Katy Edition | June 2021

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Katy ISDbudget decit grows, highlighting pandemic eects

A NEED FOR NURSES While the supply of full-time registered nurses is projected to grow by 27.7% between 2018-32, the demand could grow by 46.8%. Projected demand Projected supply Demand unmet GULF COAST REGISTEREDNURSES 21.9% demand unmet

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As Katy ISD leaders worked to slow the spread of the coronavirus during the past year, they have faced another challenge: a nancial hit to the district’s gen- eral fund budget. Like districts across the nation, when the pan- demic hit, KISD ocials quickly found themselves juggling an increase in unforeseen expenses with a decrease in revenue—largely due to a drop in stu- dent enrollment. Student enrollment increased by 753 students between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, according to the Texas Education Agency, but increased by more than 3,500 students the year prior. Budget documents show as of May 17, the district’s CONTINUED ON 22 As of May 17, Katy ISD’s general fund—which makes up the majority of KISD’s budget—was operating at about a $27.52 million decit, according to a district report. GROWING DEFICIT

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As hospitals nationwide face an ongoing nursing shortage, the decit is top of mind for many Katy- area health care professionals and educators. Hospitals across the United States reported higher rates of turnover and sta burnout as nurses faced heavier workloads and treated critically ill COVID-19 patients for more than a year, accord- ing to a February study from the U.S. Oce of

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Loaded Teas, which are teas featuring a variety of healthy supplements to maxi- mize energy and wellness. 281-505-4251. www.facebook.com/tigernutritionkaty 5 Fulshear Nails N Spa opened in early May at 29615 FM 1093, Ste. 9, Fulshear. The salon offers a variety of nail and spa services, including manicures, pedicures, facials, eyelash extensions, eyebrow tinting and waxing. 281-346-8215. www.facebook.com/fulshear.nailsnspa 6 Houston’s Fuzzy Tails Grooming Salon opened in May at 23232 Kingsland Blvd., Ste. A, Katy. The family-owned business, which was previously mobile, offers a variety of grooming services for pets, including baths, fur cuts and nail trims. 832-992-3664. https://houstonsfuzzytails.com 7 Fort Bend Liquor Store opened its doors at 1708 Spring Green Blvd., Ste. 190, Katy, in May. It offers a variety of wine, beer and spirits with a focus on fine wines at multiple price points. 832-437-5934. www.fortbendliquorstore.com COMING SOON 8 Must Be Heaven, a deli that first opened in Brenham in 1982, is opening a second location in Katy at 908 Ave. B in the fall. Must Be Heaven’s menu features homemade meals and old-fashioned treats, including sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads, pies and Blue Bell ice cream. The restaurant also will offer gluten-free and vegetarian options. www.mustbeheaven.com 9 Uni Uni , a bubble tea shop, will have

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NOWOPEN 1 Maika’i Hawaiian BBQ opened a new location at 1321 N. Westgreen Blvd., Ste. 200, Katy, in May. The eatery sells a variety of Hawaiian dishes, including Spam and eggs, Kalbi short ribs, macaroni salad and coconut Haupia. This is Maika’i’s

Asian cuisine, opened May 17 at 1520 S. Mason Road, Ste. A, Katy. The menu at Uncle Chin’s Kitchen includes Malay- sian chicken satay, stir fry flat noodles, Vietnamese grilled pork and Hainanese chicken and rice. 832-437-3273. www.unclechinkitchen.com 3 Mayvenn, a Black-owned business, opened May 1 inside Walmart at 6060 N. Fry Road, Katy. The retail shop exists to guide and empower women of color along their hair journeys, according to a

press release from the company. May- venn is designed to be a one-stop shop for everything hair related—from ex- tensions to wig products. The shop also connects customers to qualified stylists in the area. 832-670-2344. https://info.mayvenn.com/info/walmart 4 Tiger Nutrition opened its doors for the first time in May. Located at 6191 Highway Blvd., Ste. 105, locally owned Tiger Nutrition offers protein shakes and

