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Kim Gillihan lost her 14-year-old son Joshua to fentanyl poisoning last August and has since made it her mission to educate others about this crisis. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact)
Fentanyl is the No. 1 cause of death national- ly among ages 18-45.
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Opioid-related deaths increased 124% from 2017-21 in Harris County.
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Joshua Gillihan loved to ride dirt bikes, play video games, and spend time with his friends and family. He was 14 years old and had just nished the rst week of his freshman year at Bridgeland High School when he died from fentanyl poisoning last August. “It’s just the worst thing that could ever happen. It was a complete shock,” his mother, Kim Gillihan, told Lawmakers, local entities tackle escalating fentanyl overdose rates Community Impact , noting her son thought he was tak- ing a Percocet. “We had talked about drugs a lot. … We talked about all kinds of things, but we didn’t talk about fentanyl [and how] fentanyl’s in everything because we didn’t know.” She said she believed the misconception that fentanyl wasn’t an issue in the suburbs. Had she known and been CONTINUED ON 18 BY DANICA LLOYD *2022 DATA IS PRELIMINARY SOURCES: TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD, U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, HARRIS COUNTY INSTITUTE OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, HOUSTON HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREASCOMMUNITY IMPACT
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FROM DANICA: This month, we shed light on a local issue many may not even realize reaches us out here in the suburbs—the fentanyl crisis. In our front-page story, you’ll meet a Cypress mom who lost her 14-year-old son to what the Drug Enforcement Administration has called “the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered.” Our legislators also share how they’re working to decrease overdoses in our community and beyond. Danica Lloyd, EDITOR
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location in Los Angeles in 2017. 832-328-8467. www.rakkanramen.com 6 Memorial Hermann-GoHealth Urgent Care opened a new center April 24 at 14119 Grant Road, Ste. 210, Cypress. This is the 18th location to open in the Greater Houston area this year, according to a news release. Officials said the facili- ty treats non-life-threatening conditions for patients age 6 months and older and offers on-site X-ray services, COVID-19 testing and flu vaccines. The clinic is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.gohealthuc.com/memorialhermann 7 HCA Houston Healthcare opened the new Fallbrook 24/7 Emergency Room at 13338 Hwy. 249, Houston, on May 1. The new full-service emergency room pro- vides a full range of emergency and out- patient services for adults and children. Scott Davis, HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest CEO, said the nine-bed facility functions as a regular HCA Houston Hos- pital ER. 346-422-2700. www.hcahoustonhealthcare.com 8 Legent North Houston Surgical Hos- pital in Tomball began operations May 2. Located at 24429 Hwy. 249, Tomball, the hospital offers total joint replacements; sports injury surgical repair; pain pro- cedures and injections; spine surgeries; imaging; and hand, foot, ankle and shoul- der surgery. Licensed for eight beds with five inpatient VIP suites, the facility is a surgical orthopedic and spine hospital, according to Kathryn T. Jones, interim chief nursing officer of the hospital. The building previously was the Memorial Hermann Tomball Hospital, which closed. 346-971-5784. www.legenthealth.com
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NOW OPEN 1 Moissy Fine Jewelry opened in March at Willowbrook Mall, mall management confirmed in mid-April. The store special- izes in moissanite fine jewelry and sits in Space 1226 in the mall, which is located at 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. Moissy Fine Jewelry has locations in Houston, Arizona and Ontario, according to the business’s website. www.moissyfinejewelry.com 2 At Willowbrook Mall, Fresca Palapa opened a new stand in March, accord- ing to mall management. The business
4 Taco Fuego has opened its fifth area location at 24150 Hwy. 290, Cypress. The restaurant celebrated Cinco De Mayo for its grand opening of the new location May 5. The eatery features six different tacos as well as other Mexican food dish- es made with fresh halal meat and locally sourced ingredients. 346-404-6786. www.tacofuego.com 5 Rakkan Ramen opened this spring at 12645 Hwy. 249, Ste. 500, Houston. The restaurant serves authentic Japanese ramen. The Japanese-based chain began in 2011 as a small, four-seat ramen bar in Tokyo, before opening its first overseas
sells juices in a variety of flavors as well as fresh fruit. The stand is located on the first floor of the mall, near Macy’s. Willowbrook Mall is located at 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. www.frescapalapa.net 3 Pranee’s Thai Cuisine and Noodle House , a family owned and operated restaurant, opened March 1 at 8100 Hwy. 6 N., Ste. C, Houston. Using fresh ingredients, the menu features an array of dishes offering traditional Thai cuisine such as pad thai and Thai curry as well as Thai tea or coffee. 832-501-9155. www.thaicuisinehouston.com
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Clutch City Cluckers food truck opened its ninth Greater Houston-area location in Cypress.
