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Ocials: Widespread vaccine mandates unlikely despite decisions of some employers

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COVID-19 vaccinations have been optional but largely encouraged by medical and health care pro- fessionals since the rst doses rolled out in Texas in December. As of press time June 23, 43%of Montgom- ery County’s population and 48% of Harris County’s population had been fully vaccinated. But with vaccines available to all pop- ulation groups over the age of 12, some employers across the nation are beginning to mandate them. Legally, private busi- nesses can require employees to be CONTINUED ON 26

Alejandra Perez-Camacho and Miguel Camacho own Señor Burrito Co., a food truck located at 403 E. Main St., Tomball.

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never show up—and that’s happened dozens of times. It’s incredible,” Camacho said. “We’ve gone up to oering $16 an hour. We are just a very small business; we’re a food truck. … We’re still not able to nd someone to ll those positions.” The husband and wife team said they employ

Señor Burrito Co., a food truck stationed in Tomball, is oering new hires $16 an hour—more than twice the state’s minimum wage; yet, owners Miguel Camacho and Alejandra Perez-Camacho said they are struggling to nd workers. “[We will] schedule an interview, and [they] just

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4 Bulls & Bellows BBQ opened May 6 at 6920 FM 1488, Magnolia, at Daq Shack, another local business with food trucks on-site. Bulls & Bellows is a verteran-owned business oering craft barbecue and side dishes made from 5 Philipose’s Kitchen and Bar opened in early March at 32823 FM 2978, Magno- lia. The Cajun and Creole restaurant oers American Southern-style food with Indian inuences, such as the spiced chicken pu pastries or the seafood linguini. The eatery is open for dine-in or takeout. 281-789-4176. www.facebook.com/ philiposeskitchen family recipes. 281-745-7638. www.bullsandbellows.com 6 Mr. Fix It All Auto Repair celebrated its grand opening June 12 at 11508 FM 1488, Magnolia. The business oers mechanical repairs of vehicles and tires. 281-766-7192 7 The Lone Star College-Tomball Com- munity Library reopened June 1 follow- ing COVID-19 closures. Meeting rooms cannot be reserved, and most library programs will continue to be held online. However, physical library collections are available to check out. Printing services, computer access, Wi-Fi access and document scanners are also available. The library is located at 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-559-4200. www.hcpl.net COMING SOON 8 Owner Dr. Raj Banga will open Har- mony Pet Clinic in late June at 9166 FM 2920, Ste. 300, Tomball. The full-service clinic provides vaccines; wellness exams; emergency care; and surgeries, including spay, neuter, and tumor or lump removal.

Dental cleaning, geriatric and arthritic care, skin and ear diseases, nutrition and behavior counseling, microchip and health certicates, euthanasia and crema- tion will also be available. 832-307-3366. www.harmonypetclinic.com 9 Owners Danette and Nicholas Hagman will host the grand opening of Nevrslo Motorsports on July 10 at 26910 Hwy. 249, Tomball. The family-owned and -operated truck and vehicle modica- tion store provides lift kits, wheels, and visual and lighting upgrades. 832-761-7288. www.facebook.com/nevrslotomball 10 Houston-area eatery BB’s Tex-Orle- ans will open this fall at 21441 Hwy. 249, Houston, according to Maricela Bassler, chief brand ocer for BB’s Tex-Orleans. The eatery will feature a Cajun-inspired menu, such as boiled crawsh, po’boys and homemade gumbo as well as a full-service bar. www.bbstexorleans.com 11 Bella Bottega , a collective artist community, will debut at 903 Honea Egypt Road, Magnolia, with the rst stu- dio spaces available in August. The space will include nine studios for artists as well as a community space for the artists leasing the space to hold workshops or gather. Although the studio space will not be open to the public, the artist com- munity will likely host ne arts festivals o-site with juried art shows. www.instagram.com/out_of_clay_ 12 Stratus Medical , a medical device company, relocated its headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah, to 32303 FM 2978, Magnolia, in June, Marketing Man-

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NOWOPEN 1 Dottie’s Gelato and Italian Ices opened May 29 at 411 W. Main St., Tom- ball, oering homemade gelato created with natural ingredients. The gelato shop sells 12 avors of gelato and Italian ices as well as espresso and other coee drinks. 713-805-6087 2 Buttercup Bakery opened its brick- and-mortar location June 12 at 411 W.

