Katy Business October 2015

| October 1, 2015

memorial hermann katy nurses awarded pathway to excellence

The nursing staff of Memorial Hermann Katy.

MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY NURSES AGAIN AWARDED PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE DESIGNATION – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s nursing staff was again awarded the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The designation is given to healthcare organizations that create work environments in which nurses can flourish and is a testament to professional satisfaction among nurses. It also identifies best places to work for nurses.

“We are committed to fostering an environment that encourages and supports our exceptional nursing staff,” said Linda Stephens, Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial Hermann Katy. “Our Pathway to Excellence designation demonstrates to our staff and to our community that we support our nurses and value their role in providing quality patient care.”

“The commitment of our nurses to provide high-quality and safe patient care is proven time and again. The Pathway to Excellence designation is just one example of the strength and dedication of our staff,” said Cathy Liles, RN, Memorial Hermann Katy.

For an organization to earn the designation, it must successfully undergo a vigorous review process documenting quality initiatives that create a positive work environment as defined by nurses and supported by research. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria through participation in an online survey.

“The Pathway to Excellence designation has a very positive overall impact,” said Jim Parisi, Memorial Hermann Katy Chief Executive Officer. “It promotes a culture of staff engagement, quality, safety and collegiality among all disciplines benefiting the entire hospital.”



The Bonterra Monarch from the Pinnacle Series.

The Bonterra Monarch from the Pinnacle Series.

TAYLOR MORRISON DOUBLES ITS 55+ PRESENCE IN HOUSTON WITH NEW COMMUNITY AT CROSS CREEK RANCH – Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer, is expanding its active adult presence in the Houston area with the announcement of its second Bonterra active lifestyle community.

The company announced that it would build another Bonterra community at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear. The new community is expected to offer many of the same amenities and floor plans as the original Bonterra but will also include two new features – a gated neighborhood and waterfront home sites – as well as access to the master-planned amenities of Cross Creek Ranch.

“We see this community as not only an extension of our successful 55+ Bonterra brand but also an evolution,” said Jim Ellison, vice president of sales and marketing Taylor Morrison’s Houston division. “We have the best of both worlds here­—all of the amenities of a master-planned community but also the secluded feel of a Bonterra neighborhood. And much like Bonterra at Woodforest, this new Bonterra neighborhood will address the need for more lifestyle-focused, 55+ communities for Houston residents living to the west of the city.”

The new 268-acre community comes on the heels of last summer’s successful grand opening of Bonterra at Woodforest in Montgomery, the builder’s first entry into 55+ living in Houston. An eager 2,000 homebuyers lined up to tour the builder’s Woodforest models when they debuted.

Rob Bamford, general manager of Cross Creek Ranch, says the new Bonterra community will appeal to an underserved segment of the west Houston population.

“The Katy and Fulshear areas are very family-oriented, and just in Cross Creek Ranch, we see numerous couples moving here to be near grandchildren,” Bamford said. “Having home designs, amenities and planned activities specifically for adults age 55 and older will be very appealing.”

A project of The Johnson Development Corp. and voted Master-Planned Community of the Year for a second year by the Greater Houston Builders Association, Cross Creek Ranch is located just minutes west of the Grand Parkway off FM 1093 and offers easy access to the Westpark Tollway. Residents enjoy a natural landscape and an array of amenities, including the Cross Creek Water Park, a spacious fitness center, the Canine Commons dog park, Italian Maid Cafe on-site and the Polishing Pond Boardwalk, which traverses a bird and wildlife sanctuary. A sports complex provides opportunities for tennis, basketball and volleyball.


Bard Barnes (far right) and some of his staff members at a summer event.

Bard Barnes (far right) and some of his staff members at a summer event.

‹CITY OF KATY PARKS AND RECRE­ATION DIRECTOR ADVANCES IN FIELD – Brad Barnes, the Parks and Recreation director for the City of Katy, recently completed the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Directors School, a two-year professional development training program for current and future leaders of parks and recreation agencies. Directors School prepares students to effectively and efficiently lead park and recreation departments so they can best serve the community.

The Directors School curriculum is based on the national standards of best practices for parks and recreation agencies as identified by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA accredits park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service.



MD ANDERSON TO BUILD NEW OUTPATIENT CENTER IN WEST HOUSTON – With the approval of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one step closer to developing and building its own outpatient diagnostic and treatment center to better serve the growing communities of West Houston and beyond.

The new center will be the first free-standing clinical building that MD Anderson has constructed outside the Texas Medical Center and will be built on 36 acres of land owned by MD Anderson, near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 6. When it opens to patients in 2018, the building will be approximately 175,000 square feet.

“It’s great to get the green light from the Board of Regents to start work on a new facility that will give the residents of West Houston and the surrounding region even greater access to MD Anderson specialty services, care, research and diagnostics,” said Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president, MD Anderson Cancer Network. “Our mission to end cancer charges us with expanding and adapting programs that best reflect and respond to the needs of our patients, and this new center demonstrates that commitment.”

There are three MD Anderson patient care facilities located in West Houston:

MD Anderson in Katy offers medical, surgical and radiation oncology; chemotherapy infusion; pharmacy; pain management; and nutrition services as well as other supportive care. It is located about six miles from the new center and employs about 90 physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, phlebotomists, radiation therapists and support staff.

MD Anderson Diagnostic Imaging Center in West Houston opened one year ago providing a full spectrum of laboratory and imaging services, on-site radiology interpretation, and breast screening. It is about one mile from the new center and about 30 radiologists, nurses, diagnostic imaging technologists and other staff support the center.

MD Anderson in Memorial City is a clinical office space that gives patients convenient access to see specialized surgeons for follow-up appointments and consultations. The surgeries may be performed at MD Anderson in the Texas Medical Center or at other area hospitals, but patients can see their doctors before and after their procedures closer to home. The office is about five miles from where the new center will be located.

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