Channel 13, in a news segment promoting Small Business Saturday, asked its viewers what were their favorite local businesses to shop. Darlene’s made their Top 10 list! From jewelry, apparel, lots of holiday offerings, and of course – floral arrangements, it’s no wonder Darlene’s is a favorite. Congratulations to Judy Bankhead and Susan Tate, long-standing members of the Greater Heights Chamber!
Bring joy to a child this year by participating in this annual toy drive.
Painting with a Twist took on a new twist at a recent breast cancer awareness event hosted by Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. Dozens of women turned out to paint, network, and hear more from a panel of experts in the field of oncology. Radiation Oncologist Aparna Surapaneni, M.D., Radiologist Ajanta Patra, M.D., and Oncology Nurse Navigator Angela Sisk, M.S.N., RN, OCN, AHN-BC, answered questions from the group as well as discussed screening and treatment options. The more than 50 attendees also enjoyed refreshments from Berry Hill.
The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Scholarship Program for deserving high school students in the area. Please follow the link for more information. https://heightschamber.org/education/
Congratulations to Chamber Board member Amy Ritter who was recently named by The Leader as one of its “30 under 40” business leaders in the community.
Amy “is a Vice President at Allegiance Bank, advancing from an entry level position when the bank opened back in 2007. She takes care of a portfolio of customers, many from this community that
consider her a trusted partner in their business operation. She has also been on the Board of Directors for the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce and now serves as Treasurer for the Chamber, buther commitment to the Chamber does not stop there. She has served them tirelessly for her entire tenure in the area. She has held volunteer positions with the Business Expo, their annual Gala and Idol of the Heights. She has diligently served on the Crawfish Festival Committee, helping grow that event to what it is today. When called upon, she answers the call with servant leadership. She also inspires others to serve. This community could use more dedicated volunteers like Amy Ritter.”
Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Manager Named to Board of Examiners 2016 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award
Judy Ho, Lead Project Manager at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital was recently named to the Board of Examiners for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.
Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 350 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.
“Judy functions as a consultant, educator and change agent in incorporating the Baldrige Performance Excellence framework at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital,” said Susan Jadlowski, Sr. Vice President and CEO of the hospital. “She has years of experience in organizational and systems quality improvement and inter-professional collaboration for improving patient health outcomes. Her work, along with others is one of the reasons our hospital was a finalist for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) McKesson Quest for Quality Prize®.”
Those selected to the Board of Examiners for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building and analytical skills.
All members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership development course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.
Over the past 25 years, Ho has worked in various healthcare organizations as a bedside nurse clinician, quality coordinator, clinical nurse specialist, education specialist, manager of nursing practice, and director of performance improvement. She earned a Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) degree from University of Texas, Health Science Center in Houston.
Susan Jadlowski, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital announced that Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital earned the Commissioners unanimous vote as a MAGNET recognized American Nurses Credentialing Center. This award is exceptional, as only 8% of U.S. Hospitals have this certification. The Magnet designation is the highest distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence. Congratulations to Susan Jadlowski, a Chamber Board Member, and to the entire Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital team.
Allison Jones, a Gold Patron Member in the Chamber since 2003, has announced that the law firm has changed its name to Lockwood & Jones, PLLC. The firm is located at 1526 Heights Boulevard and specializes in divorce cases utilizing settlement conferences, mediation and traditional divorce to end marriages as amicably as possible. Allison Jones and Owen Lockwood co-authored a popular book titled “How to Survive a Divorce.”
Congratulations to former Chamber Board Member Scott Lester of Allegiance Bank. Scott was recognized by the Rotary Club of Houston and presented with their prestigious Hall of Fame award which dates back to 1988. Only 13 Heights Rotarians have received this award over the year. The award was given for Scott’s “continuous and above and beyond” actions on behalf of the organization.
This very worthwhile non-profit organization serves a valuable need in our community. Houston has the 2nd highest number of children in the nation living in crippling poverty, more than 88,000 Houston children are unsure of their next meal. Having limited or unreliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food has a definite negative effect on children. To name a few, there can be poor performance or attendance in school, behavioral issues and a higher risk of suicidal or depressive tendencies.
Their mission is to end hunger by delivering free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. In addition, and through collaboration they provide families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty. Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five-years old and under facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty. Every weekday, year-round, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers prepare thousands of healthy lunches consisting of a sandwich, nutritious snack and 100% juice or milk. Our six vans deliver the meals M-F to children enrolled in our program. They currently serve six Houston-area routes that target zip codes all located within Beltway 8, where the need is critical.
Kids’ Meals delivers free, fresh healthy meals directly to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children, every weekday, year-round and through collaboration provides their families with the resources to help end the cycle of poverty. Since 2006, Kids’ Meals has delivered more than 3.6 million meals to hungry children and is the nation’s only home meal delivery program of its kind.
Every $2 donated delivers not only a meal, but additional fresh fruits and vegetables, pantry staples, hurricane recovery items, holiday meals/gifts, and vital information on resources like GED, ESL, budgeting, literacy, and kindergarten preparedness. On November 10 the organization will hold its annual Harvest Luncheon and you can get all the information at their website, www.kidsmealshouston.org. Thanks you Kids’ Meals for the many outstanding benefits