Main St., Tomball. The bakery specializes in small, made-from-scratch cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats, owner and baker Kristina Guilbeau said. 281-513-8493. www.buttercuphouston.com 3 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen opened in late May at Decker Prairie Rosehill Road and Hwy. 249 in Pinehurst. The restau- rant oers signature fried chicken meals, tenders, sandwiches, sides and family meals, according to its website. 281-789-7225. www.popeyes.com

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ager Cody Jorgensen said in an email. A grand opening is planned July 16. Stratus Medical focuses on reducing pain and improving the quality of life for patients with chronic pain through innovation, serving customers in Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the U.S., among oth- er countries. www.stratusmedical.com RELOCATIONS 13 Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas celebrated its ribbon-cutting for its new oce at 26401 FM 2978, Magnolia, on May 22 with the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce. It was previously located at 26603 FM 2978, Magnolia. During the event, Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley also dedicated a agpole, ag and engraved plaque in honor of the essential workers who have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas oers residential trash and recycling service in Tomball, Magnolia and the surrounding areas. 346-248-5222. https://rrrtx.net EXPANSIONS 14 Beginning July 3, mobile showers and hygiene stations will be available ev- ery Saturday at Tomball United Methodist Church at 1603 Baker Drive, Tomball, through a new partnership with Hous- ton-based nonprot Moving Waters . Services have previously been oered in partnership with Northwest Assistance Ministries. Founded by Jennifer Park in 2019, Moving Waters aims to improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing

homelessness across the Greater Houston area by providing mobile showers and hygiene stations through partnerships with other assistance organizations. 832-790-7499. www.movingwatershouston.org ANNIVERSARIES 15 Bexar Barbecue celebrates its one- year anniversary June 26. The restaurant oers Texas barbecue favorites, such as sliced brisket, pork and beef ribs, and sausage links. Bexar Barbecue also serves sandwiches, tacos and burgers and is located at 28301 Business 249, Ste. 800, 16 Bison ProFab, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of business, it announced in May. Located at 12519 Wanda Lane, Magnolia, the family-owned company manufactures custom electrical enclosures, according to its website. 281-356-0026. www.bisonprofab.com NEWOWNERSHIP 17 Montgomery Self Storage acquired Stu Hotel Magnolia, now named Mont- gomery Self Storage-Magnolia , at 33319 Bear Branch Lane, Magnolia, the business announced in a June 4 news release. Stor- age options include climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled storage units, according to the release. A multi- story, climate-controlled building is also in the engineering stage. 281-259-8106. www.montgomeryss.com Tomball. 832-559-3655. www.bexarbarbecue.com

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Celebrate America Summer Fest includes games, face painting, and other arts and crafts. Food trucks will be available. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $10 (at the door), $5 (online presale), free (ages 10 and younger). 11510 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-850-2158. www.thegrounds1488.com

Celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music by the Mambo Jazz Kings and a rework show at about 9:20 p.m. Tune in to Tomball’s radio station 95.3 FM to hear music synced to the reworks. 6-10 p.m. Free (admission). 14099 FM 2920, Tomball. 281-222-4775. www.tomballtx.gov

Enjoy wine, appetizers and music while supporting Abandoned Animal Rescue, a Magnolia-based nonprot. Artist Bonnie Blue will paint custom wine glasses, yard art or rocks with dogs or cats for orders before July 11. 4-7 p.m. $50. 33400 Wright Road, Magnolia. 281-356-2305. www.aartexas.org

15 WATCH ‘MULAN’ AT THE PARK Enjoy an outdoor showing of Disney’s animated movie “Mulan.” Organizers will provide paper Chinese dragon crafts for children to create. Registration is not required, but moviegoers will need to bring blankets, chairs and food. 7-10 p.m. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.hcp4.net/events/p4movies 16 THROUGH 18 CATCHA PERFORMANCE OF ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ Watch true lovers ght to stay together as gang rivalries threaten to separate them in the musical “West Side Story”

