Woodlands Business News June 2012
Gary Mueck, M.D., a board-certified family medicine physician, has joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group on the Campus of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands.
A graduate of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Dr. Mueck completed his training in family medicine at Memorial Hermann Southwest Family Medicine Residency Program. He has practiced medicine in The Woodlands for 18 years and is actively involved in the community as a physician for The Woodlands Christian Academy football team. He also volunteers his time to care for patients at the Interfaith Community Clinic.
Dr. Mueck has special interests in wellness and preventive medicine as well as sports medicine. He enjoys teaming up with patients to develop and coordinate their health plans and manage their health issues.
Bill Voss, principal of the Voss Law Center, who was recently featured on NBC News for his class-action suit against Ft. Hood National Bank, has been selected by Newsweek magazine for both “A Top Attorney in the Country” and as a “Texas Top Attorney.” This selection follows Texas Monthly’s 2012 Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” nomination, which is a prestigious peer recognition for Voss’ high-degree of professional achievement. Voss has also been recognized in Forbes Inc. 500 and H Texas magazines.
Six Memorial Hermann hospitals earned the distinguished recognition of being named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
This is the fourth time Memorial Hermann Northwest, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands hospitals have been recognized with this honor. Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital have made the list two times. Additionally, Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital have been recognized in the past.
“Protecting the health and safety of all of our patients, visitors, and staff is not a goal – it’s our core value and culture,” said M. Michael Shabot, M.D., system chief medical officer for Memorial Hermann. “The culture of a high reliability organization is 100 percent performance on quality measures, zero safety incidents and excellent patient outcomes. These six hospitals, their physicians and staffs earned this award by practicing high reliability, evidence-based care and achieving great measured results. Avoidance of hospital acquired infections and near perfect performance on all state and federal quality measures has yielded tremendous benefits for our patients.”
Ridership on the newly restored Waterway Cruisers is up 64 percent from last year, according to The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau. During the first quarter of 2012, 8,299 passengers boarded the cruisers compared to more than 5,000 passengers during the same time period last year.
“The Waterway Cruisers remain one of The Woodlands’ most distinguishing amenities, particularly among those who visit the community to shop, dine or stay for the weekend,” says Nelda Blair, chairman of The Woodlands CVB.
Each of the Waterway Cruisers was completely restored in late 2011 and early 2012, including the interior and exterior refurbishment of each boat.
Also new in 2012 was the introduction of catering services and private charters on board “The Dreamer,” where groups can enjoy a seated dinner for up to 20 or appetizers and cocktails for up to 35 from Landry’s Restaurants as they travel along The Waterway’s 1.4-mile long corridor. Special cruises are designed in conjunction with community events and festivals.
Cherry Creek Mortgage Company announces its newest Market Street branch location. The firm has expanded and moved into space at the North Commons at Market Street – on the third floor above Sur La Table.
The new space not only helps provide a unique and personalized client experience but also helps accommodate the hiring of two top-producing residential mortgage loan originators. Bob Earl and Sue Gold recently joined Cherry Creek Mortgage from the local mortgage division of Woodforest National Bank.
“Over the past two years our local firm has experienced tremendous growth in the purchase-based mortgage business and has built a solid reputation based on providing the highest standard of personalized customer service during and after the loan process,” said branch manager Jason Higham.
The LEGO® Store at The Woodlands Mall has opened. LEGO® stores feature an assortment of product covering nearly every square inch of space and each store features three key design components. The “Pick-A-Brick Wall,” by far the most popular store feature, offers the option to hand pick and purchase specific LEGO® bricks and elements in a variety of colors and shapes in bulk. The “Living Room” is an interactive play area prominently positioned in the center of the store, giving consumers a chance to get “hands-on, minds-on” with LEGO® products. Finally, a “Brand Ribbon” runs the circumference of the store, featuring LEGO® model displays, company history and fun facts to entertain guests.
Building on their tradition of charitable service in the Houston area, the Remodelors Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association renovated the Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) facility in southwest Houston.Under the leadership of Tom Pellegrin with Third Coast Builders and Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting, the Council transformed the entire facility, which sustained water damage and general wear and tear over 22 years. The renovation included new exterior siding and lighting, acoustic ceiling tile replacement, new sinks and faucets, window glazing, concrete and sheetrock work, interior and exterior paint, countertops, a room addition and exterior cleaning.
“It is incredibly rewarding to have the opportunity to share the time and talents of our Council members to support worthy organizations such as ECHOS,” says John Gillette, president of the Remodelors Council. “As a part of the Greater Houston Builders Association, the members of the Remodelors Council believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which we live and work.”
The mission of ECHOS, a nonprofit organization founded in 1999, is to assist individuals in need of medical and social services. They provide on-site medical screening, support and intervention services and referrals to various community service providers.
Previous Remodelors Council charity projects have included the SEARCH House of Tiny Treasures, Habitat for Humanity, the Santa Maria Hostel/Operation Independence (working with HomeAid Houston), and SIRE equestrian therapeutic centers.
The Remodelors Council thanks the volunteers who donated their time and the GHBA member companies who donated services and materials including Sherwin Williams, Westheimer Plumbing, Ferguson, A-Plus Glass, and Colt Industries.