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Notebook Soccer success building for Lions Lutheran North head boys soccer coach Detlef Kemnitz said the Lions are building toward a successful season. “We are missing some key players from last year that graduated, but we have some new players that are helping out,” said the 27th-year head coach. “Our offense is not as strong, but it is improving. I believe very strongly that we will go to (the) playoffs again this year.” The Lions (3-4) finished third in district competition last season and went on to lose in the regional tournament with a 13-7 overall record. Kemnitz said key players this season are Micah Brouwer, Sean Dandy, Donald Mambo and Jacob McLemore; he expects the team’s toughest challenge to come from Awty International.

LHN senior Shankle likes coach’s toughness by Michael Sudhalter sports@theleadernews.com Even after a 45-point victory, the Lutheran H igh North boys basketball team runs for 10 minutes up and down the court. But Lions senior point guard Keith Shankle doesn’t mind following the plans set out by fi rstyear head coach C raig Upchurch. “H e’s good,” Shankle said. “H e’s strict with us. Everything he does helps you out.” Upchurch, a former University

of H ouston star basketball player who was an assistant coach at district rival, Emery-Weiner, last season, has raised expectations for the Lions (7-6). LH N lost to San Antonio C hristian in the fi rst round of the TAPPS D ivision II Playoffs last season. Shankle, who averages 10 points and seven assists per game, is the Lions’ coach on the court. “I want to make everybody play well,” Shankle said. “I’ll tell everybody what they need to correct and help them out in the fu-

ture. I like having all the control - to slow the pace, speed up the pace.” Upchurch said that the 17year-old point guard is “softspoken, but he gets this group of guys together.” “H is ballhandling skills, court awareness and his IQ of the game (are among his strongest attributes),” Upchurch said. Shankle is one of three seniors and one of two varsity returners for the Lions. H e transferred to Lutheran North last season from

U IL C lass 5A, C ypress-Fairbanks H igh School. The C ypress resident will get a chance to play in his hometown when the Lions compete in the C ypress C hristian Tournament, today through Saturday. The senior has played basketball since he was four years old in a program at First Metropolitan C hurch in C ypress. Lutheran North competes in a tough district, led by perennial national powerhouse Westbury C hristian.

“Westbury has always been at the top,” Upchurch said. “We have to stay focused and take care of business.” The Lions have never defeated Westbury C hristian in basketball. Still, Shankle said the Lions’ goal is “trying to win state.” Shankle would like to play basketball at the next level and enjoys “music, friends and family.” H e considers point guards Brandon Jennings and C hris Paul to be his favorite players and would someday like to be a sports

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STH alum debuts with Ball State Ball State freshman guard Chase Brogna, a 2012 St. Thomas High graduate, has played in six of the Cardinals’ eight games this season. Brogna has made 2-of-8 3-pointers for the Muncie, Ind.based school, which is a Division I member of the Mid-American Conference. Brogna helped lead STH to the TAPPS Division I State Championship in 2010-11. The Cardinals (4-4) will host the University of South Dakota on Saturday and visit Purdue on Tuesday.

Washington makes season debut Army sophomore guard Milton Washington, a 2010 Waltrip High alum, finished with two points and two rebounds in three minutes of the Black Knights’ 91-57 win over Marist on Dec. 4 in West Point, N.Y. Army (4-4) will host the University of Maine on Friday and visit Texas A&M on Dec. 29 and Houston Baptist on Dec. 31, respectively.

UPCOMING GAMES... BOYS BASKETBALL Austin at Reagan, 4 p.m. Friday (Delmar-Tusa) Lutheran North at Cypress Christian Tournament, ThursdaySaturday Scarborough at Friendswood, 7:30 p.m. Monday Reagan, Waltrip, Scarborough at HISD Tournament, Dec. 20-22 St. Pius X Holiday Classic, Dec. 20-22 GIRLS BASKETBALL Lutheran North at Cypress Christian Tournament, ThursdaySaturday Worthing at Scarborough, 5:30 p.m. Friday (Delmar-Tusa) Reagan at Waltrip, 7 p.m. Friday (Delmar-Tusa)