JUNE 28 VIEW ‘ALADDIN’ OUTDOORS Experience a family-friendly showing of Disney’s “Aladdin” in the park and create a monkey craft provided by Harris County Precinct 4 as part of the annual summer movie series. Attendees do not need to register, but guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. The movie begins at sunset. 7-10 p.m. Free. Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston. www.hcp4.net/events/p4movies

JULY 04 ATTEND THE JULY FOURTH The annual celebration includes a children’s bicycle parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. with helmets awarded to rst- and second-place winners. Fireworks will start at dusk. Vendors selling food, such as snow cones and waes, will arrive at 4 p.m., and the Magnolia Police Department will provide electronic ngerprinting for children. 4 p.m. Free (admission). 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. www.cityofmagnolia.com CELEBRATIONAT UNITY PARK

produced by National Youth Theater. 7 p.m. (July 16), 2 p.m. (July 17-18), 6 p.m. (July 17). $10. Concordia Lutheran High School, 700 E. Main St., Tomball. www.nationalyouththeater.org/ west-side-story-2 17 ENJOY WATERSLIDES AT THE WAY FAMILY DOJO Check in to water day at The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia and enjoy waterslides, snow cones and a free martial arts class open to all who sign up on Facebook. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 32818 Tamina Road, Magnolia. 346-345-7100. https://www.facebook.com/ thewayfamilydojo

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Gosling Road project out for bid An $8.1 million project to widen Gosling Road east of the Tomball and Magnolia area went out for bids May 28. The project will be a joint effort between Montgomery County Precinct 3 and Harris County Pre- cinct 4. The scope of the work will include widening Gosling to four lanes between Creekside Forest Drive and Gateway Reserve Lane, crossing the county line. It will also include build- ing an 1,817-foot bridge over Spring Creek for the new southbound lanes with existing bridge lanes forming the two northbound lanes. Timeline: TBD Cost: $8.1 million Funding sources: Montgomery Coun- ty Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4

FM 1488 widening The Texas Department of Transporta- tion’s project to widen a portion of FM 1488 just west of Magnolia was 20% complete as of June 8. The project will expand FM 1488 from two to four lanes with a continuous left-turn lane between the Waller County line near Joseph Road and FM 1774 in Magnolia. Lindsey Con- struction Inc. is the contractor. Timeline: November 2020-first quarter 2023 Cost: $29.79 million Funding source: TxDOT

Hufsmith Road upgrades Harris County Precinct 4 began construc- tion in May on a project that will upgrade Hufsmith Road between Burroughs Park Road and Lakes at Creekside Drive by adding a second access road to Burroughs Park and incorporating intersection improvements and traffic signal modifica- tions as needed. Victoria Bryant, assistant director for Harris County Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects Division, said the project is expected to take about eight months to complete. Timeline: May 5, 2021-January 2022 Cost: $4.3 million Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4

Medical Complex Drive extension The extension of Medical Complex Drive in Tomball is on track for being completed in the third quarter of 2021, Public Works Director Beth Jones said in an email. The project extends Medical Complex from the intersection of South Persimmon Street and Agg Road to Hufsmith-Kohr- ville Road as a four-lane boulevard as well as extends South Persimmon to connect Holderrieth Road and FM 2920. Timeline: June 2020-third quarter 2021 Cost: $18.9 million Funding sources: city of Tomball 2016 bond funds, Tomball Economic Develop- ment Corp.

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two years, according to the WMPID. Riley said developers will continue the project to Hwy. 249. Right of way clearing has begun, and the county handled preliminary design and engineering, he said. “It will get people o of a lot of these little roads around here, which will help the movement of trac tremendously,” Riley said. Riley said the new road will feature two lanes with adequate right of way to expand the road. “Once those are on the ground and we see the need, then the other two lanes, we plan on doing that with the proceeds from the [Hwy. 249] toll road as a connector to the toll road,” Riley said. Magnolia resident Glen Herzog, who lives just north of the proposed route, said he questions how useful the new east-west route will be as it is slated so far south of FM 1488.