9 Samir and Putul Banerjie hosted a grand opening event for the new location of Office Evolution on May 3 at 14150 Huffmeister Road, Cypress. The couple said they wanted to bring a flexi- ble workspace option to their community to help support local businesses. Office Evolution offers private offices, rentable conference rooms, open co-working spaces, free snacks and coffee, mail services, an on-site receptionist, printer access, internet access, and other office needs. 346-588-9814. www.officeevolution.com 10 Pet Unique Grooming , a new pet grooming business, opened in the Cop- perfield area on April 3 at 15703 Longen- baugh Drive, Unit J, Houston. The spe- cialty grooming business offers a curated selection of quality pet services with four levels of grooming ranging from express bathing to full VIP grooming. 281-656-8493. www.petuniquegrooming.com 11 Arcpoint Labs opened March 6 at 12312 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 1200, Cypress, the second location in the Hous- ton area for franchise owner Kathleen Buckland. The lab performs DNA testing, thyroid panels and STD testing, and helps employers manage pre-employment, department of transportation, and drug and alcohol/background screenings. 832-632-3157. www.arcpointlabs.com/cypress 12 Come See Me On The Mat , a Brazil- ian jiujitsu training facility, is now open at 12430 Grant Road, Ste. D, Cypress. Classes are offered for both children and adults in Brazilian jiujitsu and condition- ing as well as summer camp programs. Courses emphasize discipline, loyalty,
and mental and physical health through self-defense training. 832-288-6995. www.comeseemeonthemat.net 13 Tavo’s Mexican Grill , a family owned and operated restaurant, opened in late May at 7626 Fry Road, Ste. 100, Cypress. Tavo’s was founded by Efrain Hernan- dez, his sister Lorena Hernandez and chef Guillermo Alvarez, and named for Hernandez’s late older brother Gustavo, whose nickname was Tavo. With over half a century of combined experience, the trio shares a passion for Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes and family culture in the 14 A disc golf course is in the works for Graceview Baptist Church at 21206 Telge Road, Tomball. A groundbreaking was held May 20 for the Eric Paddy Memo- rial Disc Golf Course , which is expected to open to the public in October with a walking trail around the course. www.graceview.org 15 Sake Sushi N’ Ramen will be opening a new location in Willowbrook Mall, mall management confirmed in mid-April. The restaurant is located in the mall’s food court and is expected to open this fall. Willowbrook Mall is located at 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. www.shopwillowbrookmall.com workplace. 281-861-4310. www.tavosmexicangrill.com COMING SOON 16 Pincho , a Miami-based burger and kebab concept, is bringing its Latin-in- spired take on American classics to Texas at 8828 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 80, Cy- press, on June 23. Pincho offers burgers, kebabs, fried cheese, chicken sandwiches,
