Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | June 2022

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JOINING THE ROLLS The amount of people who enrolled in Medicaid has been increasing in Fort Bend County since March 2020. SOURCES: TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Medicaid expiration could put enrollees at risk When the coronavirus pandemic emerged in March 2020, the U.S. gov- ernment issued a requirement that states could no longer kick people o Medicaid during the public health emergency. The purpose was to prevent people on Medicaid—a government-run health care policy—from being left with- out insurance on short notice. That requirement is still in place two years later, but health care advo- cates in Texas and Houston said they are worried about what could happen when it ends and millions of people have their safety nets put into jeopardy. The Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, estimated as many as 1.3 million Texans could be deemed ineligible for Medic- aid once the public health emer- gency ends. Roughly 3.7 million of the 5.2 million Texans enrolled in CONTINUED ON 24 BY SHAWN ARRAJJ & LAURA ROBB

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Fort Bend ISD looks to solve short- and long-term nancial woes

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Fort Bend ISD is facing a $49 million shortfall as its board of trustees will soon approve the scal year 2022-23 budget, sched- uled for June. In comparison, FBISD has faced at least a $19 million decit over the last two years, both in FY 2021-22 and FY 2020-21—the rst signicant decit it has faced in 13 years. District ocials have proposed implementing both tempo- rary and longer-term solutions aimed at bridging the short- fall, including the use of $27 million in unallocated federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds CONTINUED ON 28

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In an emergency, distance makes a difference.

A health emergency is something most of us would rather prevent than plan for. But when you need medical care fast, the closest emergency room is a smart thing to know. As your neighborhood hospital, St. Luke's Health–Sugar Land is your direct path between feeling scared or uncomfortable and feeling better. And you’ll be there in the shortest possible time.

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into one of the largest credit unions in Houston, serving more than 130,000 members with 17 solution center loca- tions and more than $2 billion in assets. 281-488-7070. www.wellbynancial.com 4 The city of Missouri City has opened a new re station. Fire Station No. 6 , a new $5.1 million administration building at 18411 Parks Edge Blvd., Missouri City, opened May 7. The re station houses one re engine as well as reghters, re marshals, training and professional devel- opment sta, and administrative support sta. The two-story, 16,752-square-foot building includes an additional bay for emergency responder vehicles, sta living facilities, a kitchen, an emergency generator, storage and oce space. 281-403-8500. www.missouricitytx.gov 5 Fast-casual chain Ori’Zaba’s Mexican Grill opened a new Sugar Land location at 13513 University Blvd., Sugar Land. Ori’Zaba’s ocially had a soft opening May 10. The restaurant oers a menu that includes burritos, tacos and salads with customers able to pick from a host of options from a variety of ingredients, including a choice of protein, rice, beans, or potatoes; a variety of salsa; and other toppings, including queso and guacamo- le. The fast-casual chain also features vegetarian meals and a gluten-free menu. 281-302-6875. www.zabas.com 6 The South Post Oak Sportsplex , a $6 million project aimed at pro- viding space for youth sports in Fort Bend-Houston, had a grand opening ceremony May 21 at 5685 Hobby Road, Houston. It oers two 100-yard football elds with bleachers on both sides for spectators and families, a full-size press

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NOW OPEN 1 Water Tree Riverstone , an alkaline water and health store, is now open in Sugar Land. The store held a soft opening in March at its location at 4821 LJ Park- way, Ste. 15, Sugar Land, with a grand opening scheduled in July. Water Tree oers higher-PH specialty waters with electrolytes in a variety of sizes along with a relling station available that processes water in house, home systems, alkalizers and water delivery services. 832-774-3701. www.watertreeriverstone.com

2 A new barbershop is now open in Missouri City. The Shave Joint , a full-service barbershop with a host of oerings, ocially opened its doors April 29 at 2855 Dulles Ave., Missouri City. The barbershop oers a compli- mentary bar along with membership packages for a full spectrum of groom- ing services, including traditional shaves, haircuts, beard trimming, hot towel service, ear and nose cleanup, and neck shaves. The barbershop also has future plans to add services for women. 281-969-5062. www.theshavejoint.com

3 One of Houston’s largest credit unions, Wellby , opened a new location in the H-E-B grocery store at 530 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land. Wellby opened the new center April 23, the credit union said in an April 19 news release, oering both notary and ATM services, according to the credit union website. The opening comes as the credit union expands its oerings in Greater Houston area with planned openings for new centers in both Katy and Cypress, according to the release. Wellby, which was established in 1961 to serve the employees and fam- ilies of Johnson Space Center, has grown