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Northwestern running back Venric Mark, a 2010 St. Pius X graduate, and the Wildcats will face Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mark blossoms into Big Ten leader by Michael Sudhalter sports@theleadernews.com Last winter, Northwestern University running back/return specialist Venric M ark returned to H ouston and faced Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium. Friends and family showed up to watch

the 2010 St. Pius X graduate score a touchdown in the loss to the Aggies. “It was great and I really enjoyed myself,” M ark said. “I played a lot during that game and scored a touchdown. I had an amazing time, but it doesn’t compare to this year at all. I’m having the best time of my life this year.” That’s because the 5-foot-8, 175-pound

junior, who didn’t begin the season as the starting running back, fi nished the 2012 season as the Big Ten C onference’s allpurpose yards leader (2,053 yards and 14 touchdowns) and the C onference’s fourth-leading rusher (1,355 yards and 11 scores). “I kept working hard to get on the fi eld,” M ark said. “The offensive linemen and

wide receivers contributed to my success. Everything is clicking on all cylinders so far.” M ark’s breakout season is one of the reasons why the Wildcats (9-3) are playing in a New Year’s D ay bowl game for the third time in four years. They’ll face M ississippi

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Stewart tops season with top award by Michael Sudhalter sports@theleadernews.com

Kohl Stewart, who set touchdown records all season, was named the firstever private school Offensive Player of the Year by the Houston Touchdown Club. Now, he must decide between Texas A&M and Major League Baseball.

Whether he chooses to pursue football or baseball, Kohl Stewart has a bright athletic future ahead of him. O n D ec. 5, the St. Pius X senior quarterback/ace pitcher made history by becoming the O ffensive Player of the Year at the inaugural Touchdown C lub of H ouston Private School postseason awards dinner at the J.W. M arriott in H ouston. “It feels good to be a part of the Touchdown C lub and just to have the opportunity,” Stewart said. “I can’t be thankful enough.” Former Katy H igh coach M ike Johnston presented the award to Stewart. Johnston, who coached against Stewart in 2010 and

2011 as the head coach at H ouston C hristian, joked that Stewart “sent him into retirement.” Stewart, a Texas A&M commit, didn’t forget to recognize the people that helped make his success possible, including his parents, teammates, head coach Blake Ware and athletic director Jason Kimball, who convinced him to play football. “It’s one of the best decisions I ever made,” Stewart said. Stewart led the Panthers to an 8-2 regular season and broke the school’s all-time passing yards record. H e was injured during the fi rst quarter of the Panthers’ regular season fi nale, a 27-6 loss on Nov. 9 at St. Thomas. H e missed the postseason, and SPX (9-3) lost in the state quarterfi nals to defending

state champion, Fort Worth Nolan. “It was tough to watch at the end of the year, but it’s part of life and I have to move on,” Stewart said. Ware said SPX is “very honored for Kohl to win the award.” Stewart will travel to the ESPN UnderArmour All-American G ame on Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla. but likely won’t play in it. H e said he’s expected to return for baseball season and hopes to lead the Panthers to a second consecutive TAPPS D ivision I State C hampionship. H is big decision will be whether to choose A&M or the M LB D raft where some experts have him projected in the fi rst round.

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Local youth selected for all-star game Eight members of the Faith C hristian Bulldogs were named O ffense-D efense All-Americans and invited to participate in the 7th-annual O ffense-D efense Bowl Week festivities taking place at Reliant Stadium in H ouston, TX, D ecember 26 – January 1. Ray Allen, Spenser C ola, Jarron H enderson, C ullen M ontgomery, C hase Ratcliff, Konkheis Spivey, Arthur Toliver, and Jordan Turk are coached by Lamont Ratcliff and C hristopher C ola. “The Faith C hristian Bulldogs, an independent youth football Chase Ratcli (No. 5), who lives in the Leader area, is one of the local playorganization that competes in ers selected to the All-Star team. the Katy All American Football League, is very proud of these bering in the thousands across “Each player has worked very young players for receiving such the country and played well hard doing off-season workouts prestigious recognition,â€? says representing H ouston, TX, eas- in the spring and summer and C oach Ratcliff. The players were ily validating the Bowl Selection competed hard each day to get selected for this honor from a C ommittee’s choice in tabbing themselves to be better players. group of young athletes num- them for the All-Star tilt. They are all good kids who love

