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Posts published in “Day: October 18, 2011”

East Aldine District marks its 10th Anniversary with month of activities

East Aldine Management District is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this month, after its founding in 2001.

The month of October 2011 is filled with observances and activities to honor the spirit and the effort of the Aldine community over the last ten years.

Activities started on Saturday, Oct. 1 with a clean-up of Keith-Wiess Park that involved over 150 volunteers from several organizations that are partners with the District.

The next activity was the 10th Anniversary Gala, held at the Greer and Lowdermilk Conference Center in the Interwood Development off Aldine-Bender Road.

Also planned for the community next Thursday evening, Oct. 20th from 6 to 7 pm is an Open House, at the District offices. At this event, the new 15 minute Video reprising the history and accomplishments of the District will be shown. The event will include a discussion period, for citizens to inquire about local issues, and to learn about the expansion of the sales tax into an area east of US59 that has not been collected previously.

State Representative Kevin Bailey, Jed’s co-owner Clyde Bailey (no relation), and a group of committed local citizens and business persons met and formed the first board and got the state legislature to pass necessary legislation to create the district and fund it with a one cent sales tax.

Since then, a Service Plan has implemented quality of life improvements in water and sewer, public safety, mobility, environmental design, parks and green space, marketing and public relations, economic development, and more.

The East Aldine District, originally known as the Aldine Community Improvement District, encompasses 16 square miles with over 50,000 residents, in unincorporated Harris County.

At the Gala last week, EAMD president David Hawes reviewed the history and accomplishments of the District.

He said “Prior to formation of the District, East Aldine was a nearly forgotten semi-rural unincorporated area with high crime, virtually no county services, aging and inadequate utilities, poorly conditioned streets, and virtually no sidewalks. With the help of District funding over the past 10 years the District is becoming totally transformed into a vibrant community that is attracting investment in new residential communities, industrial construction and other commercial businesses.

Chamber holds Healthcare summit

By GILBERT HOFFMAN Northeast News

A Health Summit, co-sponsored by Houston Northwest Medical Center, the Houston Intercontinental Chamber, and 16 other corporate sponsors, met last Thursday morning for a two hour Panel Discussion on the current state of Healthcare.

The event was designed to bring leading business professionals together to discuss how to improve the health and well-being of our community.

These leaders included Jill Silman of Meador Staffing, Don McCormick of Patient Physician Cooperative, Dr. Andrew Watkins of the Watkins Group, Courtney Stubblefield of Towers Watson, Jay Donnella of SHAPE, David Dross of Mercer Company, Dr. Ed Supkis of UT-Health Science Center, David Lopez of the Harris County Hospital District, Dr. Guru Reddy president of the Harris County Medical Society, and Rep. Armando Walle of the Texas House of Representatives.

The keynote speaker followed the panel at lunch. David Gardani, of CIGNA Corporation entitled his talk “The Future of Healthcare” and encompassed many of the ideas and directions that had been investigated by the earlier panel.

He emphasized that healthcare must put the individual as a first priority, and must be sustainable. He said that the status quo is not sustainable, and that two-thirds of debt in the U.S. is due to health problems. In this situation Medicaid is overwhelmed, he does not believe the solutions lie in government legislation. The healthcare industry must solve the problems.

He suggested four keys to better healthcare:

1. Incentives

2. Sharing Actionable Information

3. Expanded Access to help

4. Assistance.

Incentives would ameliate smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, diet and moderation in consumption, and increased physical activity.

Sharing Actionable Information would involve developing a national date base, and identifying more experienced and effective physicians.

Expanded Access would give patients more choice, and an opportunity to individualize their treatment plan.

Assistance would give patients access to healthcare professionals on a continuing basis that have knowledge of their needs and can offer help.

Cordani said that implementing these maxims could reduce costs by 15 per cent, but admitted it would be hard, could not just be legislated, and required partnerships with people who want to drive change.

Cordani said that CIGNA is guided by principles of Choice, Transparency, and Quality.

Marc Biehl and Linda Mercier represented Houston Northwest Medical Center, the co-sponsors. In their welcoming statement, they emphasized that the hospital not only offered advanced care for the quality of life, but was a part of the community.