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Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands Marks Fifth Anniversary, Achievements and Milestones

April marks five years since the opening of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands with a special focus on offering patients closer pediatric care and emergency services north of Houston.

Revolutionary milestones from our multi-disciplinary teams include treating the most complex orthopedic sports injuries of competitive world athletes to our recent 100th adolescent bariatric surgery.

"The opening of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands was a momentous event. I will never forget the team's dedication to building the first pediatric hospital in Montgomery County," said Michelle Riley-Brown, president, Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. "We're continuously rewarded by the opportunity to provide our specialized pediatric care locally to this community."

Since that day in 2017, close to 900,000 patients have been treated at Texas Children's The Woodlands. Texas Children's also created a unique environment for children at all stages of life.

Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands by the Numbers:

  • 265,447 emergency room visits
  • 47,513 surgeries performed
  • 826,827 patient appointments completed

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Children's Hospital experts across specialties have led the way regionally in treatment and research with testing, therapeutics and vaccinations. Comprehensive teams continue to work around-the-clock caring for critically ill patients infected with COVID-19.

"I am extremely proud of our entire amazing team, we could not have been so successful to date without the incredible people who show up every day to deliver on the mission and the overwhelming support of this great community. We are so grateful to our patient families for entrusting us with the care of their children," said Dr. Ketrese White, Vice President, Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands.

Since the hospital's bariatric surgery program's inception in May 2018 — Texas Children's became the first Adolescent-Only Bariatric Surgery Center in Texas, and the 7th in the United States. The hospital currently is pursuing accreditation with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). A bariatric surgical center achieves MBSAQIP accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.

Additionally, a hallmark feature of the campus is Texas Children's Motion Analysis and Human Performance Laboratory, part of the hospital's nationally ranked Orthopedics program and one of the only pediatric labs of its kind in the state.

The laboratory leverages the expertise of a team of physicians, therapists, bio-mechanists and exercise physiologists along with state-of-the-art computer and sensor technology to study, analyze and help improve how the human body moves. The laboratory is equipped with a 3D motion capture system, force platforms, force plate instrumented treadmill, electromyography system and a metabolic cart.

"As we celebrate all that has been accomplished since our opening day, I'm reminded of what was once only a vision of bringing Texas Children's specialized care to the communities north of Houston. I cannot express how proud and thankful I am of every single person who not only helped bring that dream to fruition, but who has also worked tirelessly over the past five years to carry it far beyond what I could have ever imagined," said Mark A. Wallace, President and CEO of Texas Children's Hospital. 

Opened in 2017, the 550,000-square-foot facility serves children and families and offers inpatient and outpatient specialty pediatric care.

Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands offers specialty pediatric care in areas that include cancer, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology, sports medicine, gastroenterology and nutrition, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, allergy and immunology, dermatology, adolescent medicine and physician rehabilitation.

Hospital facilities include:

  • 24 emergency center rooms
  • 74 acute care rooms
  • 5 radiology rooms
  • 5 operating rooms
  • 3 specialty care locations

Along with serving families throughout The Woodlands area, Texas Children's serves families in counties throughout Greater North Houston including MontgomeryWalkerGrimesLibertyHarrisPolkSan Jacinto and Hardin.

Texas Children's Hospital is ranked third among the best children's hospitals nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and first in Texas. For more information or to book an appointment, visit women.texaschildrens.org.  

Memorial Hermann Health System, GoHealth Urgent Care Join Forces to Enhance Access to High Quality On-Demand Care

Memorial Hermann Health System and GoHealth Urgent Care announced a new partnership to operate and expand urgent care services across the Greater Houston area. 

Ten existing Memorial Hermann Urgent Care locations, including one dedicated to pediatrics, will transition to the new Memorial Hermann-GoHealth Urgent Care joint venture this summer.  The partners plan to open additional Memorial Hermann-GoHealth Urgent Care locations across Houston where they will offer elevated levels of urgent care service via in-person and virtually. 

"Memorial Hermann's joint venture with GoHealth will give community members enhanced access to convenient, high-quality care options when a non-emergent but urgent care need emerges," said David L. Callender, M.D., President and CEO of Memorial Hermann. "The partnership combines Memorial Hermann's clinical excellence and commitment to quality with GoHealth's technology-enabled operations and workflows to deliver a world-class patient experience and to accelerate growth of the urgent care model."