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Lineman of the Year In addition to Stewart, senior offensive lineman M ichael Vicic was a fi nalist for Lineman of the Year. That award went to St. Thomas H igh senior defensive lineman Parker White. “(Playing with Kohl) was really good,� Vicic said. “I got a lot of attention just because of Kohl. People would ask, ‘You go to Kohl’s school?’ I’d say, ‘Yeah, I keep him alive.’� Vicic is considering several colleges, especially O le M iss. White started his career as a quarterback and played wide receiver, outside linebacker and on the offensive line before becoming a defensive lineman. “H is upside is through the roof,� St. Thomas head football coach Tim Fitzpatrick said. White has received scholarship offers from Army, Air Force and H BU, while several other D ivision I schools are recruiting him. “It meant a lot to us – going from 2-8 to 10-2, turning things around,� White said. The Eagles (10-2) won their fi rst district title since 2005 and ended a 14-year losing streak to rival, Strake Jesuit.

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by Ivee Sauls ivee@theleadernews.com It is that time of year again: The last minute scramble to make sure everyone on the list has a gift before the holiday vacation begins. The hustle is apparent in retail stores on West G ray, where numerous H eights residents frequently shop for things they can’t fi nd on 19th Street. The staff at Twice New C onsignment Boutique said the trend this holiday season is to get items that sparkle. Anything that seems over the top glamorous is selling fast. “We put the gaudiest dress on display in the window and it wasn’t even there for 24 hours before it sold,â€? said a store associate. Twice New sells gently used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories at half of the retail value. C ostume attire, leather and furs are always popular items at the store. Twice New also has designer handbags and shoes. “The more expensive looking, the better,â€? the associate said. “That goes for anything we have here.â€? The customers seek one of a kind looks, “like a treasure or a gem‌ not like at a department store,â€? said the store associate. Twice New is located at 2005 – D West G ray in the River O aks C enter. For more information, contact 713-5232212. Just down the street, Araya Artisan C hocolate is selling assortments of not just any chocolate. These fi ne chocolates are made from Venezuelan cocoa that comes from a single origin, fair trade producer, and are only combined with natural ingredients and real fruits, without using preservatives or artifi cial fl avorings. The chocolates are handcrafted with unique and colorful designs. Because of the ingredient selection, Araya chocolates are low calorie. There is also a selection available for vegans. “We are very proud of our C hocolate,â€? said O wner C arla Susi. She and her husband, Stefano Zullian, and sister Silvana Susi have always had a passion for fi ne foods and saw a great opportunity in bringing a fi ne chocolatier to H ouston. Araya’s most popular items are the chocolate C hristmas trees and chocolate gift boxes, especially the gift box made in collaboration with the students of G raphic C ommunications at the University of H ouston. A percentage of the proceeds from the gift box sales will be donated to the University of H ouston’s School of Art in the form of a scholarship. The gift box cover design is the work of Yanine King, under the instruction of Associate Professor C heryl Beckett. Araya chocolate is made in Katy and sold next door to the River O aks Theater at 2013 W. G ray Street. For more information, contact 832-967-7960 or visit www.arayachocolate.com. Across the street, is Events, known for having a wide variety of gift choices and styles at a range of prices. “We carry everything from traditional to funky artist made pieces,â€? said Becky Sargent. Sargent says Events is very committed to supporting U.S. made items. They carry many collectible lines, the largest selection of china in the city, and are also known for having a huge assortment of hearts. She says Events is known for their amazing greeting cards and inspirational items. “The items that have been a trend for a number of years are things that have a nice message,â€? said Sargent. Another item that Events specializes in is art glass. “From early on we made it a point to seek out artist made works,â€? she said. Seasonal items, especially M ark Roberts collectible Santas and Elf Fairies, are some of the most popular at Events. “We start hanging about 30,000 ornaments in O ctober,â€? said Sargent. Events is celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the River O aks C enter at 1966 West G ray. For more information, contact 713-520-5700 or visit www.eventsgifts.com.