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14 Avalon Dental Group is opening its first Katy location at 4030 FM 1463, Katy, in July. The dental group is a full-service practice that offers general, cosmetic, pediatric, restorative and emergency dentistry to patients of all ages. Avalon Dental Group also has a location in Sugar Land. 281-240-5559. www.avalondg.com ANNIVERSARIES 15 La Argentina Gelato & Coffee, located at 3750 S. Mason Road, Ste. 200, Katy, is celebrating its fifth anniversary in June. Since opening in 2016, the shop has served gelato, coffee drinks and pas- tries that are connected to the owner’s Argentinian culture and family traditions. La Argentina Gelato & Coffee opened a second location in Houston in 2019. 832-437-1082. www.argentinagelato.com RENOVATIONS 16 The Schlotzsky’s located at 502 S. Mason Road, Katy, underwent a series of renovations in May, including a complete overhaul of the exterior of the

its grand opening at 6711 S. Fry Road, Unit 110, Katy, on July 3. The Katy location will be Uni Uni’s first in Texas. Uni Uni’s menu includes a wide variety of fresh fruit teas, fruit teas with cheese foam, classic milk teas, flavored yogurt with boba and smoothies. 281-939-5830. www.uniuni.us 10 Taco Bueno is opening a new loca- tion at 6860 N. Fry Road, Katy, in late June. The eatery sells tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more unique items, including the Muchaco, a taco made with a soft pita-like shell. Taco Bueno has plans to open new locations in Conroe, Tomball and other Texas cities in the coming months. www.tacobueno.com 11 A new Firehouse Subs is expected to open at 6630 FM 1463, Katy, in August or September. The sub shop, which was founded by firefighters, serves hot specialty subs with fresh ingredients. www.firehousesubs.com 12 DD’s Discounts will be opening its first location in Katy on June 26. Located at 20280 Katy Freeway, Katy, DD’s Discounts offers a variety of household, clothing and accessories at discounted prices. www.ddsdiscounts.com 13 Vibrant Senior Living , a new senior living center, is expected to open at 25600 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, in late 2021 or early 2022. The senior living center will take over the former Memorial Hermann Hospital facility, which has been vacant since 2012. Vibrant Senior Living will have about 90 assisted-living units and various amenities, including a dining hall, laundry services, a beauty salon, a library, a fitness center and family theater.

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FEATURED IMPACT NEWOWNERSHIP The rst time Anna Liu stepped foot into Katy’s beloved Snappy’s Cafe &Grill last winter, she said she had a good feeling. On Christmas Day, less than two months later, the Houston resident made an oer to buy the diner, and the change in ownership became ocial June 1. “As soon as I walked in the door, people were so friendly—they were joking around and clearly cared about each other,” she said. “Sometimes, things just feel right.” Longtime owners Bobby Katsabas and Alex Tsounakas, who opened Snappy’s nearly 20 years ago, have retired, Liu said. While Liu said she is excited to take over the community staple, she wants to reassure residents that she does not plan to change a thing. “I understand people are worried about changes, but to me, the menu works; the ambience works; and the business side works, thanks to the previous owners,” she said. “I want to continue that.” As she learns the new role, Liu said she will prioritize learning the ins and outs of Snappy’s and more importantly learning the ins and outs of the Katy community. “I know it’s a place people love to come and enjoy, and I want to do my part to

help build a community where we can share resources and build one another up,” she said. Katy City Council Member Chris Harris, who called Snappy’s the meeting spot for people in the community, said he feels Liu will have the same rapport with customers as the previous owners did. “Snappy’s restaurant is a staple of Katy and hometown life in Old Katy. … Anna is friendly and has the same concept as the original owners,” he said. Snappy’s is open for breakfast and lunch. It serves a variety of American staples, such as sandwiches and omelettes. Snappy’s Cafe & Grill 5803 US Hwy. 90, Katy 281-391-8163

