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The Woodlands Business December 2017


Representatives from Woodforest, Blake Wilcox Properties and StoneBridge Food Pantry were on hand to celebrate a $750 donation to the food pantry, made through The Grant program.

‹Johnson Development Communities Donate to StoneBridge Pantry

The north Houston communities of Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park in Conroe, Harmony in Spring and Woodforest in Montgomery – are taking steps toward making the holidays brighter for those in need with a $750 donation to StoneBridge Pantry.

The charity was awarded the donation to its annual Give Thanks fundraiser through The Grant program, an ongoing charitable campaign Johnson launched in July.

Through the program, the communities take applications from Realtors to award grants of money or time to a favorite charity. Monetary grants are up to $750 and the donations of time are up to six hours. The grants are given each quarter.

“The response from Realtors to The Grant program has been very gratifying,” said Faith Pitman, realtor relations director and Marketing Manager for Johnson Develop­ment. “We received a number of nominations, but Stonebridge Pantry stood out for the excellent work they did in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It depleted their supplies, which they are going to need as the holiday season approaches.”

Emily Wilcox with Blake Wilcox Proper­ties nominated the StoneBridge Pantry, a Mont­gomery County food pantry that provides food items and basic necessities to those in need. The real estate agency sponsored the Give Thanks fundraiser, which took place Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Each year, the weekend event kicks off with a golf tournament followed by a silent auction and family-friendly activities.

Applications are being taken now for the next grant, which will be awarded in December. For more information, visit johnsondevelopment.com/thegrant.


‹Montgomery County Saves Nearly $700,000 Through Pharmacy Contract Negotiation

County Judge Craig Doyal said recent negotiations over its pharmacy services contract lead by the county’s Risk Management and Purchasing department heads will yield nearly $700,000 in savings over the course of a year, based on current claims and the additional value that the company, MaxorPlus, Ltd. delivered.

“This is an outstanding example of the value we want our department heads to provide to our county government, its taxpayers, and our employees,” Doyal said. “One of my major goals in taking office was to ensure the county departments that report to this office are operating efficiently and effectively.”

The revised contract agreement, effective Jan. 1 with Maxorplus, Ltd., was approved by Commissioners Court Oct. 24.

County Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo and Director of Risk Management Virginia Little worked together to negotiate the revisions to the contract in order to reduce the county’s costs on its pharmacy services plan. The savings come from changes to the county’s rebate program and deeper discounts and lower dispense fees on medications.

Little said the changes will help slow overall costs even as the number of county employees increases.



(L-R): Martha Gros, Lorrie Parise, Lona Shipp, Kim Phillips and Kristina Dorchak, all with the marketing departments at The Woodlands and Bridgeland, and Tim Welbes (second from right), co-president, The Wood­lands Development Company.

(L-R): Martha Gros, Lorrie Parise, Lona Shipp, Kim Phillips and Kristina Dorchak, all with the marketing departments at The Woodlands and Bridgeland, and Tim Welbes (second from right), co-president, The Wood­lands Development Company.

‹The Woodlands and Bridgeland Take Five Awards at 2017 Houston’s Best Prism Awards

The Woodlands and Bridgeland, two award-winning master planned communities developed by The Howard Hughes Corpora­tion, won a combined five awards at the 2017 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards.

The Woodlands won awards for Humani­tarian of the Year and Print Advertisement for “Star Spangled Salute at Liberty Branch.” Bridgeland took home PRISM awards for Landscape Design of the Year, Billboard of the Year (Event Category) and Realtor of the Year (The Lippincott Team). In addition to the five wins, The Woodlands and Bridgeland were named finalists in five categories.

The PRISM awards are the latest in a series of wins for the communities this year. In August, The Wood­lands and Bridgeland had a combined seven wins at the 2017 Texas Association of Builders (TAB) Star Awards in Dallas. Also in August, The Texas Nursery Landscape Association (TNLA) presented Bridgeland with the Gold Award for its innovative Tree­house Park amenity during the 2017 TNLA Awards in Dallas. Last spring, The Howard Hughes Corporation received an Innovation Award for One Lakes Edge, a luxury multifamily development in Hughes Land­ing in The Wood­lands, from the Univer­sity of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business.