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FEATURED IMPACT NOW OPEN Clutch City Cluckers , a Houston-based hot chicken food truck, opened its ninth truck location in the Houston area at 25950 Hwy. 290, Cypress, with a grand opening celebration the weekend of May 27-29. The truck serves hot chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, loaded fries and cauliower tenders along with new menu items including shrimp tacos. Clutch City Cluckers was founded by Ahmad Kilani, a native of Irbid, Jordan, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2015 to continue his education. While attending school, Kilani also worked at Abu Omar Halal, Houston’s rst halal food truck, inspiring him to build a career in the hot dogs and bowls. To celebrate the grand opening June 23, the restaurant will offer free Pincho burgers to the first 100 people in line. This will be the first of six locations coming to the Houston area, and the restaurant will partner with Houston bakery Bread Man Baking Co. to provide the burger buns for the Texas locations. www.pincho.com RELOCATIONS 17 In early April, La Savonnerie Divine reopened in Willowbrook Mall after moving locations, according to mall management. The boutique sells soap flowers, decorative soaps, body washes, bath bombs and skin care products. La
food industry. The food truck was part of Kilani’s mission to give back to Houston, the city that gave his food industry career a launching pad. www.clutchcitycluckers.com
Savonnerie Divine is located in Space 1202 after moving from Space 1226. Willowbrook Mall is located at 2000 Wil- lowbrook Mall, Houston. 315-979-9133. www.lasavonneriedivine.com CLOSINGS 18 Andy Andress announced on Facebook that Whatever Sports Bar was closed effective May 7. The local sports bar had been open since 2009 at 11902 Jones Road, Houston. Andress thanked his staff, patrons and support- ers of the sports bar, but said he has no future plans to open any new bars in the future. 281-807-9229. www.facebook.com/whateversportsbar
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LIVE MUSIC BOARDWALK TOWNE LAKE 9955 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress www.boardwalktl.com JUNE 09 Dan Golvach, 6:30 p.m. 10 Erica Nicole Duo, 6:30 p.m. 16 Lush Life Duo, 6:30 p.m. 17 Michael Raerty and Purple Moon Duo, 6:30 p.m.
JUNE 03 GIVE BACK BY GIVING BLOOD Brew:30 Taphouse will host a blood drive with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. 1-5:30 p.m. Free. Brew:30 Taphouse, 15914 Telge Road, Cypress. 281-516-9315. www.brew30taphouse.com 07 MEET ASTROS MASCOT ORBIT A local library will host Orbit at two reading shows for ages 4 and up. 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Free. LSC-CyFair Library, 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-290-3210. www.hcpl.net 09 THROUGH JULY 07 iCode School hosts a pizza and game night for kids. 6-9 p.m. (Fridays). $30 per student. iCode School, 25282 Hwy. 290, Ste. 260, Cypress. 832-653-9010. www.icodeschool.com/cypress 12 THROUGH AUG. 11 WATCH FUTURE STARS Stageworks Theatre will host one-week camps. 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. Prices vary. Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston. 281-587-6100. ENJOY A PARENTS NIGHT OUT www.stageworkshouston.org 14 THROUGH JULY 05 HAVE SUMMER FUN Enjoy crafts June 14, face painting June
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Rock 101 camp students ages 7-12 will explore their instruments through musical games and activities. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $450. 12904 Fry Road, Ste. 300, Cypress. 281-304-7625. www.schoolofrock.com (Courtesy School of Rock)
THE BACKYARD GRILL 9453 Jones Road, Houston www.thebackyardgrill.com JUNE 09 Mark Childres, 7 p.m. 16 Nate Gordon, 7 p.m. 23 Brian Anderson, 7 p.m. 30 Cody Taylor, 7 p.m. BREW:30 TAPHOUSE 15914 Telge Road, Cypress www.brew30taphouse.com JUNE 10 Loaded Dan, 6:30 p.m.