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The Social Pub and Grill hosts the event every Thursday. Players listen to song clips and mark ones they know on their card. 7-9 p.m. Free (to play). 1721 Spring Green Blvd., Ste. 700, Katy. 281-396-4627. https://www.thesocialpubandgrill.com 24 THROUGH JULY 29 ROCK PAINTING On Thursday afternoons, Battlehops Brewing hosts a chance to creatively decorate rocks with provided paint pens. 3-10 p.m. $5 (includes a play pass and one drink). 6801 Highway Blvd., Katy. 832-324-5284. www.battlehopsbrewing.com JULY 03 THROUGH 04 FREEDOMFEST Wildcatter Saloon will host live music and reworks rain or shine. William Clark Green headlines the performance Saturday with Aaron Lewis on Sunday. Attendees must be age 21 or older. 2 p.m. $60 (one-day general admission), $100 (two-day general admission), $75 (one-

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Every third Friday of the month, the Cinco Ranch Lake House hosts a variety of food trucks and vendors along with live music and games to keep visitors and their families entertained. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission). 25202 Springwood Lake Drive, Katy. 281-394-7195. mycincoranch.com/foodtruckfriday (courtesy The DoughCone)

The Katy Parks & Recreation Department will show “Raya and the Last Dragon.” There will be vendors. Guests may bring snacks. Organizers recommend arriving early. Movie begins at dusk. Free (admission). 5850 Franz Road, Katy. 281-391-4800. www.cityoaty.com/government/city-departments/parks- recreation/events-calendar (courtesy City of Katy)

Ste. A150, Katy. 713-830-1858. https://.me/e/1v9H96cXM 16 THROUGH 18 IMPROV COMEDY CLUB Nicole Byer, host of the Netix original “Nailed It,” will perform three nights at the Houston Improv Comedy Club. This event is for those age 18 and older. NICOLE BYER AT THE HOUSTON

day general admission preferred), $125 (two-day general admission preferred), $175 (one-day VIP), $300 (two-day VIP). 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. 281-392-2337. https://wildcattersaloon.com/ 09 SAMY JO BAND LIVE The Samy Jo Band will perform at Baker St. Pub & Grill. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free (admission). 23502 Cinco Ranch Blvd.,

Table service with a full dining menu is available during the show. 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. (July 16); 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. (July 17); 7:30 p.m. (July 18). $50 (general admission table of two), $100 (GA table of four), $150 (GA table of six). 7620 Katy Freeway, Ste. 455, Houston. 713-333-8800. https://improvtx.com/houston/

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POTENTIAL PATH FOR HWY. 36A Hwy. 36A has not been approved, so a route has not been determined. However, a study of where the road might travel has the northern and southern parts of the road meeting near I-10.

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which are anticipating growth. “Fort Bend is expected to grow by half a million by 2050. These people will need ways to get from their jobs, school and shopping,” Fredricks said. “The more you grow, it puts more pressure on the existing infrastructure.” The Highway 36A Coalition advocates for the need for this project and is hoping it will be placed on the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2045 Regional Transpor- tation Plan. However, the feasibility of the project, the availability of funding and the road’s route could affect whether the project becomes a reality, Fredricks said. Finding corridors with the least environmental impact and minimizing the effects on existing communities is one of the goals for the Highway 36A Coalition and TxDOT right now, Fredricks said. For example, there are several rivers and creeks the road would need to cross— as well as natural habitats that need to be considered, he said. Some Katy-area officials have expressed similar concerns. “Hwy. 36A will be necessary for mobility and a growing population, but any route that will negatively affect the Katy Prairie Conservancy should be avoided,” Katy City Council Member Chris Harris said. “I have faith the decision makers will take into consideration [the Katy Prairie Conservation]’s environmental and flood mitigation role in the Katy area.”