      

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COMING SOON 10 Williams Smokehouse BBQ and Blues , an old-school traditional Texas barbecue concept with a modern Creole twist, will open in November at Sugar Land Town Square. Sugar Land natives and co-founders Kennis Williams and Furrest Greenwood will bring the barbe- cue restaurant to a 5,500-square-foot space, including a patio, at 2105 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land. It will bring a va- riety of items, including smoked stued turkey legs lled with dirty rice and topped with shrimp and sausage Alfredo sauce; homemade armadillo eggs made with homemade sausage wrapped around a bacon-wrapped jalapeno stued with smoked gouda; and Creole candy smoked wings. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com 11 Dorado Nail Bar is planning a soft opening in June at 18802 University Blvd., Ste. 135, Sugar Land. The salon will oer a variety of services, including gel manicures, dipping powder, pedi- cures, acrylic nail services, waxing and facials, the owner said. The website and phone number for the salon are still under construction. 12 Quick Quack Car Wash , the chain of car washes oering fast, guided service and brushless technology, will soon open a new car wash in Sugar Land. Located on the 6600 block of Hwy. 90 next to Murphy Express, the car wash is slated to open this summer. Quick Quack Car Wash oers three unlimited car wash membership packages that start at $19.99 per month with multicar discount pricing available for up to four addition- al cars from the same household. The Hwy. 90 location will be the second

box, men’s and women’s restrooms, a concession stand and four meeting rooms for teams to rest between games. 281-835-9419. www.fortbendcountytx.gov 7 Executive Nails & Spa , a family-owned nail salon chain, opened a new location in Sugar Land Town Square. Located at 2178 Texas Drive, Sugar Land, Executive Nails & Spa Sugar Land had a soft opening April 11, according to the nail spa Facebook page. The nail spa, which oers manicure, nail and pedicure services in addition to waxing, also oers a full complimentary beverage bar up to three mixed beverag- es, including Vietnamese coee, snacks, chips and crackers. 346-874-7942. www.executivenailsspasugarland.com 8 Lotus Seafood , a seafood restau- rant based in the Houston area, had a soft opening May 25 for a new location in Staord at 2903 S. Main St., Ste. A. Lotus Seafood oers a variety of seafood options, including fried cat- sh lets, shrimp and oysters; famous combo specials, including its Loud Pack and Hot Box; and other nonseafood options, including chicken wings, rice, noodles and its signature “crack sauce.” 346-787-4888. www.lotus-seafood.com 9 A new specialty market focusing on African Caribbean items has had its soft opening in Sugar Land. With eyes on a June grand opening at 2444 Settlers Way Blvd., Sugar Land, En Sisters Afri- can Market is looking to bring grocery items, ethnic products and an exchange of cultural experiences. The market will oer a variety of African Caribbean dry goods, spices and culinary items along with condiments, grains and grocery items. 281-756-7040. www.ensisters.com

The new Sugar Land location is one of three new Cordovan Art School locations in Houston.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOW OPEN Cordovan Art School , the art school oering classes across a variety of mediums, including pottery, oil painting, chalk, pencils, pastels, watercolor, clay and acrylic, opened a new Sugar Land location. The location opened May 26 at 3219 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land. In addition to classes, Cordovan is oering over 40 themed summer camps from May 31-Aug. 19, including live animals, video game art, superheroes, anime, Sugar Land location to open this year. www.dontdrivedirty.com 13 A new Porsche dealership that is coming to Sugar Land broke ground May 13. IndiGO Auto Group hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the dealership, which will be located at 13424 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, when construction is slated to be complete in July 2023. When con- struction on the 150,000-square-foot facility is complete, it will mark the 24th franchised dealership for indiGO Auto Group. Porsche Sugar Land is project- ed to employ over 50 employees in a multitude of sales and service positions. www.indigoautogroup.com

pets, space art and fantasy art. The art school also oers a variety of events and workshops every month. 281-720-6540. www.cordovanartschool.com

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ANNIVERSARIES 14 Beard Papa’s , a cream pu store, celebrated its one-year anniversary on March 13 at 3516 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land. At Beard Papa’s, patrons rst pick a cream pu shell—available in chocolate, green tea, honey butter, strawberry, Oreo and other avors—and then select either vanilla, green tea or chocolate lling, which is made from whipped cream and vanilla custard cream. Beard Papa’s, which oers online ordering, also serves creme brulee, fondants and cheese- cakes. The franchise began in Japan in 1999 and has since expanded more than 400 stores across 15 countries. 281-302-5289. www.beardpapas.com

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MUMMIES ARE TAKING OVER SUGAR LAND THIS SUMMER! Now Open Straight from the big screen to your backyard, Expedition Egypt is the family-friendly summer blockbuster you star in when you visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land! You and your little ones become Junior Archaeologists as you uncover 2,000 year old mysteries and learn how Ancient Egypt has influenced culture today.

