The Woodlands Business April 2016
HOUSTON METHODIST AT THE WOODLANDS OPENS BREAST CARE CENTER
The Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands opened recently with medicine-leading technology and highly trained specialists in breast cancer detection and treatment.
Developed as a spa-like environment to create a serene and nurturing experience, the Breast Care Center is located in the new six-story, 150,000-square-foot Houston Methodist Hospital Medical Office Building 1, adjacent to the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. The hospital is under construction and scheduled to open in 2017.
The center features advanced 3-D mammography technology using low-dose radiation known as tomosynthesis. 3-D mammography takes cross-sectional X-ray images of the entire breast from multiple angles, which allows physicians to look through the tissue. Access to clearer images improves early detection of invasive breast cancers by providing more accurate images than standard 2-D mammography, reducing the need for additional imaging.
This innovative 3-D mammography system is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Magda Ghobashy, M.D., a board-certified radiologist and fellowship-trained in breast mammography, serves as medical director of the Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands. Ghobashy works closely with breast surgical oncologist Loren Rourke, M.D., FACS, Houston Methodist Regional Breast Program Director, who is also fellowship-trained in breast surgery.
“While a regular 2-D mammogram shows a single view across the entire breast our state-of-the-art 3-D digital imaging technology enables us to see ‘inside’ the breast, reducing or eliminating the problems caused by dense tissue overlapping,” Ghobashy said. “This helps physicians detect smaller tumors sooner at the earliest stages of breast cancer and arrange clinical intervention when needed. This is important because we know that the earlier treatment begins, the higher the survival rate.”
Debbie Sukin, Ph.D., Houston Methodist regional senior vice president and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, said the center provides the highest level of treatment options with a cohesive breast care team that includes breast radiology, breast surgery, plastic surgery, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and navigation to provide a seamless patient experience.
“The patient-centered approach of our breast care team and state-of-the-art technology is leading medicine in The Woodlands,” Sukin said. “At Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands, you can take comfort knowing that only board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists dedicated full-time to breast care will read your mammo- grams. Our team stands ready to provide care for the entire patient and family, offering numerous programs for emotional and spiritual health.”
For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/thewoodlands.
CONROE ISD ONE OF NINE DISTRICTS NAMED TO TEXAS HONOR ROLL
Conroe ISD was selected by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) as one of nine public school districts in Texas to receive the title of 2015 Honor Roll District.
The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools districts and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Districts receive this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities by consistently demonstrating high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
“The connection between economic and educational productivity is very real and critically important,” says Charles Miller, chairman of the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). “Shining a light on schools that work is a great first step, but we must also learn more about their financial data if we want the biggest bang for our education buck. With accurate academic and financial data, Texas can build a system that rewards productivity by giving schools the flexibility to reallocate resources for maximum student benefit. The Honor Roll is a powerful start.”
In addition to the District being named to the Texas Honor Roll, the following 17 Conroe ISD campuses were recognized as Honor Roll Schools: Buckalew Elementary School, Bush Elementary School, Collins Intermediate, David Elementary School, Deretchin Elementary School, Ford Elementary School, Galatas Elementary School, Giesinger Elementary School, Hailey Elementary School, Irons Junior High, McCullough Junior High, Mitchell Intermediate, Oak Ridge Elementary School, Powell Elementary School, Tough Elementary School, Vogel Intermediate, and Wilkinson Elementary School.
A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found at edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX.
CONROE ISD RECEIVES REBATE ON ENERGY SAVINGS
As a result of increasing energy efficiency, Conroe ISD was awarded a $57,000 incentive check from Entergy Texas at the February Board of Trustees Meeting. Phillip Lanier, administrator of commercial energy efficiency programs, presented the check to the district and elaborated on several of the energy savings practices implemented by CISD such as adjusting the cooling temperature in server rooms and making changes that resulted in more unoccupied buildings in the summer requiring less energy usage.
The SCORE Program helps organizations save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on energy savings. As a part of a new SCORE Program offering, the program is educating participants on simple, behavioral changes they can make to achieve energy savings.
The behavioral changes implemented by CISD will save 5,444,766 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equal to eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 422,464 gallons of gasoline, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations. “We’re proud to serve as an energy-efficient role model in the community,” said Roger Garvey, energy manager for CISD.
“The school district has made deep commitments to energy efficiency at the highest level of management, and the behavioral changes were embraced by teachers and students who helped make this effort a success,” said Lanier.
UNITED WAY OF GREATER HOUSTON AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY UNITED WAY AGREE TO MERGE
The Montgomery County United Way and United Way of Greater Houston merged to create one regional United Way on March 1. The merger, supported by the organizations’ respective boards of trustees, was approved by donors of each United Way at separate meetings held in Montgomery County and in Houston.
Leaders from both United Ways cite several reasons for the merger. Chief among them is the ability to serve more people more efficiently by making greater use of the strengths and resources of each organization. Recognizing the region’s dynamic growth, the merger also creates greater convenience for donors, many of whom live in one county and work in another, and are looking for a seamless way to support the quality of life throughout the area.
BROKEN BARREL COMING TO HUGHES LANDING ON LAKE WOODLANDS
Broken Barrel has signed a 3,483-square-foot lease for its wine bar featuring tapas and small plates at Hughes Landing, a 66-acre mixed-used development overlooking Lake Woodlands. Broken Barrel is a family-owned business and will make its debut into the Houston area by opening its first location in The Woodlands.
Located on the ground level of One Lakes Edge, construction will begin on Broken Barrel in late April with an expected completion date slated for June. The large outdoor patio will overlook Lake Woodlands and is adjacent to the sculpture “Wind Waves,” one of the many pieces of outdoor artwork at Hughes Landing.
Broken Barrel will offer its guests small plates paired with craft cocktails and wine. The menu also includes main dishes, boards of cheeses and charcuterie and a selection of homemade desserts. The wine menu features 20-plus wines by the glass and 10 signature craft cocktails. The wine selections are from a diverse variety of worldwide vineyards.
“We are extremely excited to be part of Hughes Landing, which is the newest and trendiest place around,” said Hilda Ysusi, one of the managing partners, which also includes Joaquin Valle and Josh Cundy.