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portation is in the midst of feasibility and environmental studies for Hwy. 36A. If the project comes to fruition, it would include building 65 miles of Hwy. 36A, creating a corridor from Port Freeport to Brazosport to north of Houston, Highway 36A Coalition spokesperson Jim Fredricks said. The project is separated into two sections: Hwy. 36A South would run from the existing Hwy. 36 south to the I-10 and Hwy. 90A intersection. Hwy. 36A North would run from that intersection to Hwy. 6 north of Hempstead. The road would be a four-lane divided road and would look similar to the expanded, existing Hwy. 36, Fredricks said. The existing Hwy. 36 is under construction; the road runs from Freeport to Rosenberg. The project was first proposed in the Waller County Mobility Plan in 2017, TxDOT Public Information Offi- cer Deidrea George said in an email. It is too early in the planning phase of the project to have a construction timeline or project cost, George said. The new road is necessary for three reasons, Fredricks said: hurricane evacuation, moving freight from Port Freeport and accommodating the growing population. Once the Harbor Channel Improvement project is completed, Port Freeport will be the deepest port on the Gulf Coast and will be handling more traffic, Fredricks said. The road will run through Brazoria, Fort Bend and Waller counties, all of

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QUOTEOFNOTE “AS A FORMER PRINCIPAL, I CAN RELATEWITH THE STRUGGLES AND STRENGTHS OF CAMPUS LEADERS.” RONNIE EDWARDS, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT MEETING HIGHLIGHTS KATY ISD In June, Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed Kara Morgan as the new principal of Bethke Elementary School and Lisa Frison as the new leader for Winborn Elementary School, according to a district release. Both educators have more than 20 years of education experience and have history with KISD. They will both begin their roles this summer to prepare for the 2021-22 school year. HARRIS COUNTY A county initiative announced June 3 will award a $5,000 scholarship each week to one student who receives their vaccine from a Harris County Public Health site. The scholarship can help pay for tuition, room and board, and books at any Texas community college, public college or university. Candidates must be Harris County residents and under age 18 at the time of their initial dose. Citizenship status is not checked or required, ocials said. Visit https:// publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/ vaccinescholarship for details. Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is July 12 at 910 Ave. C, Katy. 281-391-4800. www.cityoaty.com Fulshear City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is July 20 at 6920 Katy Fulshear Road, Fulshear. 281-346-1796. www.fulsheartexas.gov Harris County Commissioners Court usually meets Tuesday mornings twice a month. The next meeting is July 20 at 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston. 713-755-5000. www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend Commissioners Court meets at 1 p.m. the rst, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting is July 13 at 401 Jackson St., Richmond. 281-342-3411. www.fortbendcountytx.gov MEETINGSWE COVER

Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe announces resignation

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Poppe wrote. “I am hum- bled by having worked with very professional and devoted public servants in my 15-plus years here and wish all of you the best in your continued service to Harris County.” The Harris County Com- missioners Court will likely discuss his replacement at its June 29 meeting, HCFCD Deputy Executive Director Matt Zeve said in an email. As previously reported

pushback against the Texas General Land Oce’s announcement that Harris

working with the Budget Management Oce and [HCFCD] sta on nalizing our recommen-

HARRIS COUNTY After nearly 15 years of service as the executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, Russ Poppe announced his resignation June 11 amidst the push to secure $750 million in ood control aid as Texas gears up for hurricane season. “The growing expecta- tions associated with these eorts have adversely aected the quality of my personal life to a point I can no longer sustain,”

County would receive nothing from the Hurricane Harvey ood mitigation funds May 20, GLO Com- missioner George P. Bush said less than a week later he would seek a $750 million direct

dation to address the district’s bond program backstop funding for presen- tation at commis- sioners court on June 29,” Poppe said. “However, I will begin transi- tioning over the

Russ Poppe

allocation from the federal government to the county. “I am committed to

next three weeks out of my leadership role at the district.”

by Community Impact Newspaper , following

Katy ISDnames newassistant superintendent

Fort BendCounty rebrands public transit

for school leadership and support, in a statement from the district. “As a former principal, I can relate with the struggles and strengths of campus leaders.

BY MORGAN JONES

FORT BEND COUNTY Fort Bend County Public Transportation on June 14 announced a rebranding that includes a name change to Fort Bend Transit, a new logo, a new color scheme, and newmessaging. The existing services will operate as before, the release said. The Commuter Park and Ride ser- vice provides weekly transportation to the Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, and Galleria areas of Houston. There are three Commuter Park and Ride lot locations: the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg, the University of Houston–Sugar Land and First Colony AMC Theatre. Schedules and stop details can be viewed at www.ctransit.org.