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by Cynthia Lescalleet For The Leader D oll heads peering out from a crowded shelf greet all who enter Texas Art Asylum. More muse than G reek chorus, the dismembered tableau is a litmus test for fi rst-timers. Those who fi nd the scene disturbing instead of intriguing are probably not going to “get� what owners Ramona Brady and Jennifer McC ormick run as a “creative re-use center.� A sanctuary for household castoffs and a repository of mostly donated cool stuff, the amalgamation includes thrift items, salvage materials, crafts supplies and vintage collectibles that might otherwise be trashed. Since it opened in M ay 2011, artists, crafters, teachers and collectors of just about anything have been sifting through the eclectic array, currently housed in a ‘30s-built former auto dealership at 1230 H ouston Ave. in the First Ward’s arts district. “We’re like a dating service for things,� says McC ormick, who also compares the artsy venture to the SPC A-in-reverse since it “helps things ‘fi nd their people’.� Items broken or incomplete are not useless, Brady says. They’re merely awaiting their next purpose, to be determined by someone innovative and undaunted by imperfection. “Broken is a good stepping off point for creative people,� she says. Besides, “Stuff tells you what it wants to be.� C ohorts as well as colleagues, the wise and wise-cracking woman enjoy a Thelma-and-Louise repartee. “We make each other laugh,� McC ormick says. And that’s a good thing since the shop they share six days a week grows cozier by the day as inventory expands almost exponentially, Brady adds. Former co-workers at a commercial security company, the business partners consider themselves complementary in outlook, expertise and interests. Brady, who earned an M BA just prior to fl oating the venture’s initial business plan, is a fabrics and fi ber hound currently interested in mixed-media. McC ormick prefers 3-D assemblages, but is rooted in painting and sculpture. This means that when donations arrive, one or the other has a pretty good idea how to triage and assess it for pricing or display. And while they’re not ones to judge detritus, they do jettison anything fi lthy.

WAYFINDING AMID THE TIDY HEAPS Within the 2,500-sq.-ft. shop, wry and witty hand-lettered signs (with attitude) mark inventory categories and territories. Among them: “C raftastropies� and “Jewelry: Broken for Your C onvenience.� It would take less space here to list what the Texas Art Asylum does not have rather than what it does. H ere’s a sample: Felt-key guts of a piano. A toothy grouping of dental molds. H alf-melted candles. Slightly incomplete art kits discarded after the fi rst blush of hobby-dabbling dissipated. Artists and prop masters who frequent the store speak of its offbeat, idea-tickling inventory and its inexpensive raw materials for mock-ups and subsequent production. Jewelry designer C ara Ellison H albirt, for example, stopped in (again) recently to hunt tiny keys for making necklaces. “You never know what you’re going to fi nd,� she says. “There’s always some-

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Waltrip, B.T. Washington among first for construction by Jonathan McElvy jonathan@theleadernews.com The easy part was done in the November general election, when H ouston voters overwhelmingly passed a bond issue that will improve some of the area’s neediest schools. Now comes the real work – the bricks and mortar, literally. The H ouston Independent School D istrict has announced the construction timeline for all 40 schools under the bond to be built or renovated, and two area schools made the fi rst wave of repairs. Beginning in early to mid 2013, planning and design for Waltrip H igh School and B.T. Washington H igh School will begin, and construction on those two schools – among 15 others – will begin by the end of 2014. “Last month, nearly 70 percent of H ISD voters showed tremendous confi dence and faith in our ability to deliver the modern campuses H ouston’s children deserve,” said H ISD Superintendent Terry G rier. “We are ready to move forward with the most ambitious school rebuilding effort in Texas history and deliver on our promises.” Ambitious as it may be, that doesn’t mean the sledge hammers can fall just yet. The planning is actually more diffi cult than the construction.

