Cancer survivor Stephanie Parke, D.D.S. speaks at Oct. 20 fundraiser
The honoree and the speaker for the 10th anniversary of the “In the Pink of Health” Luncheon have been chosen.
The Northeast Hospital Foundation selected Lake Houston Neonatologist Angel Munoz, M.D. as honoree. Cancer survivor Stephanie Parke, a dentist who resides with her family in The Woodlands, will be the speaker.
Foundation President Tim Baker of Independence Bank of Kingwood surprised Dr. Munoz with the announcement during the Lake Houston Chamber’s July Salute to Health Care.
“For 25 years, Dr. Munoz has performed everyday miracles on the tiniest and most delicate newborns at Memorial Hermann Northeast,” Baker told Chamber members. “This is an honor you truly deserve.”
Dr. Munoz, with wife, Missy, moved to the Lake Houston area in 1994 to become the area’s first neonatologist.
“I’ll bet there are quite a few parents and grandparents here today whose newborns were touched by the skill and care of Doctor Munoz,” Baker said. “I don’t know if there is a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for most hours worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by a physician but, if there is, I’ll bet Dr. Munoz would be at the top of the list.”
Dr. Munoz is a medical doctor trained to handle complex and high-risk situations for newborns. He established Lake Houston’s first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble in 1994 until this year when he transitioned to working full time at WeeKare, the two pediatric clinics he founded in Humble and in East Houston.
Luncheon speaker for “In The Pink of Health” is Stephanie Parke, a resident of The Woodlands and Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) in practice at Parke & Rogers Dentistry in The Woodlands.
"Dr. Parke got the shock of a lifetime when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2013,” Baker said. “She will inspire us with the encouraging journey she took along side her husband, Frank, and their three children.”
“Her message reminds us all to put ourselves on our own 'to do list.'” Baker added. “Previous luncheon speakers have talked about surviving cancer, but Dr. Parke talks about ‘surviving survival.’”
Dr. Parke is a “cum laude” graduate of Texas A&M University. She received her DDS degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston. Her husband, Frank, is a rheumatologist. They have three children. She is a volunteer for many community organizations, providing dental care for the underserved through the Interfaith Community Clinic, participating in the Junior League and a member of The Woodlands “In the Pink of Health” luncheon committee.
The Foundation will celebrate the Luncheon’s 10th anniversary on Friday, October 20, 11:30 am in the Grand Ballroom of the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Co-chairs for the 10th Anniversary Luncheon, once again, are Lynette Calfee and Nancy Shortsleeve.
The 2017 Committee include Dawn Allen, Suzanne Brown, LynAnn Centofanti, Angi Lewis, Kimberly Stokes, Robin Ardoin, Suzanne Croft, Chelsea Degueyter, Marco Ollervides, Elizabeth Tise, Sara Baker, Cynthia Calvert, Rhonda Dishongh, Joanne Pike, Erica White, Brooke Baugh, Brittany Cannon, Tracy Erwin, Carol Prince, Missy Williams, Tom Broad, Cristi Cardenas, Heather Ingalls, Tricia Racine, Audrey Winders and Leigh Rozelle.
Proceeds from the “In the Pink of Health” luncheon, always held on the third Friday in October, will fund Project Mammogram and other initiatives of the Northeast Hospital Foundation.
Project Mammogram is a Northeast Hospital Foundation program housed at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Northeast providing free mammograms and, if needed, follow-up diagnostics and treatment to Lake Houston residents who qualify.
For more information about qualifying for a free mammogram, call 281.540.6443.
For sponsorship and table sales information about the “In the Pink of Health” Luncheon, call 281.359.1959, or www.northeasthospitalfoundation.org.