Nine of the newly named Memorial Hermann-GoHealth Urgent Care facilities will offer patients ages 6 months and older a wide array of services for non-life-threatening conditions, including flu, fever, earaches, insect bites, sprains, simple fractures, eye injuries and cuts requiring stitches. Our pediatric Urgent Care will continue to see infants, children and young adults through the age of 18.  Patients can walk in or go online to check wait times, save their spot online and pre-register, ensuring they can see a high-quality clinical provider quickly and effortlessly, virtually or in person. When continued care is needed, patients will be connected seamlessly to the high-quality primary and specialty care services at Memorial Hermann.  

"We are extremely excited for the opportunity to redefine on-demand care across the Greater Houston area together with an innovative partner like Memorial Hermann," said Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care. "Memorial Hermann has set the gold standard for quality care in Southeast Texas, and together we will raise the bar and deliver unparalleled patient experiences to Houstonians."

GoHealth currently operates approximately 180 on-demand care centers, in partnership with other market-leading health systems, across the country. Memorial Hermann-GoHealth Urgent Care's centers and virtual platform will be open extended hours for convenient access and will be staffed and clinically led by Memorial Hermann Medical Group clinicians.

"The need for health care doesn't adhere to a Monday through Friday workday schedule," said Dr. Callender. "By partnering with GoHealth, Memorial Hermann furthers its commitment to value by meeting patients where they are so care is more timely and accessible."

77% of homeowners and renters support adding more housing options in residential neighborhoods

There is broad support to allow backyard cottages, duplexes and triplexes in residential neighborhoods, according to a new Zillow survey covering 26 U.S. metropolitan areas struggling with housing affordability

The new research found that 77% of all homeowners and renters surveyed voiced support for construction of either new accessory dwelling units (ADUs), duplexes, or triplexes in residential neighborhoods.

A clear majority of homeowners surveyed, 73%, voiced support for at least one modest densification option, including either the construction of new backyard cottages or the building of new duplexes or triplexes. Support among renters was even higher, with 84% of renters supporting at least one modest densification measure in neighborhoods to help increase housing supply. Research has shown that modest densification through the addition of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), duplexes and triplexes could yield millions of new homes nationally, helping slow runaway price growth and improving access to public transit.

"We are facing a housing crisis that's touched most communities across the country, pushing housing affordability to the center of the conversation for many," said Manny Garcia, a population scientist at Zillow. "One of the most effective ways out of this crisis is to build more homes. Modest densification measures, like adding a small apartment in a backyard or converting existing homes into duplexes, could create millions of new homes."

Zillow's survey asked homeowners and renters how to best address affordability issuesduring a red-hot real estate market defined by limited housing inventory, rising interest rates, a steady increase in home prices and climbing rents across the country. These factors are compounded by a lost decade of new home construction that caused a shortfall of 1.35 million new homes in 35 metro areas alone. This latest survey, along with previous research, shows a growing consensus among homeowners and renters that more housing should be created in their own neighborhoods to address affordability.

"This survey shows that residents of more than 20 major U.S. metros — including homeowners — understand that building more homes in our neighborhoods is a credible and viable policy tool to increase housing supply and address affordability, while leaving a positive impact on their community in the long term," said Garcia.


Total Homeowner & Renter
Support for Either ADUs or
Duplexes/Triplexes

Homeowner Support
for Either ADUs or
Duplexes/Triplexes

Renter Support

for Either ADUs or
Duplexes/Triplexes

National

77%

73%

84%

Atlanta

72%

68%

78%

Boston

84%

80%

88%

Chicago

79%

76%

87%

Cincinnati

72%

69%

78%

Dallas

80%

79%

82%

Denver

79%

72%

93%

Detroit

70%

65%

82%

Houston

76%

73%

83%

Jacksonville

73%

70%

81%

Las Vegas

75%

71%

79%

Los Angeles

84%

78%

89%

Miami

78%

73%

87%

Minneapolis

75%

73%

81%

Nashville

75%

68%

89%

New York

73%

69%

77%

Philadelphia

77%

75%

80%

Phoenix

81%

78%

87%

Sacramento

78%

71%

90%

San Diego

80%

76%

88%

San Francisco

79%

73%

86%

San Jose

84%

82%

88%

Seattle

78%

74%

84%

Spokane

86%

84%

94%

St. Louis

74%

69%

87%

Tampa

79%

76%

85%

Washington, D.C.

80%

74%

91%

Allowing ADUs, duplexes and triplexes is often referred to as "modest densification," creating small to medium housing types that fall between single-family homes and large multifamily apartment buildings.Research has shown that targeted modest densification measures, such as allowing for two units of housing on a fraction of single-family lots in large U.S. metros, could add 3.3 million homes to the nation's housing stock, helping boost critically needed housing supply in the years to come.

