Lake Houston - Humble - Kingwood | June 2020

LAKE HOUSTON HUMBLE KINGWOOD EDITION 2020 HEALTHCARE EDITION As residents and businesses stay home to limit the spread of the coronavirus, medical professionals in the Lake Houston area are using telehealth services to connect with patients. TO TELEMEDICINE SWITCH THE I

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COVID19 pushes practices, hospitals to adapt LakeHouston-areamedical personnel transition, settle intotelemedicine

“There’s a lot of benets to using telemedicine, but it doesn’t work well for everything.”

DR. CYNTHIA SMOOT, PEDIATRICIAN AT TEXAS CHILDREN’S PEDIATRICS HUMBLE KINGWOOD

BY KELLY SCHAFLER

standard hospitals and clinics, including mobile health vehicles and telehealth. Dr. Sherri Onyiego, interimdirec- tor of nutrition and chronic disease prevention at HCPH, said via email transportation barriers and health insurance can deter people from seeking health care in traditional settings, pushing the need for more mobile and telehealth services. “It is important to oer alterna- tives to traditional ‘brick andmortar health care’ given that health truly happens outside the four walls of the traditional health care system,” she said.

Many hospitals and primary care facilities in the Lake Houston area are adapting to oer telehealth services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Even after state stay-at- home orders ended in May, many residents still wanted to limit their risk of exposure. The need for more telehealth systems in the area has long been a topic of discussion among local health experts. Harris County Public Health released the “Harris Cares: A 2020 Vision of Health in Harris County” in November. The report recommended HCPH invest in more versatile alternatives to

CONDITIONS SEEN VIA TELEMEDICINE AT THIS FACILITY:

Sick visits

Well checkups

Follow-up appointments

Vaccinations

Rashes

“I would expect we will see—not just at Kingwood Emergency Hospital, but the nation as a whole—continued expansion of virtual visits.” JEREMY BRYNES, CEO AT KINGWOOD EMERGENCY HOSPITAL

Neurological issues Ear problems CONDITIONS SEEN VIA TELEMEDICINE AT THIS FACILITY: Sinus infections

Colds or u

Orthopedic issues

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SOURCES: TEXAS CHILDREN'S PEDIATRICS, KINGWOOD EMERGENCY HOSPITALCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Water park reopens despite state orders

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BY KELLY SCHAFLER

Facebook post that it is moved forward with its May 23 reopen- ing in spite of state orders. Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent set of executive orders May 18 included reopening for various businesses through May 29, but the orders main- tained that water parks and other amusement venues, such as amusement parks and video

arcades, should remain closed. Order violations can result in nes and/or license suspension or revocation, according to a spokesperson for the gover- nor’s oce. In an interview prior to Abbott’s May 18 announce- ment, Grand Texas CEO Monty Galland said he believed many CONTINUED ON 18

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As the economy begins to reopen during the coronavi- rus outbreak, the fate of many interactive amusement venues is still unclear. However, ocials at Big Riv- ers Waterpark & Adventures in New Caney, which is part of the 632-acre Grand Texas development, conrmed via a

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According to several Facebook posts, Grand Texas ocials pushed forward with opening the water park on May 23 despite state orders. (Kelly Schaer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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