Community CPR/AED and First Aid Training takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month (except in November and December). The classes take place at the Harris County ESD 48 Administration Building located at 21201 Morton Road, Katy, Texas 77449. For more information or to RSVP call 832-851-0079 or email email@example.com.
This message is to inform you that the restriction of outdoor activities has been lifted for all Katy ISD campuses. After school activities will proceed as scheduled, which include UIL.
Early this afternoon, the District took precautionary action in response to an environmental occurrence in the area. According to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, there is no health concern with the smell. The Houston Fire Department has been checking air quality monitors and has confirmed there is no health concern.
Thank you for your patience, support and partnership in helping to keep our students safe.
This message is to inform you that Katy ISD campuses are taking precautionary action in response to an environmental occurrence in the area. It’s being reported by media outlets that a chemical odor may have been released by a Channelview chemical plant.
As a result, all campuses will be restricting outdoor activities until we learn more from law enforcement and environmental agencies monitoring the situation.
Thank you for your patience, support and partnership in helping to keep our students safe.
HOUSTON – Harris County Emergency Management officials tell KHOU 11 News they are investigating the burning plastic smell reported by residents across the Houston area.
At about 11:30 a.m. Monday the Houston Fire Department tweeted, “@cohoustonfire is experiencing an increase in 911 calls b/c of suspicious odor. Air-quality-monitoring shows no cause for concern.”
Some KHOU 11 viewers on the southeast side first reported the small around 10 a.m. By 11 a.m. the smell and an apparent haze covered most of downtown Houston and the west side, with some reports from as far north as Bush Airport.
Air Alliance Houston says the CAER phone line, which alerts the community to plant and refinery operations, reported there were flare-offs at the Lyondell Basell facility in Channelview. The plant there indicated there was “no risk to community.” It’s not yet confirmed that the smell indeed came from Lyondell Basell.
KHOU 11’s tower camera and Houston TranStar freeway cameras showed a white haze across the area.
Getting closer to noon time the haze over downtown appeared to be clearing.
Each day an average of 60 – 80 unwanted animals arrive at the Harris County Animal Shelter. Almost all of them are victims of our community’s pet overpopulation problem. Although it is normally in the spring that the shelter receives an increase of litters of unwanted pets, this winter many litters of puppies and kittens continue to arrive at the shelter. Responsible pet owners can help reduce the overpopulation of animals by spaying and neutering their dogs and cats.
In commemoration of National Spay and Neuter Awareness month, many organizations across Houston and Harris County are collaborating in the “Big Fix,” an event to raise awareness of the stray animal overpopulation problem in our community.
Thanks to the generosity of our partners and volunteers, the Harris County Animal Shelter is providing FREE spaying/neutering services to pets from unincorporated Harris County on February 11, 2017. The Shelter’s Animal Control Officers spread the word in communities with higher stray animal populations. The demand for these types of services are so great that all of the almost 200 spay/neuter spots for dogs and are already full.
“We are so grateful to several local veterinarians and volunteers who are donating their time to assist our Shelter in this important event! We continue to look for ways to make it easier and cheaper for pet owners to spay and neuter, it’s the only way to stop producing more animals than we have homes for” said Dr. Michael White, HCPH Veterinary Public Health Director.
In addition to preventing overpopulation, spaying and neutering makes for safe communities, healthier pets, especially if done before 6 months. Spaying and neutering has shown to:
Reduce or prevent many types of pet cancers and other health problems.
Help keep pets from digging out of back yards and wandering the neighborhood where they can be hit by cars or get hurt by other animals.
Make animals easier to train and pets are happier.
Make pets less likely to bite people.
Keep unwanted animals from bringing diseases into neighborhoods and occasionally into
Help prevent unwanted or uncared for animals (animal dumping).
Decrease overcrowding of animal shelters and increase the chance of finding forever homes for all.
If you love your pets, love them enough to spay and neuter them!
The Harris County Animal Shelter is part of Veterinary Public Health (VPH), a Division of Harris County Public Health. VPH provides shelter, care and adoptions for homeless pets, animal control in neighborhoods, zoonotic disease surveillance, and education on responsible pet ownership.
Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce Heath Rushing as Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress. Rushing, who previously served as Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, will officially begin his role on Monday, February 6.
“Having a single leader for the two hospitals speaks to Memorial Hermann’s commitment to providing coordinated and consistent care throughout the System. We are confident this streamlined structure will foster a spirit of collaboration, allowing us to better meet the healthcare needs of the entire region,” says Craig Cordola, Sr. Vice President & Regional President – West, Memorial Hermann Health System.
Rushing joined Memorial Hermann in 2002 and throughout his career he has held several leadership roles. During Rushing’s tenure at Memorial Hermann Northeast, the hospital became a certified primary stroke center, introduced the community’s first neurosurgery spine program, began a start-up interventional cardiology program, and re-established the hospital’s peripheral vascular program. Rushing also established deep roots in the community, serving on a variety of community boards within the Lake Houston area.
“Heath led Memorial Hermann Northeast during a time of great change and expansion. I know he has the expertise to guide Memorial Hermann Katy and Cypress into a bright future,” adds Cordola.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join the team at both Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress hospitals. I am confident that together we will be able to build on the strong foundation that is already in place to navigate this ever-changing industry,” says Rushing. “I hope my tenure as CEO will not only facilitate a better experience for our patients, but also for our employees and affiliated physicians.”
Rushing, his wife, Sara, and their three children plan to relocate this summer to be closer to the communities he now serves.
