Katy Business November 2017

| November 1, 2017



The cancer program at Houston Methodist West Hospital received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commis­sion on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-year accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

“I am very proud of the teamwork and dedication from our cancer services team for their contribution to help achieve this accomplishment,” said Wayne Voss, CEO at Houston Methodist West Hospital. “Our patients and community deserve excellence in cancer care and they can find it here.”

Houston Methodist West takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

“Our continued commitment is to provide high-quality, innovative and safe patient care all in one location conveniently close to home,” said Voss. “This accreditation is evidence of this commitment.”


Lewis White

Lewis White


Katy attorney Lewis White is announcing his intent to run for the newly established Fort Bend County Court at Law #6 on the Republican ticket. He is a native Texan and long-time resident of Fort Bend County.

The county courts at law handle juvenile, criminal misdemeanor and civil cases, among others. White believes his 15 years of career experience is tailor-made for this bench.

White received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McMurray University and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He began his career serving the public as an Assistant County Attorney in Odessa, Texas. In 2004, he joined the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. He has also served as Chief of Juvenile and Misdemeanor for the Waller County District Attorney’s Office.

In 2007, White established his own law practice. He has managed and tried misdemeanors, juvenile, and felony cases of varying legal complexity. White also has experience with civil, condemnations, and guardianship cases. In 2015, he was the lead special prosecutor for the Sandra Bland case, one that received international attention.

White says, “My philosophy is that it is not my job as a judge to make the law, but to ‘call balls and strikes’ based on the law of the land. I look forward to the opportunity to leverage my 15 years of legal experience managing and trying a variety of cases to serve the people of Fort Bend County. One of my passions is juvenile law and juvenile cases will comprise a large portion of the docket in County Court #6. Juvenile law has nuances, and requires a judge with experience in these matters. The judge must understand when a juvenile deserves a second chance, and when they are a threat to society. I believe I have that discernment.”

Lewis was appointed by former Gov. Rick Perry to the State Dental Board of Examiners to help prevent fraud. He has a track record of being active in local Republican organizations. He is on the Alumni Board of McMurry University, and also serves the community as a member of the Fort Bend Exchange Club and a KEYs mentor for Katy Independent School District.

Lewis’ wife, Chakilla, is a Group Vice-President for DaVita Healthcare Partners and serves on the State Podiatric Board of Examiners. She is a member of the Republican Women’s Club of Katy and recently joined the board of AccessHealth.

The Whites are members of Second Baptist Church and live in Cinco Ranch in Katy with their two children.

For more information on his run for office, visit lewiswhiteforjudge.com.


Cross Creek Ranch recently debuted Wren Landing, one of four new neighborhoods planned through the end of 2017 in the Fulshear community.

Cross Creek Ranch recently debuted Wren Landing, one of four new neighborhoods planned through the end of 2017 in the Fulshear community.


Cross Creek Ranch has introduced a new neighborhood — the first of four expected in the Fulshear master-planned community by year’s end. The newest, Wren Landing, is an enclave of 39 homesites and will feature homes by Chesmar Homes and Perry Homes designed for 50-foot properties. It is the builders’ continuation of what they offer in The Brooks neighborhood, says Cross Creek Ranch General Manager Rob Bamford.

“Home prices in The Brooks begin in the $220,000s, and this range has been very popular among buyers in Cross Creek Ranch this year,” Bamford said. “We expect pricing in Wren Landing to be similar to what Chesmar and Perry offered in The Brooks.”

Home sales in Wren Landing should begin late October. Also in October, Cross Creek Ranch will debut Dunlin Cove, a neighborhood of 80-foot homesites, many of which back up to Flewellen Creek or a community lake. Trendmaker Homes and Village Builders will offer designs in Dunlin Cove, which will have 56 homesites. Home sales are projected to begin in November.

Two new neighborhoods are being introduced in Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch, a community for active adults ages 55 and older. The two enclaves encompass 98 homesites, 43 of which will be 60-foot properties, 25 will be 50-foot homesites and 30 properties will be 45-foot.

“Activity has been picking up in Bonterra, especially as the resident-only amenities come closer to being complete,” Bamford said. The Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch clubhouse is expected to open in mid-November. The 10,000-square-foot clubhouse features a social hall, fitness center, movement studio, catering kitchen, cards and billiards room and the Spa at Bonterra. Anchoring the clubhouse will be a covered terrace overlooking a resort-style pool and courts for bocce ball and pickle ball. A grand opening is planned for Nov. 18.

The new neighborhoods have prompted two significant roadway expansions within the community. Cross Creek Bend Lane is being expanded to four lanes north of Fry Road to Creek Falls Drive. Construction begins in November and is expected to last four months. Plus, Fulshear Bend Drive has been extended to the Dunlin Cove neighborhood.

Earlier this year, Cross Creek Ranch introduced 261 homesites in two new neighborhoods — The Willows and Blue Stem.

Cross Creek Ranch is one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities, ranked No. 31 on a mid-year report of the 50 best selling developments in the nation by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO). More than 2,840 homes have been sold in the development. Learn more at crosscreektexas.com.



The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved a resolution requesting the appraisal districts of Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties to reappraise Katy ISD zoned homes and businesses flooded as a result of Harvey.

By law, property owners must continue to pay taxes on the full value of their property, even if it has been damaged or destroyed. Additionally, only a taxing entity, such as a school district, can request a reappraisal of a property after a county has completed its appraisal process for the year.

“While no homeowner will be required to seek a reappraisal of their home as a result of the Board’s action, this resolution will clear the way for thousands of our families who are recovering from Harvey to seek tax relief on properties damaged by the storm,” said Lance Hindt, Katy ISD superintendent.

The Katy area weathered a historical storm last month which left thousands of residents displaced and a number of neighborhoods destroyed. When the three appraisal districts approve Katy ISD’s request, the Board of Trustees will have created options for residents still facing housing, financial and recovery challenges due to the storm.

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