HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK HOSPITAL
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital welcomes Darrell Jackson as the new director of spiritual care & values integration. Rev. Jackson has more than 20 years of organizational leadership experience in ministry and non-profit systems. Prior to joining Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, he served as staff chaplain for Houston Methodist Hospital where he provided emotional and spiritual support to hospital staff members, patients, and their families.
Rev. Jackson continues to hold leadership roles within ministry including a position as the director of leader development and field representative for the San Felipe Baptist Association. He also serves as the senior pastor for Christian Life Fellowship Church. Rev. Jackson previously held the role of adjunct professor for The Institute for Theological Studies.
Rev. Jackson received his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Wash. and his Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. He is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister and received Denominational Endorsement from the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 2014.
Glenn Anderson, M.D., has joined Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital as the Medical Director of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Anderson has practiced neurosurgery for more than 13 years. He holds certifications with the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the Fellow Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Anderson’s clinical expertise includes: Brain tumors, Cerebral aneurysms and AVM, Spinal disc disease, Spinal fusion, Spinal stenosis, Spinal cord tumors, Peripheral nerve injury, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Vagal nerve stimulator, Pituitary tumors, and Microvascular decompression.
Along with writing multiple peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Anderson is also an active member of the following professional organizations: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons, and American Association of Neurological Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section. His office is located at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, 13300 Hargrave Road, Suite 390.
CULINARY INSTRUCTOR NAMED GHRA EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
The Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) has named Cy-Fair Culinary Academy instructor Kara Palermo as its Educator of the Year. The award is given to an area educator who provides leadership, innovation and dedication to the entire community.
The GHRA presented Palermo with a Golden Fork Award for Educator of the Year at the Golden Fork Awards Gala held on Jan. 24 at The Corinthian.
“Kara is very dedicated to her students, and offers them a wonderful education as a teacher,” said Steve Swofford, GHRA education committee chairman. “Not only is she committed to her own students, but committed to culinary and hospitality education throughout the entire state as evidenced by her serving on both TRAEF and HEAT. She is creative with the competitions and fund raisers she has put together for her students, and involving guest chefs as mentors and judges.”
BRIDGELAND RECOGNIZED AS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Bridgeland, the 11,400-acre master planned community in Cypress has been recognized by the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 ‘Medium Size Business of the Year.’ The award, given to companies with 50 employees or less, takes into consideration a business’ growth, environmental preservation efforts, public service and community influence.
“We’re honored to be recognized as Cy-Fair’s Business of the Year,” said Peter Houghton, Bridgeland’s vice president of master planned communities. “Beyond being the largest master planned community in northwest Houston, we want to be known as a development committed to sustainability that serves as a good community partner.”
Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce officials noted that Bridgeland immediately stood out from its competitors because of the community’s concerted efforts to embrace the natural environment. By supporting and enhancing the area’s existing habitats and purposes, 3,000 acres of the development have been devoted to lakes and waterways, green space and hike-and-bike-trails. These measures, plus environmentally-conscious approaches to irrigation, energy and the ecosystem, have helped Bridgeland become one of the area’s most sustainable communities.
Additionally, Bridgeland was recognized as a dedicated community partner. Over the last nine years, the development has established a $20,000 endowment through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, pledged $15,000 to the North Harris Montgomery Community College District Foundation and donated five homesites to the Greater Houston Builders Associations Benefit Home project. Also, Bridgeland’s two large-scale community events, Howl-O-Ween Fest and Nature Fest, have raised over $50,000 for philanthropic organizations, with Howl-O-Ween Fest supporting local rescue groups and Nature Fest benefiting Staples Safari Zoo.
Bridgeland was also named ‘Medium Size Business of the Year’ in 2006, just one of more than 100 awards the community has won since opening. Bridgeland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation that’s managed by The Woodlands Development Company.
HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HEART DISEASE
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital team members wore red in support of the Go Red for Women movement on National Wear Red Day. The event supports the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women. Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president, Houston Methodist is the chairperson for the 2015 American Heart Association Heart Walk – Northwest Houston, which will take place in the Fall of 2015.
BASEBALL COACH, PLAYERS RECOGNIZED AT 3RD ANNUAL HOT STOVE BANQUET
The Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA)honored Langham Creek High School head coach Armando Sedeño and three CFISD baseball players at the Sugar Land Skeeters 3rd Annual Hot Stove Banquet, held at the Insperity Club at Constellation Field on Jan. 22.
Sedeño, a 25-year Lobos coaching veteran who earned his 500th career victory and led Langham Creek to a district title last spring, was honored with the 2015 Ray Knoblauch Coaching Award, given to a coach who has devoted his life to the development of baseball programs in the Houston area. “For me, it means that good things happen for guys who go to work every day, do what’s right and believe in kids, Sedeño said. “For me it’s an acclamation that it’s not all for naught.”
