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Woodlands Business News June 2010


Debra Sukin

Debra F. Sukin, CEO, St. Luke’s The Wood­lands Hospital and St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital, and group vice president, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, received the Regent’s Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sukin joined the St. Luke’s family in 2002 as assistant vice president of Support Services, where she assembled a management team and hired the 250 employees who opened St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital. Before being appointed chief executive officer in February 2006, she served as chief operating officer.
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Sherry Morris-Imhoff

Sherry Morris-Imhoff, art teacher at The Woodlands Preparatory School, received the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library’s 2010 Outstanding Educator Award, presented by former first lady Barbara Bush.
Morris-Imhoff spent countless hours with students before and after school encouraging and assisting them with their art. She was recognized for her dedication, inspiration and encouragement. Morris-Imhoff is a former Teacher of the Year award winner in both Willis ISD and Caney Creek ISD.
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Holly Gruy

Holly Gruy has been named vice president of operations by the South Montgomery County Woodlands Economic Development Partnership.

According to Gil Staley, CEO, “Holly’s primary responsibilities will include managing the day-to-day operations and administrative needs for the organization. She will also focus on creating and implementing new procedures to assist the organization in achieving its goals. Holly has been a key part of our success, and EDP is thrilled to promote her to this very important position.”
The South Montgomery County Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, a division of the Chamber of  Commerce, is responsible for business recruitment and retention for the South Montgomery area, which includes Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North and The Woodlands.

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Steve Sanders

Steve Sanders, CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, is the recipient of  the 2010 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award, given annually to one person from each state by the AHA in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association.

Sanders was named CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital in April 1994 with added responsibility as North Market leader in 2009. He has been with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System since 1982, serving as the vice president/CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and as vice president of Memorial Health Ventures.

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Woodforest

Woodforest, a project of the Johnson Development Corp., officially opened its doors to the public in April. A 3,000-acre master-planned community located five miles north of The Woodlands, Woodforest surrounds the 27-hole Woodforest Golf Club and is conveniently located to entertainment and shopping in South Montgomery County, The Woodlands and Lake Conroe.

“We’ve had a great first quarter, in terms of both the number of people visiting the community and the number of homes sold,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Wood­forest. Homes are priced from the $190,000s by builders D.R. Horton, Highland Homes, Pulte Homes, Plantation Homes and Newmark Homes. Custom builders are Jeff Paul Custom Homes, Meadowlark Homes and George Weaver Inc.The Woodforest Welcome Lodge is located at 101 Elk Trace Parkway.


(L-R, back row) Texas Rush Coach Stuart Fitzsimons and players Gina Valderrama, Abigail Janszen, Emily Ledbetter, Katelyn Bouthillette; (front row) Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine staff Susan Romero, Earnie Solomon, Lynsie Argenti and Josh Scott.

Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine in The Woodlands and Texas Rush Soccer Club have renewed a special partnership that benefits the club’s 2,000-plus soccer players ages 4 to 18 in the north Harris and Montgomery County areas. During the 2010 season, Memorial Hermann will continue to serve as the preferred medical provider for Texas Rush Soccer Club participants and their families, providing benefits such as: quality medical care for athletic injuries will be available through Memorial Hermann physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

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(L-R) Mike Karlins, Neil Warma, Helen Park, Jeff Harder and Robert Collins.

The Economic Development Partnership held its Quarterly Partner Luncheon at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. The luncheon topic was an update on the life science sector in South Montgomery County.  Guest speakers were Helen Park, CEO of Power3 Medical Products; Joseph Podolski, president and CEO of Repros Therapeutics; Dr. Arthur Sands, president and CEO of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals; and Neil Warma, president and CEO of Opexa Therapeutics.


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