CYPRESS RANCH SWIM COACH EARNS COACH OF THE YEAR HONOR
Bryan Hutchinson, the head boys’ swimming and diving coach at Cypress Ranch High School, was recognized by the NFHS Coaches Association as the 2015 Boys’ Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year. The state-level award is chosen by the official coaches association of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Hutchinson, who led the Mustangs to a District 17-6A championship in 2015, will receive a certificate of recognition for achieving the honor. “I was shocked and honored to be selected as the NFHS boys’ state swimming coach of the year for 2015,” Hutchinson said. “I would like to thank all the swimmers who have worked so hard and contributed to me being eligible to receive this award.”
BRIDGELAND WINS GOLD AWARD FOR “BEST TV COMMERCIAL” AT THE NATIONALS 2016 COMPETITION
Topping both national and international entrants, Bridgeland received the Gold Award for “Best TV Commercial” at The Nationals 2016 Gold Awards. Presented by the National Sales & Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), The Nationals pay tribute to superior new home sales and marketing achievements. Gold Award winners were announced on Jan. 19 during NAHB’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
“We are pleased to win such a prestigious honor for our television commercial which depicts the wonderful amenities found in Bridgeland,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of master planned communities for Bridgeland. “We continue to create a top-notch community, and it is gratifying to see those efforts recognized within the industry.”
With striking cinematography and an unforgettable sound track, the newest television commercial for Bridgeland, “We’ve Arrived”, highlights the amenity-rich and nature-oriented lifestyle for which the 11,400-acre community has become known. With more than 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, Bridgeland offers the tranquility of a seemingly untouched natural environment while also providing the convenience of modern facilities.
The commercial debuted in February 2015 to coincide with the grand opening of Hidden Creek, the largest section built within Bridgeland thus far with 1,000 homesites set along 142 acres of lakes and waterways.
NORTH CYPRESS MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES THE 2016 WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARDS
North Cypress Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award in three categories as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers, America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery and America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
“We are proud to have received this distinction in three categories,“ said North Cypress Medical Center, CEO and chairman of the board, Dr. Robert A. Behar. “Our experienced staff of physicians works closely on a daily basis with our seasoned clinical staff of nurses and therapists to ensure that all of our patients receive the best treatment possible. We are honored to be recognized for that.”
America’s Best Stroke Centers – The list of over 467 award winners, including North Cypress Medical Center represents hospitals that have met the high standards of the Joint Commission, American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Stroke Association (ASA). Hospitals that have earned this award must first hold an Advanced or Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, recognizing centers that meet high standards for stroke care as determined by the Joint Commission.
America’s Best Hospitals Bariatric Surgery – The list of over 300 award winners, including North Cypress Medical Center represents hospitals that have met the high standards of The American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, thereby supporting a woman’s decision when choosing the best for her healthcare needs. Awarded hospitals also ranked above the national average for patient recommendations on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys.
America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics – The list of 426 winners, including North Cypress Medical Center represents hospitals that have provided exceptional patient care and treatment. Awarded hospitals provide comprehensive orthopedic services, indicating a minimal number of arthroscopy, joint replacements and spine surgery services, as well as offering onsite MRI and physical therapy. These full service hospitals are then judged based on their results through the HCAHPS survey for patient recommendations and post-operative recovery instructions.
“The women of Northwest Houston are extremely fortunate to have access to one of the best hospitals in America. Through our joint efforts with North Cypress we will empower women to make the best healthcare choices for her and her family,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.
For more information, visit womenschoice- award.com/awarded/healthcare.
HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES WEAR RED TO RAISE AWARENESS
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital team members wear red in support of the Go Red for Women movement. National Wear Red Day supports the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, which takes the lives of 1 in 3 women every year, according to the American Heart Association. Keith Barber, chief executive officer, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president, Houston Methodist is serving on the 2016 American Heart Association Heart Walk – Northwest Harris County executive leadership team. The Heart Walk will take place in the fall of 2016.
To learn if you’re at risk, visit connect.houstonmethodist.org/heartquizhttp://connect.houstonmethodist.org/heartquiz and take a heart disease risk assessment, or call 281-737-2500 for a physician referral.