fair with opportunities ranging from teacher’s aides to bus drivers. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. https://tinyurl.com/csdparahourlyjobfair JULY 04 CELEBRATE AMERICA The city of Jersey Village will host a parade, live music, food, games, shopping and reworks. 6-9:30 p.m. Free (admission). Clark Henry Park, Equador Street, Jersey Village. 713-466-2100. www.jerseyvillagetx.com
28, and kids bingo June 21 and July 5. 6-8 p.m. Free (admission). The Backyard Grill, 9453 Jones Road, Houston. 281-897-9200. www.thebackyardgrill.com 19 THROUGH 23 SHOOT SOME HOOPS i9 Sports will host a basketball camp for children ages 5-13 who register by June 9. $150. Louetta Automotive Sports Complex, 17120 House & Hahl Road, Cypress. 281-807-7788. www.i9sports.com 29 FIND A JOB IN CYFAIR ISD Cy-Fair ISD is hosting a paraprofessional and support sta job
17 Hurry Sundown, 6:30 p.m. 23 Broken Cover, 6:30 p.m. 24 Righteous Cause Trio, 6:30 p.m.
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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Precinct 3 begins $1M bridge maintenance series work Harris County Precinct 3 officials initiated maintenance work on bridges in north Harris County this April, Local improvements included addressing erosion issues and repaving slopes to ensure safety and extend the life of the bridges. BUILDING BETTER BRIDGES
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including several in the Cy-Fair area. Repair work on the Fry Road bridge over Cypress Creek will start this summer. Additionally, work on the Senate Avenue bridge over White Oak Bayou in Jersey Village will start in mid-September. Precinct 3 Commu- nications Manager Jeannie Peng said repairs will address erosion issues and repave slopes to extend the life of the bridges. The projects are the first in a series of three bridge improvement pack- ages totaling $1 million funded by Precinct 3 that will cover 47 bridges across Cypress, Spring, Humble and Crosby, according to a news release. Peng said contracts were awarded for 22 bridges in Package 1, and they are expected to undergo repairs by the fourth quarter. Packages 2 and 3— which include the remaining bridges— had not been finalized or approved by Harris County Commissioners Court
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as of press time. The bridges were assessed by Precinct 3’s engineering and mainte- nance team, and they were selected for maintenance based on deficien- cies identified in the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation’s Bridge Inventory, Inspection and Appraisal Fry Road bridge over Cypress Creek Timeline: tentatively beginning in mid-July Cost: part of a $1 million bridge improvement package Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3 SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 3/COMMUNITY IMPACT
Program report. “Proactively scheduled mainte- nance projects like this help reduce long-term costs that may accrue from neglecting infrastructure as well as maintain safety standards for critical structures, such as bridges,” accord- ing to the release. Senate Avenue bridge over White Oak Bayou Timeline: tentatively beginning in mid-September Cost: part of a $1 million bridge improvement package Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 9. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT CYFNEWS@COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Left-turn lane extensions Harris County Precinct 3 completed the extension of the left-turn lanes at two Cypress-area intersections. One project took place on Barker Cypress Road at Longenbaugh Road, and the other was on Fry Road at Bridgeland Creek Parkway. Officials said these efforts will improve traffic flow. Timeline: October 2022-March 2023 Cost: $150,000 Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3
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CYFAIR FIRE DEPARTMENT STATIONS The re department’s rst station opened in 1978, and 12 additional stations have been added since. Harris County ESD No. 9 ocials are consulting with Citygate Associates to determine where future stations should be located.
