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Posts published in “Day: September 4, 2008

CISD reprimands bus driver after A/C incident

CROSBY — The Crosby ISD has reprimanded a bus driver after she turned off part of the air conditioner as a form of punishment.

The incident took place on Aug. 28.

“Yesterday (Aug. 28) my child got of the bus and explained to me that some kids were acting up on the school bus,” said the parents of one of the students on the bus.

“She then proceeded to tell me that the punishment for acting up was to turn off the air conditioner. She also told them they would be in big trouble if they rolled down the windows. My child got off the bus red faced and explained what happened. It is hard for me to believe some one would actually use this as a form of discipline. You just don’t take away kids air flow on a bus with 20-40 kids.”

Robert Tatman, spokesman for the district, said that the bus driver turned off the rear a/c unit while keeping the a/c at the front of the bus turned on.

The a/c, he said, was off for three minutes, or two stops.

Tatman said that the driver’s action was unacceptable and that disciplinary action was taken.

“We saw that it was inappropriate on her part and she has been reprimanded. We are saddened that it happened and it will never happen again,” he added.

East Houston Regional, Bayshore Medical Centers to merge

PASADENA – Effective this week, the merger of Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center has
been finalized meaning that both hospitals will operate under one hospital license; resulting in one employee group, one blended medical staff and one Board of Trustees.

The merger of both hospitals was executed to offer the facilities the greatest possible flexibility in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Although the communities of Pasadena and East Houston will not notice many changes with the merger, the hospitals will experience improved efficiencies, reduce overhead and increase referrals between the two campuses.

The most obvious change for both facilities is that they now share two top level Administrative Team members: Jeff Holland, as Chief Executive Officer, and John Armour, as Chief Financial Officer.

“Most functions remain the same for both campuses such as our commitment to our respective communities, involvement in community outreach activities including h2u and volunteer services, educational programs, and medical services provided at each site”, said Holland.

Dozens of officials at Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center have spent the past several months executing the detailed plan to merge two large hospitals that collectively have a total of 500 beds, over 2,000 employees, and over 186,000 patient encounters each year. The process has involved reviewing financial records, legal contracts, merging bylaws, and developing relationships between the two hospitals. Also, Physician Transition Teams at both hospitals have been deployed and tasked with smooth melding of two medical staffs to further enhance the services of both hospitals.

“The administrative, medical and management teams at both hospitals are committed to work together to make this as smooth a transition as possible,” said Holland.

“Merging Bayshore Medical Center with East Houston Regional Medical Center is not only the best way for both hospitals to be more efficient but also to ensure our long-run survival in this dynamic healthcare environment. We are excited to offer our communities with the best healthcare available so close to home on both sides of the Houston Ship Channel”, Holland added.

Bayshore Medical Center has been ranked by HealthGrades, a national independent quality ratings company, as the Only Houston Area Hospital to be Ranked Among the Top 5 Percent in the Nation 5 Years in a Row, earning the Health-Grades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Overall Clinical Excellence, and the only hospital in Pasadena fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and The Joint Commission.

The Bayshore campus is a 369-bed acute-care facility that has been serving the needs of Southeast Harris County for 46 years.

Bayshore’s wide range of services includes acute care of the medical and surgical patient and specialty services such as: Advanced Wound Care Center; Cardiovascular and Cardiology Services, including open heart; Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Inpatient Pediatric Unit; Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and award-winning Maternity Services.

Located on Interstate 10 East in the North Channel area, East Houston Regional Medical Center is an acute-care facility with the only Level IV Trauma Designated Emergency Center in all of East Harris County. East Houston Regional Medical Center, a hospital with accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and The Joint Commission, currently has 131 beds and over 550 outstanding employees who provide exceptional service. East Houston Regional Medical Center offers specialized services in fields such as: The Center for Pain Care; Industrial Medicine Program; Rehabilitation Services; and Diabetes Self-Management Program.

Bayshore Medical Center operates a community emergency care and imaging center located in the Pasadena service area, the Fairmont Emergency Care & Baywood Imaging Center.

The Fairmont Emergency Care & Baywood Imaging Center, conveniently located off Fairmont Parkway one half mile east of Beltway 8, offers a board-certified physician and an average waiting time less than traditional emergency rooms to residents living in the surrounding communities from Pasadena to La Porte 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With the resources and expertise of the Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center campuses, Bayshore Medical Center is able to provide a combination of clinical services, advanced technology and patient outcomes unsurpassed in the Southeast Harris County region.

Harris County Officials were prepared for Gustav evacuees

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – Officials are preparing to receive evacuees from throughout the Gulf States during this week.

President George W. Bush on August 29 declared a state of emergency for Texas mobilizing the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate disaster relief efforts resulting from Hurricane Gustav. Sixty-one counties including Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, Orange, Jasper, Newton, Hardin, Tyler, Jefferson and Harris counties are included in the declaration.

That Friday, logistics for accommodating evacuees, were determined by Harris County and City of Houston Officials. Anticipated evacuations began early Sunday morning for evacuees needing transportation.

“Evacuees will be sheltered in several locations around the city and county. There are more than 15 sites with the ability to shelter about 1,400 people.” Dennis Engdahl, county emergency management coordinator, said.

It is expected that the evacuees will need clothing, toiletry items and bedding. Meanwhile, hotels across Northeast Texas are filling up.

In an alert faxed to members of the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association Friday afternoon, Justin R. Bragiel, deputy general counsel, said Texas officials expect an influx of 45,000 evacuees should Hurricane Gustav impact Louisiana and that lodging operators in a number of East Texas cities already were reporting they are booked “or near booked over” in anticipation of the storm.

