Hospital Open House, Biz Meet & Spaghetti at Fluor
Quite impressive facilities at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Breast Care Center and Heart and Vascular Center, which recently hosted a double open house this month showcasing streamlined areas. The specialty facilities are behind the hospital, in a southerly direction down the road from First Colony Mall alongside U.S. 59, and they face Town Center Boulevard close to the AMC First Colony movie theaters.
In an event on Feb. 4th organized by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce for the hospital, there was a tour of both specialty centers with greets from former Missouri City Councilman Robin Elackatt, who’s been a hospital administrator with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for close to 7 years now. “It’s great being a part of the open house,” said Elackatt, as he welcomed guests at the special gathering. This week, he was also involved in a community awareness forum with the MCPD police department and remains active throughout the area much like Fort Bend Chamber President and CEO Keri Curtis Schmidt in somewhat different and similar circles. Schmidt, principal to directing many notable community events assisting 1,200 plus member companies and organizations, not unlike Elackatt is about access and influence like other impactful leaders in Fort Bend.
At the open house, a feature pointed out was the expanded Chest Pain Center, functioning as part of the Vascular Center with interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery services. The Breast Care Center, as explained during one of the tours, also provides low-dose radiation, multiple image mammography, state of the art 3-D mammography. “So fortunate to be in Sugar Land,” was among the feedback at the open house.
The Tri-City Business Alliance under David Hamner’s lead continues to enjoy a reputation for networking. In last week’s event at what serves as the Emergency Operations Center on Cartwright Road in Missouri City, business leaders met and were able to visit with new city manager, Anthony Snipes, who accepted the position last fall. Fire Chief Russell Sander, who was in attendance, announced that the city received the top ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating of number one. In 2007, the city’s ISO rating of 4 went up to a 3. At one time, almost all insurance companies calculated rates for homeowners based on the ISO rating and irrespective of that, it represents a gauge about a fire department’s operations; in this case, accomplished during Sander’s tenure. Sanders, who’s been fire chief since 2006, announced that he will be leaving Missouri City soon to spend time with his aging parents in Marble Falls near Austin. See photos online fortbendstar.com.
Upcoming in Fort Bend, event chair, Rod “The Storyteller” White, invites the public to what is now the 29th year of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land’s annual fundraiser, the Spaghetti Cook-Off. It’s on Friday, February 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fluor Corporation cafeteria, 1 Fluor Daniel Drive in Sugar Land. The proceeds of the family friendly event support local non-profits where local law enforcement agencies and firefighters compete in a Spaghetti Sauce Cook-off for a coveted trophy. Their yummy spaghetti is what is served and it comes complete with a salad, bread and drink. Together with Lynn Krauss, event co-chair, White notes there are tax deductible benefits for participating and the donations will also help support the continuing work of the Exchange Club. For ticket and other information, visit ecl.org.
This past week we said goodbye to a community leader, Barbara Nesbitt “Babs” Miller, wife of District 26 State Rep. Rick Miller. With a tremendous outpouring of friends and family at her wake, service and funeral, she has been laid to rest after a meaningful life, when both she and her husband of 47 years lived throughout the U.S. before settling in Texas 16 years ago.