffet, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Vincent C. Phan, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Carl A. Hicks, M.D., Joint Replacement Surgery; Ray R. Valdez, M.D., Foot & Ankle, Orthopedic Surgery; David A. Braunreiter, M.D., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management; Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery and Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management.

“We truly enjoy working with the schools in Fort Bend County,” said Dr. Vincent Phan, orthopedic surgeon and team physician. “I grew up here and actually went to Elsik High School, so it is an honor to come back and support the players.  We look forward to continuing to support these school districts.”

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land generously donates proceeds that are generated from the physical examinations back to the school’s athletic training programs. In the last five years, this group of physicians has donated more than $250,000 back to local schools. Athletic trainers use this money to purchase the necessary equipment they need for the upcoming school year in addition to what their budget allows. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Welcomes Dr. Michael Yaakovian

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 25, 2014) - Michael Yaakovian, M.D., is joining Drs. Timothy Oppermann and Ashish Saharia at Methodist Department of Surgery, effective in July.

He comes to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from Kaiser Permanente Healthcare in Baltimore, where he was a general surgeon and director of the wound care unit.

Michael Yaakovian, M.D.

Dr. Yaakovian is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He performs a broad range of surgeries and procedures including colon surgery, breast surgery, gall bladder surgery, hernia surgery, skin and soft tissue surgery, colonoscopies, and upper endoscopies.

“We are excited to have someone of Dr. Yaakovian’s background and skill set join our team,” says Dr. Oppermann. “He is a talented surgeon who recognizes the importance of providing personalized, hands-on care to his patients.”

Dr. Yaakovian is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and he completed his residency and an internship in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also served as a research fellow in trauma/critical care. He later completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and served as an assistant professor of surgery at the school before accepting the position at Kaiser Permanente.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Yaakovian, call 281-275-0860. His office is located in Medical Office Building Three on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus, 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 450.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breaks Ground on New Orthopedics Facility

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 23, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently celebrated the official groundbreaking on a new 60,000-square-foot home for Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

The state-of-the-art facility – on the corner of Highway 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard – will allow Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to move from its current location on Highway 6 and Brooks Street to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus, with easy access to the hospital and its diagnostic imaging and other services.

Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management; D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Vincent C. Phan, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Eddie T. Matsu, M.D., General Orthopedics, Joint Replacement Surgery; Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Lindley Cramer, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Practice Administrator; Carl A. Hicks, M.D., Joint Replacement Surgery; Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Ray R. Valdez, M.D., Foot & Ankle, Orthopedic Surgery; Mark W. Maffet, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Kenneth M. Renney, M.D., Sports Medicine and David A. Braunreiter, M.D., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management.

“Orthopedics and sports medicine are among the fastest growing specialties of care in Fort Bend and Southwest Houston, and this amazing new facility will be a tremendous benefit to our patients, bringing all our related services together at one site on the hospital campus,” said Chris Siebenaler, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO.

In addition, the new building will include space for physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, an outside training facility for athletes recovering from injury, a sports medicine urgent care clinic, and a sports performance training program.  The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Child Advocates of Fort Bend Offers Week Long Training Class

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 19, 2014) - Are you looking for something meaningful to do this summer and interested in making a difference in the lives of children? July 28 to August 1 from 9:00 am until 4 pm daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is your last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, Child Advocates of Fort Bend currently serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and interview, and submit to background screening. For more information or an application to participate in the Flex Training, please contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5172 or cdavis@cafb.org.