Sedeño began his coaching career with Langham Creek in 1990 after spending time with Victoria ISD, Brownfield and Spring Westfield high schools. He is the second CFISD baseball coach to earn the award, after Cypress Ranch High School head coach John Pope claimed the honor in 2014.
The banquet also honored the 16 members of the HABCA 2015 All-Greater Houston Preseason High School Baseball Team. Three CFISD athletes were recognized among the best in Houston: Langham Creek senior outfielder Tyler Rand; Cypress Creek senior pitcher Jordan Hicks; and Cypress Ranch senior pitcher Riley Gossett.
“It’s a true honor and blessing to even get recognized among the top 16 players in Houston,” Rand said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my coaches and my parents. Coach Sedeño has obviously helped me throughout my four years in high
school. Everything I’ve done has been because of him and I wouldn’t be the player I am without him.”
CYPRESS LAKES HS NAMES PATTON HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, CAMPUS ATHLETIC COORDINATOR
Cypress Lakes High School has announced that Ronald Patton, head football coach at Lamar Consolidated High School, has been named the new head football coach and campus athletic coordinator for the Spartans.
Patton served as the head coach at Lamar Consolidated for the last five years. Prior to that, he served six years (2004-2010) as the defensive coordinator at Cypress Ridge High School under head coach Gary Thiebaud. He began his coaching career at Langham Creek High School (2000-2004), coaching safeties under head coach Dennis Demel and Thiebaud, who was then the Lobos’ defensive coordinator.
MEMORIAL HERMANN BREAKS GROUND ON CYPRESS MEDICAL CAMPUS
Memorial Hermann recently broke ground on a major medical campus in Cypress. The $168 million project is being constructed on a 32-acre site located on the northeast side of Highway 290 and the Grand Parkway, between Mason Road and Mueschke Road.
“This is an exciting time for Memorial Hermann,” said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. “We are in the midst of the largest multi-campus construction campaign in our System’s history. With major construction and renovation projects in key areas of our growing community – including Cypress – we are able to provide patients unparalleled access to our health system’s advanced services and clinically-integrated care in the areas where they live and work.”
Phase I of the Cypress medical campus includes a six-story, 125,000-square-foot medical office building, which includes a 40,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center that will provide one-stop, highly coordinated access to adult and pediatric primary care, specialty physicians, sports medicine and rehabilitation, outpatient imaging and lab services – including MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann – and a 24-hour emergency room. Scheduled to open in early 2016, the Convenient Care Center will offer families options such as walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours.
Anchoring the medical campus will be an 80-bed acute care hospital. It will house eight operating rooms, a 16-bed intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit and a cardiac catheterization lab, with room to accommodate significant future growth. The hospital’s expected completion date is Spring 2017.
Plans also call for the construction of a dedicated Memorial Hermann Life Flight® helipad. As the area continues to grow, the campus has room for two additional medical office buildings and two additional patient bed towers.
“This new medical campus really will offer it all – from a quick primary care physician appointment to an emergent procedure in an emergency room setting, and everything in between,” said Scott Barbe, CEO, Memorial Hermann Cypress Market.
The Cypress project is one of several new projects in Memorial Hermann’s strategic growth initiative – Breaking New Ground – designed to meet current and future healthcare needs in the greater Houston region. The initiative includes the construction of a medical campus in Pearland featuring a 64-bed hospital, and multi-million dollar expansions at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.
CYPRESS LAKES EDUCATOR EARNS “ALPHA MAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD
Cypress Lakes High School special education/English II teacher and head freshmen football coach Brian Roberson was awarded the Alpha Man of the Year award by the Zeta Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at the annual Founders’ Day banquet on Dec. 11 at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.
Roberson, president of the Zeta Psi Lambda Chapter and Louisiana district chairman of elections, was selected for the award based on his dedicated service and contributions to the fraternity and community.
Roberson is also the recipient of the Southwestern Region’s “Outstanding Alumni Brother of the Year” award, and serves as deputy executive director of the southwestern region, encompassing Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. He is the first three-time consecutive winner of the Alpha Man of the Year award.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to receive this award,” Roberson said. “To say that I’ve been the recipient for three consecutive years is truly unbelievable. Though the ‘Alpha Man of the Year’ is an individual award, it takes the support and respect of strong Alpha Men to be able to receive this recognition, and I am forever grateful for their commitment to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.”
In addition, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach presented Roberson and the fraternity with a proclamation declaring Dec. 11, 2014 as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Day, “Reigniting the Alpha Commitment.”