Ronnie Edwards

BY LAURA AEBI

KATY ISD Katy ISD has tapped Ronnie Edwards as the district’s new assistant superintendent for school leadership and support. Edwards has been principal of Mayde Creek High School for the past ve years. “It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their rst day of school up to the last day of their senior year,” said Ronnie Edwards, assistant superintendent

I look forward to working with them and sta from across the district to ensure this growing school district continues provid- ing an A+ education.” Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in English from Tarleton State University. He also has his master’s of education in adminis- tration and supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria. Edwards will be replacing Freda Creech, who will retire this summer.

Entrepreneur initiative assists small businesses

ASSISTANCE NEEDED One of the program’s priorities was to target disadvantaged businesses. As of March 31, 686 businesses had participated.

BY MORGAN JONES

Fort Bend County commissioners on the program in June, nearly a year after it began in July 2020. As of March 31, 686 businesses had participated in the program, which oers support to pandemic-aected businesses. Visit www.fortbend entrepreneur.com for details.

FORT BEND COUNTY Nearly 700 Fort Bend County businesses, including 49 in Katy, have received free coaching through the Fort Bend Entrepreneur program. Stephen Carter, co-owner of con- sulting group Carter Brothers, updated

37% are minority owned 35% are women owned

SOURCE: FORT BEND COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 4% are veteran owned 2% are LGBTQ owned

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HOUSTON METHODIST in Katy and West Houston

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HOUSTON METHODIST WEST HOSPITAL

EMERGENCY CARE

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WEST HOUSTON

MEMORIAL CITY

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MEMORIAL GREEN

MEMORIAL

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PRIMARY CARE

PRIMARY AND SPECIALTY CARE

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EMERGENCY CARE

Convenient Locations — Close to Home Houston Methodist is growing to meet the needs of our community. We offer a full range of care across Katy and West Houston, including: • Primary and specialty physician offices, imaging, labs and physical therapy • Easy to access emergency care and transfer to Houston Methodist West Hospital, should you need it

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• A team of experts using the newest technologies • Personalized care tailored to your unique needs

And, with enhanced safety measures in place, you can rest assured your safety is our priority.

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

COMPILED BY LAURA AEBI

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH

COMBATING COVID19

Fort Bend County leads Katy-area counties in vaccinations with nearly 70% of the population age 12 and older having received at least one dose. Data is accurate as of June 9.

These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed.

FORT BEND COUNTY WALLER COUNTY HARRIS COUNTY

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

6

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

529

77493

77449

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

99 TOLL

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68.6% 56.2% 37.2%

77494

77094

2021 STATEWIDEHEALTHCARE RANKINGS OUT OF 243 COUNTIES

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

77441

1093

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

77450

N

HEALTH OUTCOMES

30 30 69

27 52

2 3

Length of life Overall Quality of life

54.3%

PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED VACCINATIONS BY ZIP CODE