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It’s been just over a year since three new commissioners—Naressa MacK- innon, Kevin Stertzel and Robert Paiva—were elected to serve on the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9 board following a campaign focused on transparency and tax relief. Local ocials said the past year has been marked by both challenges and successes. “To provide a high level of ser- vice it takes all three: the board of commissioners, the command sta that sets policy. and the boots on the ground—the reghters—and it’s great that we can all come together,” said Chris Fillmore, president of the Cy-Fair Professional Fireghters Association. Some of the major accomplish- ments of district leadership in the last year include hiring a consultant group to formulate short-term and long-term plans for the district; hiring dedicated resources to oversee nance and employee recruiting; and adding a mental health program for employees, ESD 9 ocials said. In addition, the board approved the implementation of a bilingual stipend, lowered the property tax rate, raised the elderly and disabled homestead exemptions, and pur- chased land for new re stations, board President MacKinnon said. “In the last year, I’ve learned to navigate and understand the inner workings of the re department and laws associated with the industry, ... to listen to the many dierent and interesting perspectives, and nd tting solutions as a team, and most importantly learned that our command sta and members are top- tier,” MacKinnon said in an email. Planning for the future The board hired consulting rm Citygate Associates to continue the long-range plan initiated prior to last May’s election. The rm has been contracted to provide a re master plan, community risk assessment, compliance audit and strategic plan. The assessment will position the district to meet existing and future service needs and analyze projected population growth to determine where new stations need to be
MEET THE BOARD Three of the board’s ve commissioners were elected last May, unseating incumbents as they promised to reduce property taxes and increase transparency. 1 9202 Rodney Ray Blvd., Houston 2 13040 Wortham Center Drive, Houston 3 11827 Telge Road, Cypress 4 18006 Humeister Road, Cypress 5 17819 Kieth Harrow Blvd., Houston 6 6404 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston 7 20444 Cypresswood Drive, Cypress 8 18210 FM 529, Cypress 9 7188 Cherry Park Drive, Houston 10 11310 Steeplecrest Drive, Houston 11 18132 West Road, Cypress 12 19780 Kieth Harrow Blvd., Katy 13 10222 Westgreen Blvd., Cypress
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human resources director to help recruit more rst responders. Finding talented and dedicated resources has not been easy for the district in recent years, Fillmore said. “Stang is a big issue not only in our district but across the nation. COVID[-19] had a big impact on the ranks of reghters and emergency medical personnel,” Fillmore said. Financial challenges In addition to recruitment, funding is always a top concern in emergency services, particularly when the Texas Legislature is in session, Ramon said. “Every legislative session, there’s pushback against ad valorem tax and sales tax. Those are our main sources of income to run the department and plan for the future, ... and since Senate Bill 2 was put in place [in 2019], our tax rate decreases every year,” she said. While the Cy-Fair Fire Department provides re, EMS and dispatch services for $0.06 per $100 valuation, Ramon noted other parts of the county pay taxes to two separate ESDs—up to $0.20 per $100 valuation. “Our property tax rate is half of what other districts have, and we should be proud of that low rate and the high quality of service we are providing,” Fillmore said.
located, Fire Chief Amy Ramon said in an email. New mental health program Another new initiative the board implemented is a mental health program for rst responders. “As a wife of a rst responder and a former volunteer myself, I’m deeply invested in keeping our public servants safe and healthy, especially mentally,” MacKinnon said. Fillmore said the emergency ser- vices sector has seen a rise in suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder. Citing data from the National Institute of Health, he said PTSD among reghters and paramedics is estimated to be up to 37% compared to the national rate of 6.8%. The new program consists of a critical stress management team and a peer support team, allowing rst responders 24/7 access to assistance. Stang the department MacKinnon said in the past year, the board identied a need for a nance director to streamline operations as well as a new marketing director to help raise community awareness about the department and to increase public safety. Another achievement MacKinnon cited was the decision to hire a
NARESSA MACKINNON Elected in 2022
KEVIN STERTZEL Elected in 2022 ROBERT PAIVA Elected in 2022 BEVIN GORDON Elected in 2020
DAVID LANGENBERG Elected in 2016
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Local health care data and information
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WORKFORCE BY COUNTY
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS, 2022
Per 100,000 residents
County rank statewide
Although Harris County is the largest of Texas’ 254 counties, it ranks 31st in terms of primary care physicians available per 100,000 residents, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, it ranks No. 14 in psychiatrists working compared to the overall population.
31 23 58
HARRIS COUNTY MONTGOMERY COUNTY FORT BEND COUNTY
Per 100,000 residents
County rank statewide
14 29 26
SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, HEALTH PROFESSIONS RESOURCE CENTER COMMUNITY IMPACT
HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR COUNTY?
These rankings of all counties statewide are updated annually but include data from previous years. The factors listed are not comprehensive.
HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE: HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE: Length of life
2023 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 244 RANKED COUNTIES
Quality of life • Poor mental and physical health days reported
14 10 13
4 4 9
28 31 66
Length of life Overall Quality of life
• Smoking and excessive drinking • Obesity • Physical activity • Alcohol-impaired driving deaths • Sexually transmitted infections • Teen births
• Educational attainment levels • Children in poverty • Income inequality • Violent crimes
Health behaviors Overall
32 36 222
12 13 224
127 62 241
Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care
Physical environment factors
• Health insurance coverage • Number of physicians, dentists, mental health providers • Preventable hospital stays • Flu vaccinations
• Air pollution • Drinking water violations • Housing problems • Long commutes
SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG COMMUNITY IMPACT
EMPLOYMENT TRENDS The Houston metro’s health care sector has continued to grow since the COVID-19 pandemic. Employment in this industry exceeded 300,000 in Harris County last fall.
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT
HOUSTON METRO MAY 2022 OCCUPATION ESTIMATES
Sept. 2020 Sept. 2021
Annual mean wage
$38,050 $284,520 $384,720 $133,260 $88,880 $400,020 $179,490 $108,580
2-year change +6.72% 2-year change +12.35% 2-year change +13.77%
Emergency medical technicians
Obstetricians and gynecologists
23,440 24,065 26,336
SOURCE: U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS COMMUNITY IMPACT
Registered nurses Physical therapists
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G R A N T R
News and information on local hospitals in Cypress and Cy-Fair SCHIELRD.
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1 HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress Trauma level: IV NICU level: N/A Number of beds: 163 Number of physicians: Data not provided Number of nurses: Data not provided One unique program or procedure: Utilizing robotic-assisted platform enables the interventional pulmonology team to identify and detect peripheral lung lesions using ultra- thin, ultra-exible technology. 21214 Hwy. 290, Cypress 8329123500 www.hcahoustonhealthcare.com/locations/ north-cypress
CHASEWOOD PARK DR.
Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital
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99 TOLL 3 Kindred Hospital Houston Northwest Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Number of beds: 84 Number of physicians: Data not provided Number of nurses: Data not provided 11297 Fallbrook Drive, Houston 2815171000 www.kindredhealthcare.com/locations/ transitional-care-hospitals/kindred-hospital- houston-northwest 4 Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital Trauma level: III NICU level: II Number of beds: 105 Number of physicians: 868 Number of nurses: 342 One unique program or procedure: Currently undergoing a $71.8 million campus expansion that will allow the hospital to E L O
2 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Trauma level: N/A NICU level: III Number of beds: 358 Number of physicians: 1,286 Number of nurses: 1,090
Number of physicians: 535 Number of nurses: 250
expand its medical capabilities and specialty programs 27800 Hwy. 290, Cypress 3462314000 www.memorialhermann.org/locations/cypress
One unique program or procedure: A top- performing emergency department within the St. Luke’s Health system for eciency, customer service and quality outcomes 20171 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston 8325345000 www.stlukeshealth.org/locations/ vintage-hospital
One unique program or procedure: Houston Methodist Willowbrook now oers minimally invasive TAVI procedure, providing faster recovery for patients with heart valve disease, and recently completed its 20th procedure. 18220 Hwy. 249, Houston 2817372500 www.houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook
5 St. Luke’s Health- The Vintage Hospital Trauma level: N/A NICU level: I Number of beds: 106
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DEVELOPMENT Cy-Fair-area population growth spurs health care development 2023 HEALTH CARE EDITION
BY DAVE MANNING
HONING IN ON HEALTH CARE Eorts to open new and expand existing health care facilities in Cy-Fair have ramped up in 2023 to meet the needs of a growing community.
