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Cy-Fair Business January 2018

| February 1, 2018

Hospital staff held a holiday-themed pet therapy “kickoff” party in December.

Hospital staff held a holiday-themed pet therapy “kickoff” party in December.


Modeled after successful pet therapy programs across the Memorial Hermann Health System, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital now offers pet therapy visits to patients.

“We have seen the calming and positive impact the pet visits can have on patients. We believe this is one more way that we can improve the patient experience and are excited to expand the program to Memorial Hermann Cypress,” says Heath Rushing, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

The program is a partnership between Memorial Hermann Cypress and Tender Loving K9’s, a local nonprofit organization that visits hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes.

“We find that many of the people we visit have dogs at home, or previously owned animals, and they are often missing those furry friends. We see the joy that these animals can bring to people. Somehow, they just know what each person needs without having to say a word,” says Sharon Evans, founder of Tender Loving K9’s.

Pet therapy visits are scheduled each Monday from 2-3 p.m. Patients will have the opportunity to request or decline the visit that day. Learn more about the services offered at Memorial Hermann Cypress at memorialhermann.org/locations/cypress. For a physician referral, call 713-222-CARE.


Kanicia Hardy and Chad Hargett with baby Levi Hargett.

Kanicia Hardy and Chad Hargett with baby Levi Hargett.


Music chimed throughout Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital at 2:11 p.m. on Jan. 1 to mark the birth of Levi Hargett, the first baby born in 2018 at the hospital. He was delivered by Dr. Nwamaka Ezedinma on New Year’s Day weighing 6 pounds, 13.3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He is the first child for parents Kanicia Hardy and Chad Hargett.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital delivered over 3,500 babies in 2017. “We are excited to start 2018 by welcoming two newborns,” said Pamela Sprague, director of the Women’s and Children’s Services at Houston Methodist Willow­brook Hospital. The second baby was born two hours after baby Hargett.

“The birth of a child is an important milestone in a family’s life. We are deeply honored to be entrusted by families to deliver their babies and care for new mothers,” said Sprague.


Jamie Brotemarkle

Jamie Brotemarkle


Jamie Brotemarkle, director of instruction at Spillane Middle School, was named the new principal at Spillane on Dec. 15. Brotemarkle replaces Mike Maness, who was named the incoming principal for Cypress Ranch High School in November.

Brotemarkle has 22 years of experience in education, including 14 years in CFISD. Her career began in Georgia as a teacher and soccer coach for five years.

She then moved into administration, serving as a counselor in Georgia for three years before Brotemarkle made her way to CFISD. She spent one year as a counselor at Aragon Middle School before helping open Spillane. Brotemarkle spent two years as a counselor before she was named an assistant principal, serving three years in that role.

Brotemarkle then became the director of instruction at Spillane, where she has been serving the past seven years. During her time as director of instruction, Brotemarkle also had the opportunity to be the High School Health Coordinator for four years.

Brotemarkle received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and her master’s of education in counseling from Georgia State University.

“Being named the principal of Spillane Middle School is the biggest honor and privilege that I could imagine,” Brotemarkle said. “I look forward to continuing to work together with the best staff, students, parents and community to continue the tradition of excellence established here at Spillane. Thank you CFISD for trusting me with such a wonderful opportunity right here in the school that is home to me.”

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