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Ebru Classes at Raindrop Turkish House

January 7, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Register Now for EBRU CLASSES at Raindrop Turkish House

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For more information or to register for these classes please visit www.raindropturkishhouse.org or email ebruwatermarbling@turkishhouse.org

ECHOS December Calendar

December 4, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in Southwest Houston. Our mission is to aid those in need of free or low cost medical and social services access those services that are available. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status.

ECHOS Houston
9600 S Gessner @ Bissonnet Bldg. E

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Phone: 713.270.0369
www.echos-houston.org

December 2013 Calendar:
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Fondren Celebrates New IB Status

December 1, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Fondren Middle School celebrated its new status as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School on Nov. 21 with music, poetry, art, and special guest speaker James Reilly, a former NASA astronaut. Fondren joins Reagan High School and Hogg Middle School in receiving official authorization in July to offer the rigorous IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

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“IB is a totally new approach to learning for us,” said Fondren MS Principal Monique Lewis. “Teachers are teaching differently, and students are learning differently. There is more collaboration among students and more open-mindedness in general.”

The focus of the MYP at Fondren is technology, foreign languages, and applying classroom instruction to real-world events through partnerships with local and national community service organizations. The school has trained staff, enhanced the school library, and updated campus technology over the past three years in order to qualify.

MYP Coordinator Robin Porter is very excited about the school’s new IB status. “We want people to see what we are doing, and how we are changing,” she said. “We are cultivating a new vision and shaping our students into well-rounded people who will go on to do great things in the world.”

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Memorial Hermann Southwest goes PINK for breast cancer awareness

October 9, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Nearly 40,000 women will die this year from breast cancer.  As part of its continued support in the fight against this disease, Memorial Hermann Southwest has gone PINK for the entire month of October.  The hospital’s two towers will be bathed in pink light and every tree on the campus will be adorned with a pink ribbon.  Additionally, Memorial Hermann is hosting educational events across the greater Houston area during the month.  Visit the Cancer Center page at www.memorialhermann.org to learn more.

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Houston Mayor Enjoys National Night Out event in Brays Oaks

October 3, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Houston Mayor Annise Parker danced and posed for pictures with residents at a National Night Out event in Brays Oaks Oct. 1. The mayor stopped at Northfield I and II on Valley Hills Drive––the last of her four appearances across the city to promote the interaction of neighbors looking out for each other.

“This is the 30th anniversary for National Night Out and this has to be some of the best weather we’ve ever had,” the mayor said. “There are couple of reasons why we do National Night Out. It’s about keeping each other safe and learning as a community what we can do––neighborhood by neighborhood––to interact with the police and be safe.”

Before partying with residents, the mayor thanked Northfield Civic Club President Vincent Sanders for inviting her to the event. She also recognized the staff of her Citizen’s Assistance Office (Department of Neighborhoods) who were present, passing out “It Can Wait” rings to remind people not to send text messages while driving.

The Northfield gathering provided a variety of attractions for children and adults, including prize giveaways, an inflatable moonwalk, music and a variety of refreshments. Several area merchants and service providers participated with sponsored tables and announcements.

Sanders estimated the turnout was at least 250 over the course of the evening.

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Buddies for Kids at Parker Elementary

September 16, 2013 • Continue Reading »

WHAT IS IT?
As a child’s buddy, you will be called to provide consistent support, guidance, and concrete help to a child who is in need of a positive role model. Children involved in the Buddies for Kids program may be going through a difficult and/or challenging situation, a period of life in which they need extra support, or they may simply need to have another significant adult present in their life. So if you are interested in investing in kids, there are opportunities to be a buddy at Parker Elementary School. Continue Reading »

ECHOS September Calendars

September 3, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in Southwest Houston. Our mission is to aid those in need of free or low cost medical and social services access those services that are available. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status.

ECHOS Houston
9600 S Gessner @ Bissonnet Bldg. E

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Phone: 713.270.0369
www.echos-houston.org

September 2013 Calendar:
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ECHOS August Calendars

August 5, 2013 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in Southwest Houston. Our mission is to aid those in need of free or low cost medical and social services access those services that are available. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status.