HCA Houston Healthcare Fallbrook 24/7 ER
As Cy-Fair’s population continues to grow, area health care providers are aiming to keep pace with the demand for access to medical care. Medical facility administrators said it’s important that care be robust enough so residents don’t have to venture downtown to the Texas Medical Center. Area hospital CEOs said they believe continual planning and building are necessary to meet the demand for all levels of care from treatment for stroke and cardiac patients to wellness and tness. Expansions in progress Jerry Ashworth, the CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, said he is overseeing the completion of the build-out of all available space at the campus. A groundbreaking in March marked the start of new expansion eorts, which will include a second tower and subsequent sports complex. He said the hospital’s second-oor bed unit is on track to be complete in late summer. “It’s more than just us adding build- ings and parking garages and building out bed units,” Ashworth said. “It’s about us expanding the overall level of care that we provide.” He explained the hospital system used medical claim data from across Texas to determine what types of care are needed by ZIP code. Admin- istrators look to see how best to ll unmet needs in each community, using that data to determine what clinical programs are needed. “Just based on how we’re growing, ... we need those additional 40 beds—we need them today. So ... from a planning standpoint, we’ll start the overall planning in May while we’re still on this current project and poten- tially move to construction in the next two to three years,” Ashworth said. New facilities HCA Houston Healthcare opened the new Fallbrook 24/7 Emergency Room location o Hwy. 249 on May 1. Scott Davis, the CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, said the facility will help meet health care needs in the area, providing emergency and outpatient services for adults and children. Davis said the new nine-bed facility
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The new emergency facility features a hybrid operating room, a cardiology unit and a new neurosurgery suite. 13338 Hwy. 249, Houston
Houston Methodist Cypress Hospital
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VINTAGE PARK BLVD.
RENDERING COURTESY HOUSTON METHODIST
Set to open in early 2025, the hospital will be Houston Methodist’s second full- service hospital in northwest Houston. 24500 Hwy. 290, Cypress WILLOWBROOK MALL
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Faireld
Keeping up with growth Construction is also underway on the new Houston Methodist Cypress Hospital. The project is slated to open in early 2025 with about 200 beds, eventually expanding to 500 beds. The full-service campus will oer oncology, ortho-neuroscience and digestive health services. “The new campus is going to be beautiful, and we really want it to be a medical home for the community,” said Trent Fulin, Houston Methodist Cypress Hospital CEO. “We’re going to have a beautiful chapel and a wonder- ful prayer room. And the size of the new campus project … allows us to also build out a multi-sportsplex that will have softball elds, baseball elds, soccer and football.” The U.S. Census Bureau reported a 9.4% population increase in Cy-Fair from 2016-21. Ashworth said he believes the subsequent development and expansion of medical facilities in response to that growth creates access for those in the surrounding areas. “Look at the growth that’s hap- pening in the Cypress area, ... Waller County and into the Tomball area,” Ashworth said. “We like to joke on campus that from the fth oor of our south tower we can watch the growth of the community coming up right before our eyes.” 6
will function just like the traditional HCA Houston Healthcare ERs. “It provides great high-level care close to home and is easy accessibil- ity, not only for just walking into the community in the area as well as for EMS as well for critical patients that they might need to drop o for some type of urgent emergency care,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a great asset for the community.” A new Memorial Hermann- GoHealth Urgent Care center opened April 24 at the intersection of Grant and Spring Cypress roads. Ocials in a news release said the facility treats non-life-threatening conditions for patients age 6 months and older as well as oers on-site X-ray services, COVID-19 testing and u vaccines. Additionally, in January, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic opened its Faireld Clinic in Cypress. The 22,500-square-foot clinic provides family medicine and internal medi- cine primary care for adults as well as on-site X-ray and laboratory services, with plans to add ultrasounds, mam- mography, DEXA bone densitometry scans and a Kelsey Pharmacy. “Faireld residents will have greater access to comprehensive, quality health care in their neighborhood,” clinic administrator Holly Collins said in a statement.