Gearing up for training (L to R) are: Child Advocates of Fort Bend CASA staff members Carol Thesing, Heather Rashid, and Casey Davis.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Tucanos Brazilian Grill Celebrates the World Cup

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 11, 2014) - Tucanos Brazilian Grill, a festive, family friendly Brazilian steakhouse, announced plans for a month-long celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Tucanos will celebrate Brazil hosting soccer’s world championship with activities for the whole family, featuring a decidedly Brazilian flair. The limited-time celebration will include special World Cup menu items and “tailgate” carryout packages, daily in-restaurant viewing parties, an online social media contest, and the introduction of what may be the next “must-have” World Cup souvenir – the caxirola. The caxirola – created in the image of the caxixi, a traditional Brazilian percussion hand instrument – is a rhythmic noisemaker that has been dubbed the official musical instrument of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Tucanos restaurants may be one of the few places where caxirolas will be available since the instruments have been banned from World Cup venues for “safety reasons” due to some fans throwing them at players, coaches, and other fans.

World Cup enthusiasts can get their own caxirola at Tucanos Brazilian Grill in a number of ways:

  • Entering a social media contest through Tucanos’ Facebook page
  • Attending viewing parties at your nearest Tucanos restaurant
  • Reserving carryout orders for special World Cup package meals
  • Participating in a youth Soccer Shoot-out on July 12
    (Promotions and special events may vary; caxirola giveaways while supplies last.) (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – New Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Opens in Missouri City

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 4, 2014) - Missouri City residents will soon have convenient access to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s leading emergency care capabilities.

The new state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center opens July 15 in the heart of Missouri City, at 8200 Highway 6 between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities. The center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

The 9,600-square-foot facility includes 10 private treatment rooms, full-service X-ray, CT, and ultrasound capabilities.

Most importantly, Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients, working alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff with extensive experience in emergency care.

“The new Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center gives Missouri City residents a first-class ER right in their own neighborhood,” says Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “Patients treated at the new center will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital if needed, along with personal assistance from patient representatives in scheduling necessary follow-up appointments.  And the center will accept all insurance plans that are in-network with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Leader Selected for Health Care Fellows Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 29, 2014) - The inaugural class of the Texas Hospital Association’s Leadership Fellows Program was recently announced in Austin and includes a local health care luminary.

Malisha Patel, Chief Operations Officer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, was one of 24 hospital executives selected for a year-long program designed to promote the professional development of health care leaders and position them to drive health care innovation. THA’s Leadership Fellows program brings together health care leaders from around the state for a focused study in becoming effective health care advocates for Texas hospitals and the communities they serve.

Malisha Patel

“We are proud of the role we play in serving the health care needs of Sugar Land and today we are proud to have Malisha Patel representing Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in THA’s Fellows program to ensure we are doing even more to influence the future of health care,” said Greg Haralson, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital CEO.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Next Level Urgent Care Opens New Clinic to Provide Affordable After-Hours Health Care in Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - Next Level Urgent Care recently opened its fourth Fort Bend County clinic in Long Meadow in Richmond, Texas, continuing its mission to provide a cost-effective alternative to emergency room care for a wide range of illnesses and injuries.

“Our clinic, which is located on FM 99 between West Belfort and Bellaire, provides an easily accessible location for people who need medical care quickly,” said Juliet Breeze, MD, Next Level Urgent Care CEO and Medical Director. “Most medical problems do not require an emergency room visit, we provide an alternative solution that can save patients time and money.”

“Our neighborhood clinics, which are designed around patient comfort, provide an alternative for the treatment of non-life threatening complaints that is faster and an average of six times less expensive than a trip to the emergency room,” Breeze added. “Costs vary depending on your plan, but typical copay with us is $25-$75, compared with $150-$500 for an emergency room. Additionally, we don’t charge uninsured patients more than $200 total for a single visit and that includes doctor’s fees, X-rays, stitches, and other services.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Marsters Family Recognizes Nursing Excellence at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 23, 2014) - After making so many trips to the hospital that their entire family was on a first-name basis with the staff, Frank H. and Linda Marsters, III, established the Marsters’ Nursing Excellence Award at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Created to recognize the quality, family-centered care received by their extended family, the Marsters presented the 2014 award to Lori Foster, B.S.N., during Nurses’ Week celebration at the hospital.