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A road project in Montgomery County Precinct 2 aims to add an east-west thoroughfare to alleviate congestion on FM 1488 and Hardin Store Road, Commissioner Charlie Riley said. Previously pitched as Mansions Way, the new Woodtrace Boulevard extension would extend Woodtrace Boulevard from Hwy. 249 to FM 2978. Trac volume on FM 1488 is expected to increase with more than 5,000 new homes planned or under construction for the area, according to the Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District, which will fund the rst portion of the road from FM 2978 to Dobbin-Husmith Road, according to an April release from the WMPID. The cost for the construction of the 3-mile extension is expected to be about $8 million, and it will take

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“They made it very parallel to Hardin Store Road, which I think it would not be as useful as if the Woodtrace end of it was another mile north,” Herzog said. Ocials in The Woodlands have previously opposed extending Woodlands Parkway to achieve

similar ends. “The renaming of The Woodlands Parkway extension to Woodtrace and shifting its connection to FM 2978 a quarter-mile south of Woodlands Parkway does not materially change the project,” board of directors Chair Gordy Bunch wrote in an email.

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Tomball City Council members approved an ordinance establishing a no-parking zone on the north side of FM 2920 between Tomball Ceme- tery and Park roads June 21 despite concerns from Beverly Welch, the owner of The Arbor Gate, a garden center and plant nursery across from the established zone. “Our requests are simple: as BY CHANDLER FRANCE & ANNA LOTZ

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TISD considers bond, headquarters purchase

Former chief pleads guilty to ‘abuse of ocial capacity’

“THEOPPORTUNITYFOR TOMBALL ISDTOPOTENTIALLY PURCHASE THE FORMER HEADQUARTERSOFBJ SERVICESWOULDBEA GAMECHANGERFOROUR

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Gary Vincent, the former Magnolia Vol-

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unteer Fire Department chief, pleaded guilty to abuse of ocial capacity, a Class A misdemeanor, May 26 before the 221st District Court, according to a release from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Oce. Vincent was sentenced with a $4,000 ne, restitution totaling $3,000 to be paid to the MVFD, and the task of writing a one-page apology letter to the MVFD regarding the oense committed, per case documents included in The State of Texas v. Gary Michael Vincent. Vincent, who was placed on administrative leave Feb. 11, according to the May 26 news release, retired in March, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Emergency Services District No. 10—which con- tracts with the MVFD—also saw leadership changes in March following a lawsuit led by an assistant re chief that raised questions about misconduct within the department, Community Impact News- paper reported. That case was dismissed May 17, according to county case records. An investigation by Jon Buckholtz, a public integrity investigator with the DA’s oce, found Vincent “misused government money by hiring an unqualied employee for personal reasons and abusing his power by disregarding both ESD 10 and department policies, and procedures put in place to protect Montgomery County taxpayers,” according to the release. The investigation also found a lack of oversight by the ESD 10 board, which has since been replaced, according to the release. The adavit for warrant for arrest included in the case documents states the misuse of government funds totals $750-$2,500 from June 2019. Gary Vincent

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Ross estimates ve ballot propositions could be called, including a general proposition totaling about $459 million for a high school, an interme- diate school and two elementary schools; the cost of the BJ Services campus and associated reno- vations; new buses; renovations at Tomball High School; security improvements; and a bus storage facility in the southern portion of the district. Additional propositions could include: about $50 million for three multipurpose buildings pro- viding covered practice space for sports and ne arts; almost $28 million of technology upgrades; $8 million for athletics improvements; and a $14.5 million natatorium for a new high school. Should the district purchase the BJ Services campus, Ross said he foresees it becoming the new home of Tomball Star Academy to free up capacity at Tomball High School, a mechanic shop for TISD transportation, an agriculture barn, and oce and CTE space. “An educational complex like this would enable Tomball ISD to not only expand our CTE programs and provide students with the hands-on training and facilities that are representative of those used in industry but also allow for additional space we need to accommodate future schools as well as remove any barriers to innovation,” Sala- zar-Zamora said.

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

COMPILED BY ANNA LOTZ

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed below.

COMBATING COVID19

A higher percent of Harris County residents have been vaccinated than the statewide average, while more than 43% of Montgomery County residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. Data is as of June 23.