“We’ll begin meeting the principals very soon,” said Jason Spencer, spokesman for H ISD. “O ne of the things we’re trying to do with this project is fi guring out ‘swing space.’ We’re doing everything humanly possible to avoid building temporary campuses.” In early remodeling projects at H ISD, there has been a need to move students out of their schools in order to complete the construction. But as Spencer explained, doing so is very expensive, ultimately taking money away from construction. “And there’s no return on it,” he said. That’s why planning with principals will be so important. “We need to coordinate the demolition in phases,” Spencer said. What also must be coordinated is who does the work. H ISD has already put out a “Request for Q ualifi cation,” and design and construction companies are making their pitches to get some of the work. H ISD is not required to take the cheapest bid, but Spencer said there is a scorecard the system will use to award the bids. “We’ll look for the best value, whether the business is minority or woman-owned, and if the company has done work with us before, among other things,” Spencer said. O nce design and construction has begun for the G roup 1

The Waltrip High School campus was constructed in 1959 and has undergone renovations as part of the 2007 bond program. The Parsons Condition Assessment indicates the main building is in relatively good shape but the other buildings would require over $16 million to repair or replace deteriorating building components within the next 10 years. The Educational Suitability Score indicates there are many sub-standard instructional spaces in this facility. The 2012 Capital Improvement Program will continue the work started in the 2007 bond program to provide a more appropriate instructional environment that will meet or exceed current standards. The partial replacement and general renovations will accommodate 1,800 – 2,000 students.

schools, there will be three other groups that follow. In this specifi c area, there are no schools that will be part of G roups 2 or 3. In the fi nal group, however, G arden O aks K-8 will receive a makeover. That project, G roup 4, will begin planning and design in later 2015 or early 2016, with construction anticipated to begin in mid 2017. Until then, Spencer said there will be other, interim projects that are done throughout the entire system. “Every middle school is going to have its restrooms upgraded,” he said. “That will be done over

Garden Oaks wins solar energy challenge Solar lighting will soon be coming to the walkways at G arden O aks Elementary School, which recently was named one of the winners of G reen M ountain Energy’s Vote Solar for G ood Facebook challenge and will receive a $1,500 grant. The lights will also be used to conduct experiments while monitoring energy savings. “I am happy that we won this solar equipment,” said 4th grade student C hristopher Knauth. “We should besides making path lights use it to conserve energy. This combined with the fact that

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As a physician, Ernest Sears Jr. listens to patients’concernsand identifi eswaysto resolve what ailsthem.So when the H eights-based neurologist noticed how often hispatientswistfully remarked, “W here’s our hospital,”he began to explore ways to fi ll that void in local healthcare services created when H eights H ospital closed 18 years ago. Earlier this week, St. Joseph M edical C enter in the H eights opened offi cially. Ambulances now serve its ER and it’s O K once more for area residents to be sick, hurt or cared for near home. Efforts to attract a quality full-service healthcare provider back into the H eights required patience,persistence and the support of other local doctors committed to the goal. Sears, who’s credited with spearheading the multi-year project,isquick to cite colleagueswith early and continuing interest.Among that group, which formed a limited liability partnership for the initial quest, were internists C hi M ao, Edmundo Yrigoyen and C arlosHerrera;cardiologist D omingo G onzalez, gastroenterologist Ronald Rance and infectious disease specialist Ibrahim G arcia.

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NOT DEAD YET “We talked to hospitals. We talked to groups wanting to establish a hospital...We tried to make people aware there was this hospital in place – with surgical suites – in a community that needed (and wanted) itshospital back,”Searssaid. The facility“waslike a‘community chest’or‘medical cabinet’” waiting to be reopened. “We struck gold with St. Joseph (M edical C enter),” he said. Still, the well-matched fi t took about six years to reach fruition due to shifts in the downtown hospital’s ownership. Sears cited D r. John Bertini’s unfl agging involvement as the “lynch pin of this project at St Joe’s.” By M ay 2011, fi nal plans moved forward for a satellite campusin the H eights,though itsservice area extends farther. Sears’ original partnership eventually joined a larger group of more than 100 physicians at St.Joseph that bought part-ownership in the H eightsbranch.Each campusoperates separately under the single SJM C license, and shares a network of 815 board-certifi ed physicians.