TEXAS BUFFALO SOLDIERS CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Buffalo Soldiers program celebrated its 20th anniversary during Black History Month with living history events at three Texas state parks. The Buffalo Soldiers set up camp at Cedar Hill State Park near Dallas on Feb. 13, Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center near Houston on Feb. 20 and Blanco State Park between Austin and San Antonio on Feb. 27.
The Buffalo Soldiers open house events included hands-on interpretive activities for families and visitors of all ages that center around daily life for soldiers and civilians on the Texas Frontier during the late 1800s. Activities included animal tracking lessons, cane pole fishing, a frontier baseball game, Buffalo Soldier and Native American history lessons, a cooking camp and more.
The Buffalo Soldiers were the African-American soldiers who served on the Western frontier from 1866 to 1948, building roads, telegraphs and forts. Some even served as the first national park rangers. Today, the Buffalo Soldiers are a group of reenactors who represent the original soldiers, performing in Texas state parks and encouraging outdoor skills and recreation.
Other 20th anniversary celebrations will happen throughout the year. The Buffalo Soldiers will stop at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston on March 5. Later in the spring, Lake Brownwood State Park will host a celebration on May 14. The anniversary open house will feature a full Buffalo Soldier encampment with storytelling, activities and a recognition ceremony for those who helped the program become what it is today.
All activities are free, open to the public and available to all ages. Park entrance fees still apply, though admission for children 12 and under is free.
Visit tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/buffalo-soldiers-events for more information.
CY-FAIR HOUSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2015 BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR
The Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual A Night of Celebration gala to announce the 2015 Businesses of the Year at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside on Jan. 22.
Outgoing Chairman of the Board Stuart Snow with Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District presented the Chairman’s Award to Keith Vrana of Consolidated Mills, Inc. for his contribution and service to the Cy-Fair community and the Chamber.
The 2015 Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Jennifer Dodds with i-Tech Technology Consulting. “Jennifer is a tireless advocate for the Chamber,” Leslie Martone, President of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce said. “She enthusiastically welcomes new members and makes them feel instantly like a member of the family.” Other nominees for Ambassador of the Year were Elizabeth Zelenka with Amegy Bank of Texas, Kristina Shackelford and Michelle Becker with Shots for Holly.
The 2015 Businesses of the Year were:
SMALL BUSINESS – FEWER THAN 10 EMPLOYEES: The winner was Lindsay Lakes, which is a family owned, family built, and family operated business. In 2003, it purchased five acres with a dream of building a wedding venue. The venue had an opportunity to grow, so it purchased 16 additional acres. Now, Lindsay Lakes offers lakeside ceremonies, chapel ceremonies and two reception halls accommodating up to 300 guests. They are one of the few full service venues in the area, and take pride in creating special memories for all events. Finalists were inkDOTS, Inc. and Jolie Salon.
MEDIUM BUSINESS – FEWER THAN 50 EMPLOYEES: The winner, Mathnasium, is a math center that delivers individualized, supplemental, proprietary and effective math curriculum and instruction to students from 2nd to 12th grade on a one-to-one basis. Mathnasium builds up missing skills and provides support for current school topics and homework. It focuses on long-term understanding versus memorization or studying for the test. Finalists were Liberty Mutual Insurance and McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC.
LARGE BUSINESS – MORE THAN 50 EMPLOYEES: The winner, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, is a full-service credit union in southeast Texas. Originally founded in 1956 with 10 members to serve employees of the CFISD, it now has more than 21,0OO members, and serve anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school within the Cy-Fair ISD boundaries and parts of Waller County. Finalists were ACU-Associated Credit Union of Texas and Louetta Automotive.
NON-PROFIT: The winner, Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, is a faith-based, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County has built more than 200 homes, providing housing for more than 850 individuals. However, its focus goes beyond just building houses…it is building communities that stress the well-being and future of the families who live in Habitat homes. Finalists were Langham Creek Family YMCA and Shield Bearer Counseling Centers.
After the awards dinner, the Chamber opened its doors to a night in the city. The 30th anniversary celebration included a casino, photo booth, DJ and dance floor. For more information, visit cyfairchamber.com or call 281-373-1390.