ECHOS Houston
9600 S Gessner @ Bissonnet Bldg. E

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Phone: 713.270.0369
www.echos-houston.org

August 2013 Calendar:
Click on the calendar to download the PDF

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August Newsletter – Texas Caribbean Resources Alliance

July 22, 2013 • Continue Reading »

CARIBBEAN HERITAGE SMALL BUSINESS FORUM A ‘SUCCESS’

Caribbean-Heritage-Small--Business-ForumOn Saturday June 8, 2013, members of the Houston Caribbean Small Business and Entrepreneur community gathered at Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill to be part of the Caribbean American Heritage Month Small Business Forum with the participation of the South Central Regional Office of the United States Small Business Administration and Houston SCORE.

The small business forum served as an educational forum to empower local Caribbean small business owners about the many incentives and available programs throughout the city.

Houston’s SCORE Beth Shapiro made an incredible and compelling presentation to the group whom were pleased with the information being provided. Houston City Council Member Larry Green was the meeting’s Special Guest. Council Member Green is also the area’s council representative in the City Council and encouraged the group to continue the advocacy and work with his office. Continue Reading »

Memorial Hermann Hospitals Again Achieve Recognition as Top Hospitals in Women’s Health Services

July 4, 2013 • Continue Reading »

memorial-hermannHOUSTON (June 21, 2013) – Memorial Hermann this week announced that several of its hospitals have again been recognized for superior care in Women’s Health Services as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that our hospitals have again been recognized for providing the highest quality of gynecologic surgery and maternity care,” said M. Michael Shabot, Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann. “Our goal is perfect care for our patients and these HealthGrades awards are continued evidence we are succeeding in this mission.”

Collectively, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, as well as Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center received the 2013 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award.

Gynecologic surgery includes surgery on the female reproductive system to treat benign tumors, cancer, infertility, incontinence, and various other conditions. Hysterectomy accounted for the majority (75.4%) of all procedures evaluated. To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data provided by 18 individual states for years 2009 through 2011. Developing the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery ratings involved four steps:

  • First, the predicted value (predicted complications) was obtained using a logistic regression mode.
  • Second, the predicted value was compared with the actual or observed number of complications.
  • Third, a test was conducted to determine whether the difference between the predicted and actual values was statistically significant.
  • Fourth, hospital performance was stratified into one of three performance categories.

“Hospitals achieved this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes in gynecologic surgery over an extended period of time,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Women can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care in gynecological surgery when selecting among Healthgrades 2013 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recipients.”

Likewise, Memorial Hermann Northwest, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, as well as Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the Healthgrades 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award.

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in maternity care, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 18 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2009 through 2011. Maternity Care ratings are based on the analysis and equal weighting of the following factors:

  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing vaginal deliveries
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing C-sections
  • Number of newborn deliveries adjusted for low birth weight
  • Newborn risk-adjusted mortality

“Hospital complication, birth rate and newborn mortality rates are important pieces of quality information that all women should be aware of when they are making their decision about how and where to deliver their baby,” added Dr. Bowman. “Patients can rest assured that those hospitals recognized as a Healthgrades 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award recipient have demonstrated an established commitment to maternal care.”

Memorial Hermann continues to achieve recognition for its safe, high-quality patient care. In April, the health system was named one of the top 15 health systems in the nation – cited for its exceptional patient safety and quality performance – by Truven Health Analytics.

The Top 15 Health Systems recognition came on the heels of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission naming Memorial Hermann the 2012 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, considered the “Oscar” of healthcare safety and quality. Memorial Hermann was the first Texas hospital system ever recognized with the Eisenberg Award, and the only health system or hospital ever to be the recipient of both the NQF National Quality Healthcare Award (2009) and the Eisenberg Award at the National Level.

For additional details on the methodology for the gynecologic and maternity care awards and to see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome, visit: www.healthgrades.com/quality.