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June & July events

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The School of Rock Sugar Land will host a music camp for kids ages 8-12. Kids who attend will learn the basics of playing instruments and play music together. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $419. School of Rock Sugar Land, 1935 Lakeside Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. 832-939-8788. www.schoolofrock.com

The Sugar Land Space Cowboys will have a series of home and away games this summer. For the July 6 home game against the El Paso Chihuahuas, the stadium will serve $1 hot dogs. 7:05 p.m. $7-$57. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. 281-240-4487. www.milb.com/sugar-land

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WORTH THE DRIVE June 24: Attend an expo Blue Prolic Studios will host an art and small-business expo. Attendees can enjoy music and cocktails while hearing a poetry performance and viewing artist pop-ups and more. Sharespace Naylor 1120 Naylor St., Houston 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Free-$10. 937-718-7286 www.blueprolicstudios.com/events

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18 CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation will host multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth but have its 19th annual concert in the park June 18. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. 6 p.m. Free. Hunters Glen Park, 1340 Independence Blvd., Missouri City. 281-545-5009. www. missouricityjuneteenthcelebration.com 18 SEE A TRIBUTE BAND The Texas Eagles, a Houston-based Eagles tribute band, will perform the biggest hits made famous by the Eagles at Sugar Land Town Square. 7:30-9:30

JUNE 10 WATCH A NETFLIX SHOW COME TO LIFE Cast members of the hit Netix show “Cheer” is going on tour and coming to the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. The performance will feature cheerleaders, including Gabi Butler and Morgan Simianer, from Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College along with coach Monica Aldama. 7:30 p.m. $29.95-$149.95. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-207-6278. www.smartnancialcentre.net

p.m. Free. Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. 281-242-2000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com JULY 04 WATCH THE FIREWORKS The city of Missouri City will have its annual Independence Day Festival. The city is still waiting to release additional details, but previous festivals have included live music, free entertainment and various vendors. 4-9:15 p.m. Free. City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. 281-403-8637. www.missouricitytx.gov

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Missouri City set to start Sienna Parkway widening project

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ONGOING PROJECTS

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Missouri City is looking to begin a $5.2 million roadway widening and improvement project on Sienna Parkway this summer, though an exact date is not known. Funded through a partnership between Fort Bend County and the Sienna Management District, which manages 345 acres within Missouri City’s city limits, the project aims to increase capacity at intersections along Sienna Parkway between the limits of Hwy. 6 to the north and McKeever Road to the south. “The total project is designed to alleviate congestion and improve mobility along this major corridor that serves the Sienna area,” said Shashi Kumar, Missouri City’s public works director, via email.

The project will add a series of turn lanes and median enhancements. It will also widen shoulders at the intersections of Hwy. 6, Trammel Fresno Road, Sienna Springs Boule- vard, Watts Plantation Road, Sienna Ranch Road and McKeever Road. Sienna resident Jackie Terry said the congestion on Sienna Parkway can get so bad that it keeps her at home sometimes. “It is a mess,” Terry said. “I hope whatever they’re doing fixes it, because right now it can take an hour to go 5 miles down the road. The traffic makes me not want to even leave my house.” The phased project will span until 2023. An exact completion date is not known, according to city officials.

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City Hall Drive reconstruction A project that will reconstruct City Hall Drive, which connects Texas Parkway to the City Hall complex and to the Missouri City branch of the Fort Bend County Libraries, has gone out to bid. The city said the roadway has reached its useful life. Meanwhile, the city will receive construction bids by June 22, with award of the bid sched- uled for July 18. Timeline: Early September 2022-TBD Cost: $2 million Funding sources: Missouri City, Fort Bend County

Sugar Land looks at speeding on 22 city roads

STUDY STATS The analysis for the study should be available by September, officials said. cost of study $139K miles of road 11.77