The couple’s tie to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land began more than 30 years ago. Raising adventurous twin boys and an asthmatic daughter in Quail Valley, the Marsters made frequent trips to what was then Fort Bend Hospital.

“When I say I raised two boys, I’m not kidding,” laughs Linda as she recalls broken bones, stitches, surgeries, and even one son who required a police search when he hid in the oven while playing hide-and-seek. “The hospital has such a family-like atmosphere that is also very professional, warm, and caring.”  (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Child Advocates of Fort Bend Receives Grant from Houston Endowment

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 23, 2014) - Child Advocates of Fort Bend was thrilled to receive a $100,000 grant from the Houston Endowment to be spread over two years for public awareness and age-specific programming. Community awareness of child abuse continues to be very low in Fort Bend County. Many in the community believe that abuse “doesn’t happen here,” particularly with all of the awards and recognition that Fort Bend County has received as one of the top places to live in the United States. Community outreach and education of adults, children, and those individuals who work directly with children is insufficient. Part of the grant will be used to address this issue by increasing awareness of Child Advocates of fort Bend through community outreach projects and educating health care professionals, educators, and childcare providers on signs and symptoms of abuse, their obligation to report abuse, how to report, internet safety for children, parental controls on social media, and what happens when a child is taken into custody in Fort Bend County, among other things. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – A Book Sale Benefiting Literacy Programs of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 22, 2014) - The Literacy Council of Fort Bend will host a summer buy one, get one free book sale beginning Monday, June 2, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 9:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. All profits from the summer buy one, get one free book sale support the free public programs available through The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Programs benefiting include: Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, GED preparation classes, and US citizenship preparation classes.

There will be a tremendous variety of books, both hardbacks for $1 and paperbacks for $.50, most in fabulous condition. Many look like they have never even been opened so they would make great (and inexpensive) gifts. Offered at the sale will be fiction, non-fiction, biographies, cookbooks, books on spirituality, kids’ books, summer reading books, puzzles, and more. The Literacy Council of Fort Bend accepts gently used book donations year-round, so please think of this organization if it’s time to winnow your collection or if you’re moving.

The summer buy one, get one free book sale will be held at The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land. For more information on the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, including area programs offered, please visit ftbendliteracy.org or call 281-240-8181.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Performs County’s First Hybrid Coronary Intervention

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 12th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 12, 2014) - A local resident is back to mowing his lawn after undergoing two different heart surgeries on the same day— a practice made possible by minimally invasive coronary intervention.

Two Houston Methodist Sugar Land physicians, Yassir Sonbol, M.D., an interventional cardiologist, and Uttam Tripathy, M.D., a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, were the first in Fort Bend County to perform a same day hybrid coronary intervention, which is a combination of percutaneous intervention and minimally invasive heart surgery. This allows the patient to have two different heart surgeries on the same day, thereby minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure.

John Strong called his primary care physician, Tayma Shaya, M.D. after experiencing chest pain, a heavy feeling in his chest and trouble walking. He had no previous history of heart problems but did have an elevated blood pressure at times.

Yassir Sonbol, M.D.; John Strong and Uttam Tripathy, M.D.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is Proud to be Part of Literacy Campaign

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 5, 2014) - Last week the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation released the “Houston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action.” The foundation’s plan to unite educators, government, and community programs – plus human and financial capital – in a mission of wiping out illiteracy is in line with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s mission. The plan includes targeted strategies and recommended actions intended to mobilize the community toward increasing literacy rates of people of all ages across Houston.

The foundation’s plan to unite educators, government, and community programs – plus human and financial capital – in a mission of wiping out illiteracy is just the kind of comprehensive approach required. The Literacy Council Executive Director, Kelli Metzenthin, was proud to be a part of one of the task force that developed the Blueprint to eliminate the high illiteracy rate in Fort Bend County. “It is an honor for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County to be included in this community plan. Houston is the first city in the nation to develop a plan to comprehensively combat illiteracy in our greater metropolitan community. Thank you to the Barbara Bush Houston Foundation for including Fort Bend County in the Blueprint.” To view the Blueprint visit bushhoustonliteracy.org.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Bike to Work/School Day Set for May 8

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 30, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land and Shape Up Fort Bend will hold the fourth annual Bike to Work Day and second annual Bike to School Day on Thursday, May 8.