After nearly two decades of exceptional service to the Memorial Hermann Health System, Scott Barbe, Sr. Vice President & CEO at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, has announced his retirement, effective July 8, 2017.
“Scott has been an invaluable member of the Memorial Hermann Health System team. We can’t thank him enough for his years of strong leadership, including his most recent efforts in the construction and development of our Memorial Hermann Cypress Campus, set to open in March,” said Craig Cordola, Sr. Vice President & Regional President – West, Memorial Hermann Health System.
Throughout his tenure, Barbe led Memorial Hermann hospitals during an era of tremendous change and unprecedented growth and success. Among his greatest achievements, Barbe was instrumental in the relocation of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital from Pin Oak Road to its current location on the Katy freeway. In 2014, Barbe was tapped to lead the charge in overseeing the construction and the opening of Memorial Hermann Cypress on March 31, 2017.
A tireless advocate of the community and lifelong Houstonian, Barbe has served as a leader and board member for many community organizations including Greater Houston Hospital Council and the Texas Hospital Association.
Heath Rushing, Sr. Vice President & CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy, will work alongside Barbe through the opening of the Cypress hospital and transition into the role of CEO for both facilities following Barbe’s retirement.
“Heath is dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to our patients and is passionate about getting to know the community he proudly serves. Between his leadership experience at Memorial Hermann Northeast, as well as his overall 15 years of service to the System, I know he will help lead Memorial Hermann Cypress to become the go-to choice for healthcare in this area,” says Barbe. “I am confident that Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy are in excellent hands under his leadership.”
The event drew more than 130 people, including current and former patients of the clinic ranging in ages from 2 months old to 15 years old. At least four families attended whose babies have been diagnosed in-utero and are expected to be born in the coming months, giving them an exclusive opportunity to network with other families with experience managing the diagnosis.
“This event offers a unique opportunity for our patients to see and interact with so many other children who look like them and have been through what they have been through. They begin to realize that they are not alone in this world,” said Dr. Matthew Greives, pediatric plastic surgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School. “For the parents, the reunion offers a chance to connect with other families with whom they have developed an online kinship through various virtual support groups. It’s a chance for these families to say ‘hello’ to each other for the first time, and thank their supporters for helping them get through their challenging circumstances.”
The reunions are also a special treat for the physicians and nurses, giving them a chance to reconnect with the countless pediatric patients and families who have touched their lives over the years.
“For our team, it’s a celebration,” Dr. Greives said. “Our patients are like family to us and it’s a joy to be able to share in their lives as they continue to grow and thrive long after they graduate from our care.”
Led by Dr. John F. Teichgraeber, a pediatric plastic surgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School, the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Clinic in recent years has been rapidly growing and expanding its suite of comprehensive treatment options for patients in Houston and beyond. The clinic team specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of children with congenital or acquired cleft and craniofacial deformities.
Repealing Obamacare means putting patients, working with their doctors — and not the government — back in charge of their health
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) debated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a CNN Town Hall tonight regarding the future of Obamacare. During the debate, Sen. Cruz discussed some of the Republican ideas for replacing Obamacare that put patients, working with their doctors — and not the government — back in charge of their health.
After repealing Obamacare, below are some of the key Republican ideas that have been proposed to put patients back in charge of their health care:
Pursue reforms that address the supply of health care. Breaking down barriers to entry at the Food and Drug Administration is a great place to start. We must pursue reciprocity, the policy of approving drugs that are already approved in other developed countries that we trust. If a drug or device is good enough to save thousands of British, Israeli, or French lives, Americans should be able to access it as well. This would decrease drug prices by allowing more competition and create more hope for the 30 million Americans suffering from rare diseases, but who do not have access to critical, potentially lifesaving care.
Allow for the sale of insurance across state lines. The Health Care Choice Act, which Sen. Cruz and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have previously introduced, would do this. Big insurance companies will not like the additional competition, but the American people would benefit from expanded choices and lower prices.
Dramatically expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) by allowing Americans to put more money into these tax-advantaged accounts. Americans should be able to pay for health insurance premiums out of their HSAs, and they should be able to use HSA dollars for all kinds of innovative health care uses, such as direct primary care, and American families should be able to save money in HSAs regardless of whether they have have a high deductible plan, or whether they are insured at all.
Uncouple health insurance from employment. Currently, big employers have an advantage on small businesses, the individually insured and those who are unemployed by getting a practically unlimited tax benefit for providing health insurance. By reforming this World War II-era system, and letting individual families, small businesses and the unemployed compete on a level playing field with big employers, insurance companies will be able to tailor more plans for a wide range of families based on their individual needs. Many employers will still offer great health plans and some may give their workers more money in their pockets. We should open up more choices for families and their employers, not fewer.
Block-grant Medicaid dollars and abstain from penalizing states for not expanding Medicaid. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Governor Rick Perry before him, courageously stood tall against Obamacare bureaucrats and many vocal state interests who encouraged them to expand a broken program in Texas. We should return these Medicaid dollars back to the states with only the most basic conditions that the dollars be used to care for their needy — and we should base the amount of those dollars on their need, not an outdated formula or a political decision to endorse Obamacare.
Give seniors more choice, not less. Currently, seniors who choose to opt out of Medicare lose access to their Social Security benefits because of a Clinton-era bureaucratic decision. This is an outrage that must end. Doing so would allow seniors the security to choose a health care plan that fits their needs while retaining their Social Security benefits. This will open up more choices for seniors and not treat them as second class citizens who are unable to make their own decisions. From there we can begin to craft a system that provides seniors with greater choices over their Medicare contributions, if they choose to do so.