The Woodlands Business January 2017
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Adopts Advanced Technology For Breast Cancer
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is demonstrating its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer, even before the opening of the hospital, by having the first breast surgical oncologist in The Woodlands and northern region to use the new SAVI SCOUT® radar localization system during breast conservation surgeries. An alternative to wire localization, SCOUT is an FDA-cleared device used by surgeons and radiologists to precisely locate and direct the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure.
“Breast cancer surgery can be physically and emotionally distressing for women, and we strive to find ways to improve outcomes and create a better experience for our patients,” said Dr. Loren Rourke, breast surgical oncologist and Houston Methodist regional breast program director. “SCOUT resolves one of the most difficult aspects of breast conservation surgery by eliminating the need to place a wire inside breast tissue to locate a tumor.”
SCOUT uses non-radioactive, micro impulse radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire immediately before surgery, a SCOUT reflector is placed in the target tissue up to 30 days prior to surgery. During surgery, the SCOUT hand piece accurately detects the location of the reflector and the tumor.
The ability to precisely locate and direct the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure enables surgeons to increase the probability of complete cancer removal and reduce the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries – a huge advantage for early-stage breast cancer patients. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in less tissue being removed during surgery, resulting in better cosmetic outcomes.
“We are proud to have the first breast surgical oncologist in the northern region to use the new SCOUT breast localization and surgical guidance system during breast conservation surgeries,” said Debbie Sukin, chief executive officer, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and regional senior vice president, Houston Methodist.
Dr. Rourke’s office is in Medical Office Building 1 (MOB 1), Suite 330, located at 17183 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, on the Houston Methodist The Woodlands campus. For appointments, call 936-270-3655.
Caldwell Companies Hires Ray Laughter As Vice President Of Business Development
Caldwell Companies has named Ray Laughter as the company’s Vice President of Business Development. In this position, Laughter will focus on Caldwell’s commercial development services and partnership opportunities with Texas communities.
“Laughter brings tremendous economic development expertise to our firm and our clients,” said Fred Caldwell, CEO of Caldwell Companies. “His long history of being a catalyst for growth throughout the northwest, north and northeast region of Houston reflects Ray’s passion for working with businesses and community leaders.”
Laughter joins Caldwell Companies from the Lone Star College System, where he worked for nearly 30 years. He most recently served as the school’s vice-chancellor for external affairs. In the Lone Star College System, he was also responsible for marketing and communications, government affairs, the office of public records and community, and economic development partnerships and programs.
Laughter’s primary focus as Vice President of Business Development will be to partner with Texas communities to develop office and industrial buildings, and diverse infrastructures, to attract and retain businesses.
Laughter has also sat on more than 15 board of directors or advisory councils and currently serves on the the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, is the 2017 Chair for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on the board for the Klein ISD Foundation. Laughter also volunteers on the board for the Pearl Museum of Fine Arts and the WINGS Foundation, a faith-based program providing support and job training to incarcerated and abused women.
“I am excited to join the Caldwell Companies team,” said Laughter. “They are unique in the real estate development industry, with all the resources to truly provide comprehensive business services to their clients.”
Planet Lincoln Receives 2016 Best Of Spring Award
Planet Lincoln has been selected for the 2016 Best of Spring Award in the Auto Dealers category by the Spring Award Program. Each year, the Spring Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Spring area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Spring Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Spring Award Program and data provided by third parties.
The Spring Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Spring area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Spring Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in the community. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
Township’s National Night Out Program Earns No. 1 Ranking
The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch recently placed No. 1 in the state of Texas and No. 2 in the nation for its 2016 National Night Out (NNO) programming. In the national competition, the Township was entered in Category 2, Population 100,000 to 300,000. The Township’s high rankings for both entries can be attributed to an outstanding team effort among the Township staff, public safety partners and residents. Township Program Coordinator Kristin Pternitis oversees the NNO program. Township Program Coordinator Sue Martin produces the NNO Community Safety Expo. The entire township Neighborhood Watch team works with Neighborhood Watch volunteers to host NNO parties throughout The Woodlands.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office- District 6, Harris County Constable’s Office- Precinct 4 and The Woodlands Fire Department are the public safety partners that provide an essential part of all the Neighborhood Watch programming. “The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out are a shining example of the police-community partnerships fostered in The Woodlands,” said Marian Leck, Township Director of Law Enforcement.