Rotary Club plans Washer Tournament benefit Sep. 20

HIGHLANDS – Teams of washer players are practicing this month, in preparation for the Rotary Club’s annual 3-Hole Washer Board Charity Tournament that will be held Saturday, September 20.

This will be the third year for the event, which pits 2 man teams against each other in a double elimination style tournament, to compete for 3 awards, prize money, and most important, bragging rights. Proceeds from the tournament go to the club’s Rotary Foundation charity programs.

The locale for the event has changed this year, and it will be held at the Baytown Boat Club, 1600 Clearlake Road in Highlands, starting at 12 noon. Chairman of the event is past president of the club, Charlie Ward.

There will be 50 two-man teams competing, and besides local Highlands players, Rotarians from all over the District 5890 are expected to compete.

Refreshments, food and drink will be available at the event, and there will also be a silent auction.

Additional information is available at 713-828-6314, or at Cost per team is $50, and last year the event was completely subscribed.

Talkin’ birds…

Went to old Saw Bones a while back, he has me to where I can walk like Grandpa Amos McCoy if you ever watched him on the tube.

School is starting and so does this year’s dove season. Got an invite to go to Uvalde, Texas to hunt the birds but due to partial blindness in the shooting eye, it makes it impossible to see the end of the gun matched with the bird, much less hit a flying object.

Told my friend who is the ramrod of the hunt about my predicament, he said to come on down anyway, we would love to have your company and besides, you might not be able to shoot but you could shag birds for us.

Put the hummingbird feeders out yesterday, there were four hummers in a little over an hour taking a drink of the sugar water. Remember, the ratio for hummingbird water is four cups water to one cup of sugar and it does not have to be colored. Tis the time of the year if you feed the hummingbirds.

As far as Labor Day weekend, there will be no labor here except a little mowing and a few kitchen details, which I is the cook; she is the chief bottle washer.

We will eat bird, yard bird that is. If it ain’t real hot outside, I fire up the oven and do some Shake’N Bake skinless thighs or whatever looks good in the store.

Most folks are picky on what piece of chicken they get and how it is cooked and so on.

Some say they eat nothing but white meat, while others say, give them dark meat because it is juicier.

Had a fried chicken dinner at my mother’s twin sister’s house once with her two girls. The chicken was passed around the little table that where all sat.

I was the runt of the bunch and when the chicken came around, I forked a nice looking piece of fried chicken that turned out to be the back. Do you know how much meat there is on the back of a chicken?

If there were not vegetables and all, I would not have had a lot to eat.

Before we all began to eat, ole cousin grabbed up a little piece of fried chicken and said this is my favorite piece of chicken and proceeded to eat it up.

Turns out, she had gotten the fried tailpiece of the chicken AKA the butt. They all got a laugh out of it, but I did not know any different at that age.

She evidently thought it was the pulley bone or anything better than the fried back piece.

Project Graduation donation

From left, Officers of Crosby State Bank, Wayne Webb, Linda Spiller, Barbara Lemma, Lynn Kemplay, Mark Mulloy, and Gary Englert donate a Golf Cart to Ana Green, President of 2009 Crosby High School Project Graduation. The golf cart will be raffled and proceeds will be used to fund the June 7, 2009 Project Graduation activities held at the high school. “We are very grateful for this donation from CSB”, says Ana, “it gives us a huge boost in meeting our fundraising goals in order to provide a fun, safe environment for our seniors the night of graduation”.

Come check out the All American Cart at our home football games and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win!

First game in school history Patriots lose home opener

BAYTOWN — The Goose Creek Memorial Patriots’ first varsity game did not go as hoped for players and coaches as they lost to the Pasadena Eagles 27-20.

After falling behind early in the game, the Pats fought back to take a 20-19 lead in the third quarter. In the fourth they gave up an 8-point play to lose the lead. Memorial had one more shot to win the game late as they lined up on a first and goal with less than a minute to play. The Patriots fumbled the ball, which Pasadena recovered to seal the win.

In the Eagles’ opening drive of the game they used their larger size to push the ball down the field on a series of running plays. Juan Merino capped the drive with a six-yard run. The Patriots blocked the extra point attempt to keep the game 6-0.

On the first drive in school history the Patriots were unable to sustain their offense and were forced to punt.

After playing a game of field position the rest of the first quarter, the Eagles pushed back down the field to the one-yard line. Damon Ojeda forced his way through for a touchdown. On the extra point attempt the Patriots showed poise again, stopping a two-point conversion attempt.

On their next possession the Patriots gave their fans something to yell about.

Unable to find an open receiver Patriots quarterback Cody Larson tucked the ball in, slipped around the left side and ran 80 yards for a touchdown. The score became the first in school history. Price Jacobs added the extra point kick to make it a 12-7 game. Larson led his team with 94 yards rushing.

Pasadena extended their lead to 19-7 later in the quarter when Merino scored his second touchdown of the night on an eight-yard run.

With the last seconds ticking off the clock for the first half the Patriots defense came up with a big play of their own. Keithen Collins picked off an Ojeda pass and carried it back 88 yards for a touchdown. Again it was Jacobs with the PAT. At halftime the Eagles led 19-14.

The Patriots took their first lead of the night with 20 seconds left in the third quarter when De Martie Allen scored on a two-yard run. A failed two-point conversion left the score 20-19.

Merino would burn the Patriots one more with just over three minutes left in the game on an eight-yard run. Ojeda ran the ball in two complete the eight-point play.

Despite their troubles with turnovers (three), the Patriots defense did show some promise. In addition to the interception the team forced two fumbles, both of which they recovered. The team was especially good against the pass. The patriots help the Eagles’ Ojeda to 3 of 12 passes on the night.

Memorial will play their first road game Friday against Pearland Dawson at “The Rig.”