A speed study focusing on 22 Sugar Land road- ways is underway after it received the green light at an April 19 Sugar Land City Council meeting. The contract, which amounted to $138,634, went to Alliance Trans- portation Group Inc., a Houston-based transporta- tion engineering firm, and will fund a study collecting data through the summer. The study will look at 22 roads and aims to identify

roadways with speed lim- its that are not appropriate for road, traffic or land-use conditions. Texas law has a default limit of 30 mph on urban streets and 70 mph on highways outside of urban districts—but municipal- ities, such as the city of Sugar Land, can alter those speed limits. The contract was funded through the FY 2021-22 public works traffic division’s operations and

maintenance budget. According to city docu- ments, effective speed zoning can improve safety, make law enforcement eas- ier by giving police officers an indication of excessive speed, reduce accidents, and reduce the frequency and severity of crashes when the zoning is accom- panied by enforcement. Additionally, city documents stated arti- ficially lowering speed limits diminishes their

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effectiveness, decreases safety, and promotes dis- regard for speed limits and other traffic regulations. Officials expect the study analysis to be complete by the end of September.

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NUMBER TO KNOW shortfall at Fort Bend ISD $49M CITY HIGHLIGHTS SUGAR LAND Part of a drainage project in the Sugar Creek subdivision is getting expedited after Sugar Land City Council approved $824,000 for the section at a May 17 meeting. The first phase of two phases, which includes 2,100 feet of storm sewer, was 75% complete as of the meeting. Phase 2 is planned for 2024. With the approval, a portion of the second phase is now being grouped into the timeline of Phase 1 to lock in contract rates among rising construction costs. City officials said the reallocation is possible because while $4.8 million was budgeted for Phase 1, $3.2 million was used. The project will include the upsizing of storm sewer pipes, outfall and inlets with pavement replacement and is budgeted for $8.8 million. Sugar Land City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 21 at 2700 Town Center Blvd. N., Sugar Land. Meetings are livestreamed and in person. 281-275-2900. www.sugarlandtx.gov Missouri City City Council will meet at 7 p.m. June 21 at 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. Meetings are livestreamed and in person. 281-403-8500. www.missouricitytx.gov Fort Bend County Commissioners Court will meet at 1 p.m. June 14 at 401 Jackson St., Richmond. Meetings are livestreamed and in person. 281-342-3411. www.fortbendcountytx.gov The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. June 13 at 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. Meetings are livestreamed and in MEETINGS WE COVER

Water treatment plant expansion enters design phase

BY HUNTER MARROW

A NEW FACILITY

MISSOURI CITY Design work on a $14 million expan- sion project expected to add capacity to Missouri City’s Mustang Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant is scheduled to take approximately six months, city officials said. On May 16, Missouri City City Council approved hiring engineering consulting firm HR Green Inc. to design the project, according to agenda documents. The expansion will increase the total capacity of the plant to approxi- mately 3 million gallons of wastewater per day, according to agenda documents. The existing site, which consists of two package plants, one concrete plant and a recently integrated package plant, is capable of a capacity of 1.95 million gallons per day, according to agenda documents. Missouri City operates and maintains these facilities, which continue to see increased demand, city officials said.

The project is expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2023.

6 MONTHS of design

3 MILLION gallons per day

$14 MILLION toward expansion

SOURCE: CITY OF MISSOURI CITY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

“This part of the city is experiencing rapid growth,” said Shashi Kumar, Missouri City public works director, via email. “This [wastewater treatment plant] expansion is needed to support [that] growth.” An exact date on when construction on the expansion will begin is unknown, though construction is anticipated to begin in spring or summer of 2023, Kumar said.

Sugar Land, FBISD exchange land

FBISD passes $14.7M in staff pay raises

NEW PAY RATES The teacher adjustments will cost $8 million.

$59,500 starting teachers $80,000 teachers with 40 years of experience

BY LAURA ROBB

BY HUNTER MARROW

SUGAR LAND At a May 17 meeting, Sugar Land City Coun- cil unanimously approved the exchange of 0.87 acres between the city and Fort Bend ISD. The land received by FBISD will be used to develop outdoor athletic facilities, such as a track, for Sugar Land Middle School. The land will come from City Park, which is adjacent to the middle school. In return, the city gained 0.87 acres of property from Colony Bend Elementary School, which will better define ownership of an existing soccer field, according to meeting documents.

FORT BEND ISD At its May 16 meeting, the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees unanimously approved compensation adjustments worth $14.7 million for teaching and nonteaching staff. Starting in the 2022-23 school year, the district will increase the starting teacher pay by $1,000, from $58,500 to $59,500. The adjustments also include $500 step increases for each year of experience. The compensation adjustments for teachers will cost $8 million. That means starting teachers will have a yearly salary of $59,500, while teachers with 40 years of experience will have a yearly salary of $80,000.