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Swanson a perfect fit for Heights hospital, patients Some people fi t in the H eights.O ther people just live there and get along. D r. O lga Swanson fi ts. Barelymorethan ayearago,Swanson wasnowhere near the H eights.She wasa professor of gynecology and roboticssurgeryatUTM B-G alveston.Today,she is one of more than 800 doctors who make up the team of St.Joseph Medical C enter.And asyou might expect,her primary area of focuswill be the H eights area,where she’ll offi ce in the Adamsbuilding on W. 20th Street and visit patients at St. Joseph M edical C enter in the H eights. “It’s such an up and coming area,” Swanson said just a few weeks before moving into her new offi ce. “For me, it’s a great place to practice because there aren’t a lot of O b/G yn doctors.” And asfor clientele,it doesn’t get much better“because there are a lot of older women and there are a lot of younger women,” she said. W hat makes Swanson such a good fi t for the H eights area isn’t just the availability of patients or the new facilities at SJM C -H eights. Like so many people in thispocket of H ouston,she doesthingsher way. “I am a strong believer in minimally invasive surgery,”Swanson said.“I just don’t think we need to do a lot of surgery on most of the issues women face.” For example, there are numbers of ways to treat endometrial ablation,a problem that causessevere bleeding for women.Swanson usesa method called NovaSure–a90-second procedurethatremovespart of the lining of the uterus.What’sbetter isthe cost of the service. “For a procedure like that,it’susually only the price of astandard offi ceco-pay,”Swanson said.“Instead of thousands of dollars, it’s around $35.” She also providesLEEP servicesin the offi ce,handles biopsies there,and“we can even tie tubes in the offi ce,”Swanson said.“And we have an anesthesiologist who comes to our offi ce. So everything can be done right here.” Swanson,who speaksfl uent Russian,came to Texasfrom the suburbsof M ichigan.Today,she and her husband Todd (aradiologist),havefound something of their own suburb in the heart of H ouston. “It’s such a cute little city,”she said of the H eights. “My husband and I went to‘Paint the Town Red’and we had the best time. There’s just a homey feeling

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The H eights campus occupies 21⁄2 remodeled fl oorswithin a Select Specialty H ospital’sfacility at 1917 Ashland St.For older membersof the Heights community,that’sa familiar addressfor healthcare as it was once home to H eights H ospital. And a century ago, that northwest corner of Ashland at 19th St.held some of the area’searliest doctor’soffi ces–above a grocers-turned pharmacy,according to accountsin“H istory of Houston Heights,”by Sister M . Agatha. The current hospital, meanwhile, has leased space for a full-service, 7-bay emergency room on the ground fl oor’s west side; a 48-bed unit for patient care on the fi fth fl oor,and operating rooms on the sixth fl oor, which also has the administrative offi ces. Select Specialty continues to use part of the building and will provide longer-term acute

Dr. Ernest Sears Jr. care services. M eanwhile, the still-empty fourth fl oor awaits possible expansion in the future.For now,obstetrics and high-end care continue to be handled by the downtown campusof St.Joseph,a hospital spokeswoman said. Sears considers the newly minted H eights campus“positioned well for H ouston’s future.” Population density isincreasing within itsservice area inside the Loop,and young familiesare moving into its neighborhoods. “I’m happy this hospital is open again,”he said. “A community needsa hospital for collective local security from disease,” he added in follow-up remarks to an interview.“It includes 24/7 emergency room service without the inconvenience of traveling to far or waiting too long to help. A community hospital also offerscontinuity of care between physicians’ offi ce patients and those needing a higher level of medical or surgical care in local hospital. Finally, it offers families and friends of those hospitalized the convenience of local visitation.”

COUNTING BACK FROM 100 Sears, a H eights resident, has long-term personal and professional connections to H ouston H eights.H is mother’s family lived in that area for generations.And hisG erman-born father,the late D r. Ernest Sears Sr., was a family physician who served the H eightsH ospital community for more than 50 years–after completing hismedical training at St. Joseph’s H ospital. The younger doctor Sears well-remembers a childhood visit to H eightsH ospital for hisappendectomy.And that’sexactly the kind of procedure a nearby hospital is able to provide its neighbors once more.