The awards also come as Bridgeland, which has won TAB’s Grand Award for “Developer of the Year” three times (2010, 2011 and 2016), introduces Parkland Village, which will carry forward Bridgeland’s focus on community and neighborhood connections, locating a park no more than a quarter-mile from every home in the community. The Howard Hughes Corporation also recently announced The Woodlands Hills, a new 2,000-acre development in Conroe and Willis, 13 miles north of The Woodlands.



Highland Homes has opened a new model home in Woodforest, a master-planned community in South Montgomery County.

Highland Homes has opened a new model home in Woodforest, a master-planned community in South Montgomery County.

‹Woodforest Welcomes New Highland Homes Model

An ever-expanding Woodforest master-planned community recently welcomed a new model home by builder Highland Homes to its Emory Birch neighborhood.

Highland is the exclusive builder in Emory Birch. The new model showcases 11 designs for homes priced from the $210,000s with up to five bedrooms, open-concept common areas and options for extended outdoor living areas and additional garage bays.

Fifty-eight homesites are available in the enclave, with four quick move-in homes ready in December.

“Woodforest is continuing to grow,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “In addition to our newest model home, we’ve added new builders, opened several new neighborhoods and increased our range of amenities to include a new fitness pool at our Forest Island Recreation Complex and the opening of the Stampede Sportsplex. We also have more commercial development in the works.”

For more information about Woodforest, visit woodforesttx.com.



World’s smallest pacemaker is the size of a vitamin.

World’s smallest pacemaker is the size of a vitamin.

‹Houston Methodist TW brings World’s Smallest Pacemaker to Montgomery County

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is the first community hospital in the Houston region to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker into a patient with bradycardia, a condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm.

The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device which provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. This new device, approved for Medicare reimbursement, is the first and only pacemaker to be approved for both 1.5 and 3 Tesla (T) full-body MRI scans and is designed to allow patients to be followed by their physicians by sending data to the physicians remotely. The hospital’s first procedure was performed by Drs. Rajesh Venkataraman and Ramesh Hariharan in August. Today, Venkataraman has performed five of these procedures at the hospital.

The new device is the size of a vitamin and, unlike other pacemakers, does not require cardiac wires (leads) or a surgical “pocket” under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy.

“The smaller pacemaker allows no restrictions on what patients can or cannot do,” said Venkataraman.



‹Judge Doyal Testifies on Harvey Flooding at Senate State Affairs Committee

County Judge Craig Doyal, in testimony before the Texas State Affairs Committee on Oct. 25, asked the state to remain a partner in funding projects like a current study of flood conditions and perhaps providing flood buyout funds up front to help speed assistance to residents.

Doyal, who was invited to testify as part of a panel of area county judges, mentioned a current study involving Montgomery County, the Texas Water Development Board and local partners that ultimately will provide improved, advanced flood notifications to residents.

“We need to do better in telling people exactly what kind of flooding we can anticipate at their home,” Doyal said, and so the study is intended to reliably predict flood depths and provide some advance warning accurately.

The study involves building better flood modeling, expanding the network of river gauges, and creating an improved flooding notification program. Phase I is underway and includes Lake Conroe and the upper portion of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Phase II – which the county will pursue next year – would expand the study to the rest of Montgomery County’s watersheds.

The judge also told the committee that the county had requested federal assistance for a comprehensive study that would go beyond flood notifications to look at potential flood mitigation projects, such as reservoirs that could help reduce downstream flooding.

“Every single one of the drainage basins in Montgomery County drains to the southeast,” Doyal said. “We have to find ways to mitigate some of the effects of those creeks so we don’t have such a tremendous impact on our residents.”

Doyal also asked the state to consider ways to help advance flood buyout funding more quickly, rather than forcing residents to wait 12-18 months for FEMA buyouts.

“We’ve tried very diligently to reduce our tax burden at the request of the state and our taxpayers, so there are not funds available from us, and a lot of residents are in a position of not knowing what to do,” Doyal said. “I’d like the state to consider some pre-funding.”

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