The event – part of National Bike Month – begins at 7:30 a.m. at the South Meadow Pavilion at Sugar Land’s Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd., with vendors, giveaways, and music.

Riders will depart for Sugar Land Town Square at 8:15 a.m. The 4.2-mile ride will take riders down University Boulevard to Fort Settlement Middle School, Elkins Road, Sweetwater Boulevard, and Lexington Boulevard.

Sugar Land’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan identifies a vision for “Superior Mobility.”  Participation in National Bike Month is a component of supporting transportation choices and healthy, active lifestyles.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Agents Hear Sotheby’s International Realty Director of Education

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 15th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 15, 2014) – Victoria Macdonald, Director of Education for Sotheby’s International Realty, was the main speaker at the Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty sales meeting held January 14 in the company’s offices at 50 Briar Hollow Lane.

Based in New York City, Macdonald supports both the business development of Sotheby’s agents nationwide and the learning needs of staff through a curriculum that includes client service, sales and negotiating techniques, and the use of brand offerings and technology tools.

Macdonald has more than 20 years of experience in corporate-based adult learning in the luxury arena. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, she served as Director – Global Education for Tiffany & Co. Previous to her post at Tiffany’s, Macdonald managed corporate learning and development for BMW.

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Fort Bend Education Foundation to Benefit from Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa Party

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 04th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 4, 2013) ― Let Sugar Land’s Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa pamper you on Sunday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Make a donation to the Fort Bend Education Foundation of $10 and you will receive one of the following for free: mini facial, mini massage, hot towel foot treatment, hot towel hand treatment, peppermint scalp massage, mini cold stone face massage or aromatherapy.

Katy, TX

Shelbie Farquar, Preet Munday, Terri Wang, FBEF VP of Community Affairs, Rafael Marquez; Owner, Peggy Jackson, FBEF Board Member Randi Henson, and Morghann Milburn

Additional mini spa services available for $10 each. Snacks and beverages will be served, along with games and prizes and introductory memberships specials. Additionally 10% of all other retail sales will be donated to the Foundation. Space is limited. Reserve your space today by calling 281-265-0065.

Jazzercise Raises $2100 for Fort Bend County Women’s Center

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 08th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 8, 2013) Sugar Land Jazzercisers raised $2100 for Fort Bend County Women’s Center by staging a Beach Party benefit dance-fitness class.  According to Jazzercise instructor and benefit organizer Gi Gi Horrell, Fort Bend County Women’s Center will use the donations for housing and assisting women and their children in need of emergency shelter and services after surviving domestic violence.

Sugar Land Unveils New City App

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 03rd 2013

Sugar Land, TX – (September 3, 2013) – “My SL” is the City of Sugar Land’s official new mobile app.

It is available for both iOS (via App Store) and Android (GooglePlay) platforms at www.sugarlandtx.gov/apps.

The app provides a connection between the City and its citizens and visitors. Whether a resident or visitor, “My SL” delivers access to community news, events and emergency alerts.

SL App

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Fluor makes Back to School special for Hunters Glen Elementary Students

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 28th 2013

Fort Bend (August 28, 2013) - Back to school was made extra special for the students at Hunters Glen Elementary School. Each student received a new backpack filled with school supplies, courtesy of the Fluor Corporation. Fluor Cares, the employee volunteer program, sponsors a school supply drive each summer, collecting supplies (such as notebooks, crayons, rulers and glue) for students in grades PreK through fifth.

 

Fluor Cares volunteers are shown distributing backpacks to students at Hunters Glen Elementary School.

Fluor Cares volunteers are shown distributing backpacks to students at Hunters Glen Elementary School.

