NATIONAL ASSOCIATION NAMES TOP TEN BUSINESS WOMEN OF THE YEAR
The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) named Dr. Michelle L. Becker, founder of Shots for Holly, one of the Top Ten Business Women of the Year. The Top Ten Business Women of ABWA is a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement.
In 2014, Becker established a nonprofit organization, Shots for Holly, to honor her friend who died from flu-related complications at the age of 41. Becker’s current mission mission is spreading awareness through appearances and presentations about the flu and the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine, collecting corporate donations, heading up fundraisers, reading literature and research about the flu, and attending networking meetings and functions. She has dedicated her life to educating the public about the flu, to dispel the myths concerning flu shots and to help those in need get the flu shot.
Becker relocated to Houston in 2005 following her postgraduate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. After the birth of her daughter, she began selling jewelry for a direct sales company and earned numerous trips and awards. Following Holly’s death, Becker sold the majority of her jewelry collection to fund the nonprofit. With the money, the organization was able to pay start-up fees and purchase a mascot vehicle.
Becker has earned much recognition for her community involvement with Shots for Holly and many other organizations. She was named a Federation of Houston Professional Women’s “Woman of Excellence” in 2015, and she earned the ABWA “Inner Circle” Award, CYFEN’s 2016 “Woman of the Year” Award, and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce “Ambassador of the Quarter” Awards in 2015 and 2016.
NORTHWEST ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES CELEBRATED ITS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) marked a new era of Neighbors Helping Neighbors on Aug. 11 with the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Resale and Training Center. NAM’s president, board of directors, staff and members of the community and congregations all gathered for the event.
The ceremony was possible thanks to the success of NAM’s capital campaign, Roots and Wings, which began in 2013 and raised more than $5 million for the construction of NAM’s new Resale and Training Center.
“We are so excited to see this project finally come to fruition,” explained Carole Little, NAM’s president and CEO. “This initiative demonstrates the power of Neighbors Helping Neighbors and we are so grateful to all our supporters for believing in NAM’s mission and providing the community with the space they deserve to benefit from programs and services that ultimately allow our clients to reach financial, professional and emotional independence,” Little said.
The Resale and Training Center will be home to NAM’s resale store, Treasures of the Heart, featuring 30,000 square feet of retail space and will also be the new space for NAM’s ever-expanding education programs at the Learning Center, Meals on Wheels, special events and others. This new facility is expected to benefit Neighbors in Need, the community and NAM’s internal operations. For more information, visit namonline.org or call 281-885-4610.
NORTH CYPRESS MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED AS AMONG NATION’S BEST FOR COPD AND HEART FAILURE
North Cypress Medical Center has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 in the treatment of COPD and Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report.
“We are thrilled to have achieved this recognition,” said Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Robert A. Behar. “The physicians, nurses, and staff at North Cypress strive every day to provide the best in safe, quality healthcare. I am extremely proud of our team and the care and treatment we provide our patients.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more.
For 2016-17, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that were high-performing across multiple areas of care. Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. For more information, visit health.usnews.com/best-hospitals
HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK HOSPITAL OFFERS ZIKA PROTECTION ADVICE
Though confirmed cases of the Zika virus are increasing worldwide, there are some precautions you can take to protect you and your family. Zika is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species of mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) the infected mosquitoes live in some parts of the United States as well as other parts of the world. While anyone is at risk of contracting the disease, pregnant women are most at risk, because Zika can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
“Women who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant in the coming months should be cautious about Zika, but there is no need to panic,” says Jeanne Smith, M.D., obstetrics & gynecology at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.
When contracted by pregnant women, Zika can cause the neurological defect known as microcephaly, or incomplete brain development, in their newborn babies. It is less serious in non-pregnant adults and
children, causing fever, joint/muscle pain and conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye.”
According to the CDC, 108 cases of Zika have been diagnosed in Texas and 2,260 cases nationwide have been reported as of Aug. 19. “Zika can be transmitted during sex by a man who is infected, so it is important that expectant fathers, or those planning a family soon, protect themselves, too,” said Smith. She also recommends that women and their partners wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside, especially during the daytime hours, when the Aedes mosquito is more likely to bite.
“If women are concerned about their risk, or their partners’ risk, they should talk to their OB/GYN,” she said.
Along with proper clothing, using insect repellent regularly – and properly – is an important component in protecting against Zika,” said Maryum Zohair, internal medicine physician at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.
“Insect repellents with DEET or picaridin, in concentrations of up to 30 percent, offer excellent protection from the mosquito that carries Zika,” said Zohair. “Some of the most effective brands are available in local stores or online, and can provide protection for up to eight hours. If you are planning on being outside this summer, it’s important to use a good repellent. First put on sunscreen, then apply the repellent on top.”
Apply all repellents lightly on exposed skin and clothing, since studies show that heavy doses don’t necessarily work better. When applying to your face, spray the repellent on your hands first and then rub it in. Be sure to wash your hands after application and before eating or drinking.
“Don’t forget to protect children as well, with long sleeves and pants and insect repellent,” advised Zohair. “An adult should apply the repellent and avoid putting it on a child’s hands to protect against accidental ingestion. And don’t use repellent on babies younger than two months old.”
Visit cdc.gov/zika for more information about the Zika virus and ways to protect yourself and your loved ones. Visit houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook for more information about services available at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.
MEMORIAL HERMANN MEDICAL GROUP CYPRESS WELCOMES NEW PHYSICIAN
Family medicine physician David Gould, M.D., has joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group Cypress.
Dr. Gould graduated from the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico, and completed his family practice residency at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Gould treats a variety of illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, and acute care. He sees patients ages 5 and older.
Dr. Gould joins family medicine physicians Lillian Howard, M.D., and Katherine Holzman, D.O. as part of Memorial Hermann Medical Group Cypress. He is now seeing patients at 13114 FM 1960 Road West, Suite 119, Houston. The entrance is on Wortham Boulevard. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 281-890-6446 or through ScheduleNow.