State average

140

4

57.3% 80.9% 33.9% 42.5% 53.3% 51.9%

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED

77094 77441 77449 77450 77493 77494

HEALTH FACTORS

56.3% 45.1% 29.9%

15 90

195 184 202 128 197

2 3 8 8

Overall

Health behaviors Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

61

160 241

44.3%

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

177

State average

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HOSPITALS

Information on hospitals in the Katy area

2 0 2 1 H E A L T H C A R E E D I T I O N

hospital’s bariatric program accredited by Metabolic and Bariatric Accreditation Quality Improvement Program 3 Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 23900 Katy Freeway, Katy 2816447000 www.memorialhermann.org/locations/katy • Trauma level: III • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: 1,100 • Total number of beds: 208 • Telemedicine oerings: virtual primary care physician visits throughout the Memorial Hermann Health System • Latest news: Memorial Hermann Sports Park Katy is a full-range sports medicine facility on the campus of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The facility houses Memorial Hermann Medical Group Katy Primary Care & Sports Medicine, Athlete Training and Health, UT Physicians Orthopedics, and Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute to provide medical care and athletic training. 4 MD Anderson West Houston 13900 Katy Freeway, Houston 7135639600 https://www.mdanderson.org/about-md- anderson/our-locations/west-houston.html • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 250 • Total number of beds: N/A (ambulatory center with roughly 400 patient visits per day) • Telemedicine oerings: The hospital is oering video visits to patients, allowing them to use their smartphone, tablet or computer to connect through MyChart. • Latest news: MD Anderson West Houston, which opened in 2019, oers services including medical oncology, radiation oncology, gynecologic and surgical oncology as well as interventional radiology, endoscopy and bronchoscopy and post-anesthesia care. The building includes an Ambulatory Treatment Center; outpatient clinics (including breast, colorectal, dermatology, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, neurosurgery, pain management and thoracic); radiation therapy; a pharmacy; a Diagnostic Laboratory Center; and rehabilitation therapy.

Clinical nutrition, genetic counseling, social work, pain management, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy, an on-site nurse navigator and support groups are also available. 5 Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, Houston 8322271000 www.texaschildrens.org/westcampus • Trauma level: IV • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 1,061 • Total number of beds: 86 • Telemedicine oerings: As was the case at hospitals across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic increased the use of telemedicine dramatically at Texas Children’s. In addition to in-person appointments, the hospital oers video visits. • Latest news: Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine named

Dr. Catherine M. Gordon as the new pediatrician in chief at Texas Children’s and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor. Gordon will join both institutions Oct. 1.

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1 Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital 701 S. Fry Road, Katy 8325227550 http://www.houstonmethodist.org/ continuing-care • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Total number of employees: 399 • Total number of beds: 102 • Telemedicine oerings: Some telemedicine options are available but vary per physician. Patients should reach out directly to a physician to nd out what telemedicine options are available. COVID-19 patients have been given iPads to connect with family members and friends while in the hospital since they have not been able to have in-person visitors. • Latest news: Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital opened the Highly Infectious Disease Unit on March 23, 2020. It was opened in response to the coronavirus pandemic and treats the sickest COVID-19 patients. Additionally, the hospital opened a specialty infusion clinic in November. The Houston Methodist Specialty Infusion Clinic provides monoclonal antibody infusion therapy to treat COVID-19 patients. 2 Houston Methodist West Hospital 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston 8325221000 www.houstonmethodist.org/ locations/katy-west • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: 1,805 • Total number of beds: 239 • Telemedicine oerings: Many Houston Methodist West physicians are available to patients via the MyMethodist app. Physicians may also accept video visits. Patients should reach out directly to a physician to nd out what telemedicine options are available. • Latest news: Recent expansion of heart services, including the addition of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, transcarotid artery revascularization, and the patent foramen ovale procedure; Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at West received Level II Maternal Designation;

NICU level

Level I • Well nursery

• Can care for mothers, infants at 35-plus weeks of gestation with routine perinatal problems • Anesthesiology, lab, radiology, ultrasonography, blood bank services and pharmacist available Level II • Specialty care nursery • Can care for mothers, infants at 32-plus weeks of gestation with problems to be resolved rapidly • In addition to Level I requirements, dietician, and physical and respiratory therapists available Level III • Neonatal intensive care unit • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages with mild to critical illnesses • Can provide consultation for pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists; can perform major pediatric surgery on-site Level IV • Advanced NICU • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages as well as the most complex, critically ill infants • Comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists on-site; can perform major surgeries, including repair of complex conditions

Trauma level

Level I • Highest level of care • Full range of specialists, equipment in-house 24/7 • Oer teaching, research components

Level IV • Provide initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities • Will likely have to transfer to higher-level trauma center Level III • Oer resources for emergency surgery, intensive care • May have to transfer to Level I and II centers Level II • Oer specialists on call 24/7 • Can transfer to Level I facilities • No research component required

SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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A D V E R T O R I A L

JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Dr. Quyen Trinh, DO Board Certified Family Physician Ask the Expert

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