The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch provides award-winning crime prevention programming to all neighborhoods in The Woodlands. “For over 25 years,The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch has celebrated National Night Out and continues to strengthen crime prevention initiatives throughout the community,” said John Powers, Township Assistant General Manager, Community Services.
Neighborhood Watch programming is tailored to the needs of neighborhoods, apartments, senior complexes, businesses, parks and school campuses to help prevent crime. A variety of topic-specific presentations are given in neighborhoods, at civic organizations, PTO/PTAs, churches, businesses and other gatherings throughout The Woodlands.
Visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/neighborhood watch for more information.
TWACOC Holds Business After Hours Event
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce (TWACOC) held its monthly Business After Hours event on Oct. 11 at Holiday Inn & Suites – Shenandoah at 19333 David Memorial Drive in Shenandoah.
This monthly event attracted 107 Chamber members and guests. Attendees had the opportunity to network, learn more about the host, Holiday Inn & Suites, and raffle off door prizes. “The Holiday Inn & Suites in Shenandoah opened just last year and is excellent proximity to the CISD Natatorium, shopping and more,” said Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership for TWACOC.
The next Business After Hours will be held on the second Tuesday of the month. Hosts are selected by lottery twice a year. For more information on hosting, contact the Chamber Membership Department at 281-367-5777. See WoodlandsChamber.org for a full calendar of Chamber events.
Woodlands Christian Names Patty Bruha New Lower School Associate Principal
The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA) has conducted an extensive, nationwide search to identify the best person to lead its lower school. TWCA has announced that Interim Associate Principal, Patty Bruha, has accepted the position as Lower School Associate Principal.
Bruha joined Woodlands Christian 18 months ago as an educational diagnostician in the Office of Enrollment. She has embraced the mission of The Woodlands Christian Academy and exuded a passion for teaching, learning and communicating. Her enthusiasm for education is contagious.
Bruha has taught elementary and middle school students in both public and private school settings. She also brings extensive management experience to her new role. Bruha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Louisiana and a master’s degree in special education with certification as an educational diagnostician from Sam Houston State University. Bruha and her family are active members of The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
The Woodlands Christian Academy is an independent, college preparatory school serving students in PreK -12th grade. For additional information, visit twca.net.
Executives From Area Companies Raise The Walls On Home For Single Mother
Executives and representatives from organizations including Halliburton, Anadarko, Cheniere Energy, Woodforest National Bank, Pisula Development, Savills Studley and Top Golf recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TX (HabitatMCTX) to raise the walls on a home for Michelle Flores, a preschool teacher who is a single mom. Among them were also long-time supporters of the HabitatMCTX Dreambuilders Giving Society.
Flores had struggled for two years to “land on her feet” since her divorce, when she found herself entering the workforce for the first time and having to figure it all out on her own. Two years later, she finds herself in the company of people who are giving back by helping her raise the walls on her new home. The team of 20 people worked quickly and efficiently to frame the two-bedroom home. During lunch they learned more about Habitat’s mission and the different ways to get involved with such a worthy cause.
In addition to the corporate representatives, HabitatMCTX “Dreambuilders” were also invited to participate in this event. Dreambuilders are individuals and families who give $1,000 or more to HabitatMCTX throughout the year. As a member of the Dreambuilders Giving Society, benefits include invitations to exclusive events throughout the year as well as opportunities to experience the transformation of families who are working to see their dreams realized.
HabitatMCTX is a self-funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). Visit habitatmctx.org for more details.
Market Street Donates More Than $3,200 To Bikers Against Child Abuse
As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $3,200 to Bikers Against Child Abuse.
The funds were raised by Market Street patrons during the third quarter of 2016 and will assist the organization, which works in conjunction with local and state officials to create a safer environment for abused children.
Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons have raised more than $100,000 for local charities. Four Montgomery County organizations are selected each year to receive a percentage of the funds collected from Market Street’s 68 parking meters during a three-month period.