SOURCE: FORT BEND ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

The district will also spend $5 million on nonteacher pay increases, with an additional $600,000 coming from the child nutrition and extended learning funds, per agenda docu- ments. An additional $1.1 million would adjust pay for 966 staff in hard-to-fill positions and pay for an additional 28 calendar days worked by select district staff. The adjustments come as the dis- trict faces a nearly $49 million short- fall for the fiscal year 2022-23 budget, according to FBISD projections.

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Local health care data and information

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COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH

TRACKING VACCINATIONS Fort Bend County remains above the state average when it comes to the percentage of residents fully vaccinated. Data is up to date as of June 6.

These rankings of all counties statewide are updated annually but include data from previous years. The factors listed are not comprehensive.

78.99% PERCENTAGE OF RESIDENTS AGE 5+ FULLY VACCINATED

TOTAL VACCINES ADMINISTERED 1.5M

FORT BEND COUNTY

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

• LENGTH OF LIFE • QUALITY OF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

65.71%

45.21M

2022 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 244 COUNTIES

State total

State average

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICALCARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMICFACTORS , 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

HEALTH CARE EMPLOYMENT TRENDS HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT Health care employment in Fort Bend County has seen a slight increase since 2019.

HEALTH OUTCOMES

4 4

Length of life Overall Quality of life

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Sept. 2019

Sept. 2020

Sept. 2021

HEALTH FACTORS

29,798

2-year change +3.4%

1 5

Overall

29,156

Health behaviors

30,812

16 15

Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

2022 HEALTH CARE EDITION

COMPILED BY HUNTER MARROW

KEY

Hospitals

Retail clinic R

Urgent care center U

Emergency room E

Oers COVID19 vaccines V

Oers u vaccines F

Oers COVID19 testing T

HOSPITALS 1 CHI St. Luke’s Health- Sugar Land Hospital Trauma level: pursuing Level IV NICU level: II Number of beds: 100 Total number of employees: 355 Total number of sta openings: 140

1317 Lake Pointe Parkway, Sugar Land 2816377000 www.stlukeshealth.org/locations/ sugar-land-hospital 2 Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Trauma level: N/A NICU level: II Number of beds: 350 Total number of employees: 2,442 Total number of sta openings: 256 16665 Hwy. 59, Sugar Land 2812747000 www.houstonmethodist.org/sugar-land 3 Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Trauma level: IV NICU level: II Number of beds: 179 Total number of employees: 1,080 Total number of sta openings: 159 17500 W. Grand Parkway S., Sugar Land 2817255000 www.memorialhermann.org/ locations/sugar-land ERS, URGENT CARE & RETAIL CLINICS 4 CareNow Urgent Care U T V F 1403 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land 8322600640 www.carenow.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 5 Family Urgent Care Clinic U T 6202 Hwy. 6, Ste. C, Missouri City 2817787555 www.urgentcarecentermissouricity.com Hours: Sun.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

COURTESY MEMORIAL HERMANN Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has achieved Magnet recognition.

HOSPITAL UPDATE Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital On April 22, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital announced the hospital achieved Magnet recognition due to its nursing professionalism, teamwork and high marks in patient care. The honor, distinguished through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, places Memorial Hermann Sugar Land in a global community of Magnet- recognized organizations. “Designation as a Magnet facility recognizes the excellence and commitment of our nursing sta and

entire workforce,” said Malisha Patel, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, in the release. The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes, according to the news release. Through this framework, the American Nurses Credentialing Center gauges an organization’s nursing excellence. The model comprises elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care, including the quality of nursing leadership, coordination and collaboration, and processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

MOST ADVANCED TRAUMA VS. NICU LEVELS

Highest level of care, more specialist physicians available, can treat more serious conditions

Trauma level

NICU level

6 Hospitality Urgent Care U T 4734 LJ Parkway, Unit 310, Sugar Land 2817787210 www.hospitalityurgentcare.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 Prime Urgent Care U T 8035 Hwy. 6, Ste. 170, Missouri City 7133403111 www.primeuc.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8 Signature Care Emergency Center-Staord E T 3531 S. Main St. Staord 2813060617 www.ercare24.com/staord

LEVEL I

LEVEL IV

1

LEVEL II

LEVEL III

LEVEL III

LEVEL II

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital

COURTESY CHI ST. LUKE’S HEALTH

Hours: 24/7 9 Best Health Urgent Care & Clinic U T 3003 Texas Parkway, Unit B, Missouri City 3463748402

LEVEL IV

LEVEL I

LEAST ADVANCED

Lowest level of care, more likely to have to transfer to higher level for serious conditions

www.besthealthurgentcare.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m-5 p.m.

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

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