The Humble campus of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital earned another stellar rating from the Leapfrog Group the City of Humble announced a new city secretary and a search for a fire chief, and an imaginative student-produced video revealed what makes Humble High School so special.

Those were a few of the hot topics discussed May 3 during the Lake Houston Chamber’s Humble BizCom at Humble High School.

Memorial Hermann’s Northeast campus was rated “A” by the Leapfrog Group, the sixth time in a row that the Humble campus has achieved that high rating according to Noel Cardenas, Northeast’s chief operating officer.

Leapfrog is an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded by leading employers and private health care experts that grades more than 2,500 hospitals.

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“Leapfrog bases their scores on feedback they receive from patients as well as a hospital’s overall performance on 27 different measures in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medial errors,” Cardenas said.

Anyone can go to the Leapfrog site to see how hospitals are rated (hospitalsafetygrade.org).

Cardenas also revealed that a second physician office building currently under construction will open May 21.

“We’ll add 425 extra parking spaces,” Cardenas said. “We’re moving focus of the campus from the east to the west side. We’re building a new entrance to be called the McKay Entrance.”

Newly appointed Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe announced that Jenny Page, currently city secretary for Frisco, will assume that position for the City of Humble.

Stuebe said that the city is attending numerous state and federal emergency workshops and a recent tabletop meeting with the San Jacinto River Authority.

“It’s been eye-opening for us,” he said. “We wanted to know how to improve on our response to disasters, especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.”

Stuebe reported that six more Humble-area businesses affected by the flooding will soon reopen.

Humble BizCom attendees were treated to a student-produced video proudly shown by Humble High Principal Donna Ullrich.

“Superintendent Fagen challenged the students to display what makes Humble ISD special,” Ullrich said. “Ten students decided to produce a video. They did it all themselves and I am so proud of them.”

In the video, Humble students describe programs unique to Humble High, including the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma (or IB Program) that begins in the 11th grade and allows Humble High students to earn college credit and scholarships.

The video featured Humble High’s T-STEM students and their innovative learning lab where they designed an eco-friendly building.

“I was so shy,” one student said in the video. “Participating in these programs got me out of my bubble. I have become a better person and I’m proud to be a part of the best high school in the best school district in Texas.”

The video can be seen on the YouTube website: youtu.be/wUVJRX9kOwM.

Humble High School celebrates a century of serving Humble students this year and Dr. Robert Meaux, student information systems coordinator for Humble ISD and Humble-area historian, encouraged Lake Houston residents to go to humbleisd.net/history, which is packed with photos and information about the district’s past.

“We’re tweeting bits of Humble ISD history that you’ll find interesting,” Meaux said. “The hashtag is #HumbleISD100.”

The “In the Pink of Health” luncheon is in the midst of transition, according to Cristi Cardenas, co-chair of the Oct. 19 luncheon.

It raises funds for Project Mammogram, a program of the Northeast Hospital Foundation and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital which provides mammograms and any needed subsequent services at no cost to area residents.

“Our luncheon is our largest fundraiser; we donate to the proceeds to Project Mammogram for free mammograms for those who can’t afford them,” Cardenas said.

“This year, we have planned some additional activities, such as our first-ever ‘Play For The Pink golf tournament, set for Sept. 28. We hope you all will participate,” she said.

Last year, Project Mammogram assisted 329 patients with 406 procedures and three patients were diagnosed with cancer.

Emcee for the luncheon is Julie Morales, well known to Houston Astros fans as a field reporter and host for AT&T SportsNet. Houston entrepreneur Keith Isbel, who owns and operates 28 area restaurants, will relate how he won the battle of mind and body after he was diagnosed.

In addition to the annual luncheon, the planning committee is organizing the first-ever “Play for the Pink” golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 28 at Atascocita Golf Course.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit northeasthospitalfoundation.org.

The next Humble BizCom is Oct. 4, 11 a.m., at Humble High School. Attendance is free but you must register at lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.