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Posts published in June 2017

Harris County opens Senior Justice Assessment Center

Harris County launched the Senior Justice Assessment Center today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, at 2525 Murworth in the Medical Center area. The Center is designed to better investigate and prosecute elder abuse in Harris County.

The Center, the first of its kind in Texas, will be similar to the county’s Children’s Assessment Center, pulling together experts in geriatric medicine, protective services, civil and criminal prosecution and law enforcement.

“I think this is a tremendous step forward,” Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said at this morning’s program launch. “This [partnership] is another statement by Harris County that we care and want to do something about it.”

The Center will bring together agencies at one location to assess and develop interventions for seniors suspected of being abused, neglected, exploited, or experiencing self-neglect. Harris County Adult Protective Services, the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Attorney’s Office, and UT Health will provide staffing at one location where suspected victims can be interviewed and helped by trained individuals and directed to the appropriate agencies for further assistance.

Attorneys from the Harris County Attorney’s Office specializing in disability and elder law played key roles in developing the concept and design of the Center. The County Attorney Attorney’s Office worked with Adult Protective Services and Harris County Budget Management to help obtain a $383,000 grant from the governor’s office for the first year of a three-year pilot project.

THE HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

The Harris County Attorney’s Office represents the County, its departments, elected and appointed officials and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. The Office represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities. The Office also represents the State of Texas in mental health commitments and children’s protective services cases and assists Harris County in administration of the guardianship program, which cares for elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to care for themselves.

UT-Physicians opens new clinic

NORTHEAST – The UT Health Science Center has announced the opening of a Community Health & Wellness Center – Jensen to serve the population of Aldine, Jensen, and North Houston.

The Clinic is located in the RQ Plaza Shopping Center, at the corner of Crosstimbers and Jensen. It opened in May, and has hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

The public can make an appointment by calling 713-486-8550, or by internet at UTPhysicians.com/chwc-jensen.

The Clinic offers primary care for children, adolescents and adults. It brings health care to the surrounding communities. It is an ambulatory, primary care setting with a focus on community health and wellness. It also has a dedicated space for wellness education programs.

On-site manager of the facility is Marlon Stewart. The Clinic offers family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. It will soon also offer Adult and Pediatric Counseling and Psychiatry.

Pastor David Smith of the Northeast Economic Development Corporation welcomed the clinic, and said that it was a sign of the revitalization that is planned for the Jensen corridor, once a thriving business street. Smith said that other new projects will be soon occupying the vacant storerooms and properties on the street.

The UT Physicians Community Health & Wellness Center-Jensen is staffed by the clinical practice of the McGovern Medical School, part of the University of Texas. Patients of the Clinic will have access to over a 1000 physicians certified inn 80 medical specialties, according to Stewart.

UT Physicians accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Financial assistance programs are available for those who need them. For appointments, call 713-486-8550.

Harris County Pct .2 begins trail improvements at W.E. Bill Crowley Park

EAST ALDINE, Texas – Commissioner Jack Morman will begin trail reconstruction at W.E. Bill Crowley Park the week of Monday, June 12th. The $400,000 project includes widening and reconstructing the half-mile asphalt trail to a concrete walkway.

Portions of the trail and all surrounding amenities will remain open for the duration of construction. Park goers are encouraged to take caution around the construction site and be mindful of directional signage for access points to amenities.

W.E. “Bill” Crowley Park, or “Lauder Park” as its known in the community, was named after a longtime Road and Bridge Superintendent who worked for Commissioner E.A. “Squatty” Lyons. Bill Crowley also happened to be a co-worker of our very own EAMD Board Chair, Gerald Overturff. Crowley Park is the busiest park in the East Aldine area, with daily usage totals in the thousands.

Construction is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2017.

For more information and updates on the Precinct, visit www.hcp2.com.

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital breaks ground on new tower

HUMBLE, Texas (May 30, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital today broke ground on a new state-of-the-art patient care tower. The $70 million, 123,000-square-foot, five-story tower will feature 90 large patient rooms, with the flexibility to add an additional 30 beds.

Upon completion the tower will be accompanied by additional surface parking, as well as renovations to the east entrance of the hospital.

“This project exemplifies our promise to provide excellence in both high-quality care and service right here in the Lake Houston area where our patients live and work,” said Josh Urban, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital.

Memorial Hermann Northeast hosted the ceremonial groundbreaking this morning. Those in attendance included Merle Aaron, Mayor of the city of Humble, who welcomed the community and discussed the history of the hospital and its positive impact on the community.

“We thank Memorial Hermann for having a close relationship with us and the Northeast Hospital Board of Authority,” said Mayor Merle Aaron. “You have been a good partner in this process of bringing quality health care to Humble.”

Currently, Memorial Hermann Northeast is a 255-licensed bed facility that has been caring for families in the community for almost four decades. Its affiliated physicians span a wide variety of disciplines, including an elite group of neurosurgeons through Mischer Neuroscience Associates, an extension of Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute, Texas’ largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program.

In addition to the hospital, Memorial Hermann has several facilities that serve the healthcare needs of those who live and work in the Lake Houston area, including a Convenient Care Center in Summer Creek, RediClinics in Atascocita and Kingwood, and several Memorial Hermann Medical Group offices throughout the area. In addition, a second Convenient Care Center is scheduled to open in Kingwood this fall.

Learn more about Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital or call 281.540.7700.