 

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A Ride for the Cure

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

On Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st, Martha Turner Properties sales associates, staff, families, and friends rode in the BP MS 150 bicycle race from Houston to Austin. The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star, and is the largest event of its kind in North America. Ashton Martini, MTP sales associate and team captain, and Terri Lemons, the MTP director of community outreach, organized and coordinated training, equipment and accommodations for the team and volunteer support staff. Most of the riders were new to endurance cycling.

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Fort Bend Continues National Job Growth Trend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

The Greater Houston region continues to lead national job growth trends, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties are among the top 10 in the nation for rate of employment growth (Sept. 2011 – Sept. 2012). The BLS report lists Harris County, which includes the City of Houston, as second in the U.S. in absolute employment growth during the same time period.

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Sugar Land Native Dr. Vincent Wang Joins Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

Dr. Vincent Wang has joined the staff at Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center, located on the campus of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  He will also serve on the medical staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

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Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Hispanic Business Division Holds Development Breakfast

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Hispanic Business Division held a network development breakfast at Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg. For information about the Hispanic Business Division, contact Shannan at sstavinoha@cfbca.org or 281-342-5464.

 Tony Francis, Alicia Casias Nationwide Agency; Liz Moreno, Fort Bend Women’s Center;

Jennifer DeDear, Servpro of West Fort Bend County, and Cathy Pitts,

SIG McDonald & Wessendorff Insurance.

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LEADERSHIP TRANSITION ANNOUNCED BY THE GEORGE FOUNDATION

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 01st 2013

The George Foundation Trustees announce the retirement, effective May 1, 2013, of longtime Executive Director, Roland Adamson, and has recruited Roger Adamson to fill the open position of Chief Executive Officer.

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Methodist patient gets an uplifting visit

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 27th 2013

Malcolm Host received a powerful pick-me-up when he received a visit in the hospital by his dog, Chai, a 6 year old toy poodle. Chai’s trip to the hospital was the first personal pet visit at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH), facilitated by PAWS Houston. Typically, pet therapy involves the use of animals that do not belong to the patients.

“This is wonderful of MSLH to coordinate this visit. To me, having her here makes all the difference in the world,” Host said, as he stroked his dog’s ears.

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Oyster Creek Manor Welcomed to Missouri City Community

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 20th 2012

On behalf of City Council, Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen welcomed Oyster Creek Manor to the community at the October building dedication for the assisted living and memory care facility. The building is the first phase in a project created by Wallace Bajjali Development Partners.

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Aetna Foundation Supports YMCA Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 15th 2012

At a recent presentation at the Fort Bend YMCA, it was announced that the YMCA would be a recipient of a $25,000 grant for the YMCA’s After School and Outreach Health Enhancement program.  During the presentation, Maria Mendez, Mid-America West Regional Director for Aetna, presented YMCA Group Executive Director, Eric Schenkelberg, with a check for $25,000.  “Aetna is proud to be supporting the YMCA in their endeavors to make this community’s youth healthier,” stated Maria Mendez of Aetna.

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Missouri City Hosts Chinese Officials

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 25th 2012

Chinese officials from Ningbo, China, hosted by the University of Houston’s  Center for Public Policy, recently visited Missouri City to learn about local government and economic development. Mayor Allen Owen and City Council  Members, Councilman Floyd Emery and Councilman Danny Nguyen met with the group.

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FBJSL Celebrates Success With Encore Party

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 22nd 2012

To celebrate another successful Sugar Plum Market and to recognize its sponsors, the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL), together with 2011 Sugar Plum Market title sponsor, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, will host an Encore Party in December at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

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Stadia Sports Grill Coming Soon to Sugar Land Town Square

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 25th 2011

Planned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD) announced today that Stadia Sports Grill will soon be added to the ever-growing list of tenants at Sugar Land Town Square. The sports-themed family restaurant will offer an extensive menu featuring a variety of appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches, soups and entrees. (more…)

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