Active cases total fewer than 2% of all cases in Montgomery and Harris counties, respectively. COUNTY CASES

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HARRIS COUNTY

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

2.28 million – 58.83% 264,941 – 52.67%

WALLER COUNTY

Active 704 600 Deaths

18,022 – 38.72%

Total 55,348*

Statewide 13.62 million – 56.60%

29,513 Recoveries

PEOPLE AGE 12+ FULLY VACCINATED

Active 3,141 6,551 Deaths

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219,106 – 43.55% 1.89 million – 48.95% 15,091 – 32.42% Statewide 11.52 million – 47.87%

Total 403,035

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

395,068 Recoveries

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

Active 26 50 Deaths

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol- impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

VACCINATION DEMOGRAPHICS

Total 4,184

4.1% 9.0% 2.9% 4.1% 10.8% 13.43% 20.9% 33.8% 24.69% 54.9% 29.6% 45.13% 10.2% 10.8% 9.13% 5.8% 6.0% 4.72% 45.1% 52.1% 40.83% 27.0% 26.2% 30.16% 21.2% 16.1% 22.95% 5.1% 3.8% 4.96% 1.5% 1.8% 1.09%

Asian

4,108 Recoveries

Black

White Hispanic

*Total includes approximately 25,000 cases deemed “inactive” by Montgomery County, meaning the public health district has been unable to reach these individuals for 30 days or more.

Other

Unknown

CASES BY ZIP CODE

AGE BREAKDOWN

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2021 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 243 COUNTIES

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16-49 50-64 80+ 65-79

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HEALTH OUTCOMES

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Length of life Overall

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24 90 155 13 15 133 35 61 191 28 160 110 238 241 208

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED

ZIP code 77354 has seen the greatest percent of cases per its population, totaling about 10% of residents.

Health behaviors

34.84% 27.33% 32.04% 45.83% 41.08% 37.59%

3,682 2,177

77354 77355 77362 77375 77377 77447

77354 77355 77362 77375 77377 77447

Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

544

2,569 4,690

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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HOSPITALS

Information on hospitals in and around Tomball, Magnolia

2 0 2 1 H E A L T H C A R E E D I T I O N

NICU LEVEL

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www.houstonmethodist.org/locations/willow- brook • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: 2,232 • Number of beds: 358 Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital 17201 I45, Shenandoah 9362702000 www.houstonmethodist.org/locations/the-wood- lands • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: 1,647 • Number of beds: 187 Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medi- cal Center 9250 Pinecroft Drive, The Woodlands 7138972300 www.memorialhermann.org/locations/ woodlands • Trauma level: II • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: 2,927 • Number of beds: 397 Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands 17580 I45 S., The Woodlands 9362675000 www.texaschildrens.org/woodlands • Trauma level: IV • NICU level: III • Total number of employees: 893 • Number of beds: 74

Level I • Well nursery

Level II • Specialty care nursery

HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball 605 Holderrieth Blvd., Tomball 2814017500 www.hcahoustonhealthcare.com/tomball • Trauma level: III • NICU level: II • Total number of employees: 980 • Number of beds: 350 CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Vintage 20171 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston 8325345000 www.stlukeshealth.org/locations/vintage-hospital • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: II • Total number of employees: 421 • Number of beds: 106 CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital 17200 St. Luke’s Way, The Woodlands 9362662000 www.stlukeshealth.org/locations/ woodlands-hospital • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: II • Total number of employees: 1,059* • Number of beds: 242* *Numbers also include that of the Springwoods Village Hospital campus. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital 18220 Hwy. 249, Houston 2817372500

Level III • Oer resources for emergency surgery, intensive care • May have to transfer to Level I and II Level I • Highest level of care • Full range of specialists, equipment in-house 24/7 • Oer teaching, research components TRAUMA LEVEL • Can care for mothers, infants at 35-plus weeks of gestation with routine perinatal problems • Anesthesiology, lab, radiology, ultrasonography, blood bank services and pharmacist available Level III • Neonatal intensive care unit • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages with mild to critical illnesses • Can provide consultation for pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists; can perform major pediatric surgery on-site

• Can care for mothers, infants at 32-plus weeks of gestation with problems to be resolved rapidly • In addition to Level I requirements, dietitian, and physical and respiratory therapists available

Level IV • Advanced NICU

• Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages as well as the most complex, critically ill infants • Comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists on-site; can perform major surgeries, including repair of complex conditions

Level IV • Provide initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities • Will likely have to transfer to higher-level trauma center Level II • Oer specialists on call 24/7 • Can transfer to Level I facilities • No research component required

SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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