Highlighting how important the issue of affordability has become in recent years, 61% of respondents agreed that affordable housing in their neighborhood is more important than preserving free parking for themselves. Additionally, a majority of respondents said that allowing duplexes and triplexes in residential neighborhoods would have a positive impact on housing affordability, access to public transportation, and access to amenities like parks and restaurants.

The survey was conducted in 26 metro areas across the country, garnering responses from more than 12,000 individuals. Across metros, support for modest densification was strong, with at least 70% of respondents expressing support for construction of ADUs, duplexes or triplexes in neighborhoods.

Large metros that have long faced affordability challenges, such as San JoseLos Angeles and Denver, clearly support modest densification. As do growing Sun Belt areas like PhoenixTampaJacksonville and Nashville, which historically have been more affordable but have heated up recently to become some of the hottest markets this year.

Perhaps more surprising is that some smaller metros embraced these options, as well. For instance, the Spokane area's support of modest densification measures (86% of respondents in favor) was among the highest in the nation, and 72% of respondents in the Cincinnati area said they support allowing ADUs, duplexes or triplexes in residential neighborhoods.

Support was not as strong for larger, multifamily apartment buildings, but was still found among 57% of those surveyed. Support for new apartments was highest among renters and young people, but recent trends suggest that support is growing among homeowners. In 2019, only 37% of homeowners supported apartment building construction in their own neighborhoods. Today, that figure has increased to 48%.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts to Discuss Mission, Splashdown

 As they prepare to return to Earth later this month, NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts will answer media questions about their time aboard the International Space Station during an in-orbit news conference at 1:20 p.m. EDT Friday, April 15.

NASA astronauts Raja ChariTom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, will participate in the news conference. The event will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency's website.

Interested media must contact the newsroom at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston by calling 281-483-5111 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 10 a.m. Friday, April 15. To ask questions, reporters must dial into the news conference no later than 1 p.m. Those wishing to submit a question on social media may do so using #AskNASA.

The Crew-3 astronauts have been living and working on the station since their launch Nov. 10, 2021. During their mission, the crew members contributed to hundreds of experiments and technology demonstrations. They worked on a variety of plant growth experiments, testing new systems for growing crops and studying potentially drought-resistant cotton plants. In addition, they tested a handheld bioprinter designed to print bandages made from skin cells directly onto a wound, and a miniature scanning electron microscope. Crew members also installed a new device to support studies on fire safety in microgravity, and conducted one of the first archaeological experiments in space. Working in pairs, the astronauts also completed four spacewalks to prepare the station for upcoming solar array upgrades by assembling and installing modification kits and successfully replacing a faulty antenna on the Port-1 truss structure.

The Crew-3's SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, which they named Endurance, will undock from the space station later this month, splashing down off the coast of Florida to conclude the mission.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission is the third crew rotation mission of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. Regular, long-duration commercial crew rotation missions enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place aboard the station. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency's Artemis missions, which includes landing the first woman and person of color on the lunar surface. 

Follow ChariBarronMarshburn, and Maurer on social media, and learn more about their scientific journey and download images and video on NASA's website.

Follow updates on Crew-3 mission at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station

New Owners at Bala Woods Apartments in Kingwood

Venterra Realty recently sold Bala Woods at Kingwood, a 261-unit garden-style apartment community located just off the I-45 in Kingwood, a north Houston suburb.

Built in 2000, Bala hosts a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with floorplans that include separate dining areas, dens, and built-in work areas. With a unique two-story construction style fitted with attached garages, renovated interiors, and an impressive amenities package, the property was able to excel and compete with newer constructed properties in the area.

Venterra acquired the property in November 2013. Over the 8+ years under Venterra's ownership, Bala Woods consistently performed well, successfully navigating the pandemic and related impacts on its residents. Occupancy remained strong, averaging 95% over the past year and showing strong momentum in pricing.

Throughout its ownership, Venterra completed an extensive number of upgrades to the property. These improvements included fully equipping the property with SMARTHOME technologies, adding new countertops in kitchens and bathrooms of each unit, new appliances, washers and dryers, Kolay wood plank flooring in upgraded units, a dog park, SMARTPACKAGE lockers, a business center, new roofing, a covered cabana area at the pool with a grill, new pool furniture, as well as a completed renovation and remodel of the leasing office.

"We are proud to have served the residents at Bala Woods at Kingwood for the past 8+ years, completing a vast number of upgrades that allowed for a significantly enhanced living experience," said John Foresi, CEO of Venterra Realty. "Many people have contributed both to the sale of Bala Woods as well as the exemplary management of this property over the years. We look forward to applying our learnings from this community to further inspire future ventures, expand our portfolio and provide more residents access to exceptional living experiences," said Venterra Chairman, Andrew Stewart.

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