A new clinic opened in January, oering family medicine and internal medicine as well as X-ray and laboratory services. 27020 Hwy. 290, Cypress L
Memorial Hermann-GoHealth Urgent Care
COURTESY MEMORIAL HERMANNGOHEALTH URGENT CARE
Opened April 24, it treats non-life- threatening conditions, and oers X-rays, COVID19 testing and u vaccines. 14119 Grant Road, Ste. 210, Cypress
Memorial Hermann Hospital Cypress
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The facility’s expansion includes a professional oce building, parking and Memorial Hermann Sports Park-Cypress. 27800 Hwy. 290, Cypress
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NONPROFIT Shield Bearer Counseling Centers Organization removes barriers to mental health care A bout 18% of Texans have a mental illness, but statewide there is just one mental health provider for every 760 residents, BY DANICA LLOYD Shield Bearer provided 15,130 counseling sessions in 2022. The most common issues addressed and individuals served included: Severe depression and anxiety YEAR IN REVIEW: 2022 # OF SESSIONS
“THE PAST FEW YEARS WAS A UNIVERSAL
TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYBODY.”
Executive Director Thad Cardine recently released a book and said proceeds from sales will go back to Shield Bearer.
according to Mental Health America. The report states when compared to the rest of the U.S., Texas ranks the worst in access to mental health care. Local nonprot Shield Bearer Counseling Centers has been working since 2005 to remove barriers to counseling. The organization has nine locations in addition to telehealth oerings; clients pay on a sliding scale system and are not turned away due to inability to pay; and licensed practitioners oer exible hours and address a range of needs. Executive Director Thad Cardine said the COVID- 19 pandemic led to all 40 counselors being trained in telehealth. Increasing access during this time proved necessary as the need multiplied. The organization saw an inux of marriage issues and domestic violence as well as an increasing need for teens, children, rst responders, pastors and caregivers seeking help, Cardine said. “And then with the young adults and teens, suicide being a major component. We responded to more suicide situations in the past year than we did since 2005 when we started,” he said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide claimed 48,183 lives in the U.S. in 2021, which amounts to one death every 11 minutes. “The past few years was a universal traumatic experience for everybody in one capacity or the other ... and one of the things that we’re preparing for is that most traumas and most experiences like this, you don’t really get the eect for ve to 10 years,” Cardine said. “So it’s only going to grow—that need.” Shield Bearer provided 15,130 counseling sessions in 2022, and 65% were for a reduced fee. Cardine said individuals don’t have to have a mental illness or traumatic experience to benet from counseling. The organization also oers “easy-entry” oppor- tunities to learn coping skills and other helpful tools through support groups and educational workshops.
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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES In addition to one-on-one counseling sessions, Shield Bearer oers support groups and workshops catered to specic audiences. Some examples include:
PTSD and severe trauma
42% telehealth sessions
FREE WEEKLY GROUPS
• “Good Grief” group meets Mondays from 1-2 p.m. to cover grief stages and remember loved ones. • “Skills Crews” group meets Tuesdays from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. with teens learning skills to navigate life. • “Adoptee” group meets Thursdays from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. for adoptees to discuss birth parents, adoptive parents and their experiences.
58% in-person sessions
FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOPS
Shield Bearer Counseling Centers 12337 Jones Road, Ste. 114, Houston 281-894-7222 www.shieldbearer.org Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. • “Condent and Successful Parenting” is presented on the second Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. • “Creating a Solid Rock Marriage” is presented on the second Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. • “Managing Life for Young Adults” is presented on the second Monday from 6:30-8 p.m.
SOURCE: SHIELD BEARER COUNSELING CENTERSCOMMUNITY IMPACT
These activities also help break down the stigma one might feel around seeing a counselor, he said. “I think many of us don’t convey any type of judgment or pass along shame when we talk to other people who bring up [mental health], but I think there is a personal stigma that is still quite large,” Cardine said. Cardine said it’s important for individuals to recognize their limits and prioritize self-care to maintain mental health—whether that means taking a break, turning o their phone, practicing mindful- ness, getting a counselor or attending a workshop. “I see mental health kind of like a spiral; the people who generally call our number have fallen to the bottom of that spiral,” he said. “But prior to them hitting the bottom, there was a spiral, and so call before then. Call and get a check-up and just talk it through with a counselor and have them help you.”
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