St. Joseph Medical Center Services Emergency Services Dr. Olga Swanson right in the middle of this big city.” That’sone of the reasonsshe joined the St.Joseph, which she said is a natural fi t in the H eights. “They’re perfect for this area,and I love working with them,”said Swanson,who isan employee of the hospital.“I took a patient there [last week] for a small procedure,and everyone wassuper nice.The patient felt well cared for, and the amenities are great.” Swanson said the great healthcare provided at St. Joseph M edical C enter in the H eightsdoesn’t compromise the quality of care a patient will receive,and she said it’s a much easier hospital to use. “When you come here,you don’t feel like a number,”she said.“You don’t get lost.Parking is free and it’s not an issue.” And Swanson, a former teacher, believes there is one other advantage to being a patient at SJM C H eights. “This isn’t a teaching hospital,” she said.“There are a lot of patients who just want to see their doctor,but they don’t know how to say that.There aren’t residents here, and I think some patients really appreciate that.”

The Emergency Department at St. Joseph Medical Center in The Heights provides ambulance traffic and walk-in traffic immediate access to 7 patient rooms and round the clock medical care. Advanced technologies provide quicker diagnostics, and the space is designed for your comfort and care. Patient drop-off is on the west side of the building on 19th street, with ample parking in the adjacent lot or across Ashland and 20th streets. The hospital does its best to see patients in the order in which they arrive; however, the most emergent cases will be moved to the front of the line. At times SJMC needs to refer non-emergent patients to local clinics in order to care for patients that require immediate care. Inpatient Services There are 48 beds to take care of patients’ needs following surgery, injury or outpatient procedures. In addition to a compassionate healthcare team, patients are supported by the lab, diagnostic and pharmacy services needed during a stay. Today’s advanced imaging technology makes it possible to see inside the human body more clearly than ever before. SJMC’s sophisticated equipment

enables doctors to diagnose and treat disease faster and with even greater accuracy. Along with the confidence that comes from knowing that your medical team is equipped with the diagnostic tools required to provide better care for you, the hospital’s investment in technology means you’ll benefit from quicker, more comfortable procedures.

Electronic archiving also makes a patient’s entire hospital record available to authorized staff at the click of a computer button. Patients returning to the hospital with an emergency have all their medical information instantly available to doctors and nurses for faster care. To schedule an appointment in the Imaging Department, please call 713-757-7416.

Diagnostic Imaging Services Patient Centered Care The Imaging Department is designed to maximize patients’ comfort. A friendly staff is dedicated to making your experience here as pleasant as possible. For the convenience of patients and their referring physicians, the hospital provides: • Easy and flexible scheduling, including some walk-in appointments • Comfortable waiting areas • Prompt delivery of test results • Faster, Better Communication Because a fully digital, electronic imaging system is used, doctors have immediate access to the results of patients’ diagnostic procedures – and can view them on a computer screen, using secure Internet access, from home, the office or the hospital.

Advanced Imaging Capabilities The Imaging Department includes some of the most advanced medical equipment in use today. In addition, all systems are digital, enabling higher quality images and faster retrieval. With boardcertified radiologists and experienced technicians making use of these sophisticated technologies, SJMC’s capabilities translate into services for you that are second to none.

64-slice CT Scanner Computer Tomography (CT) scans create images of internal organs, tissues and bones. In just seconds, this advanced technology can make a complete scan of a patient’s entire body — or produce detailed views of a targeted area, such as the brain or heart.

Physicians can view the individual images (called “slices”) for specific detail. Or they can assemble the images to create a three-dimensional view of an organ. The result often is a faster, more precise diagnosis. The 64-slice CT scanner is among the most sophisticated available.

Surgical Services Surgical Services at St. Joseph Medical Center in The Heights embraces a multitude of planned acts of caring for patients and family. SJMC is a community of professionals that will provide for patients’ good health prior to and following any surgical procedure. Whether for simple diagnostic or definitive surgical care, SJMC will focus on the needs of each individual patient in determining process, care and follow-up. Minimally invasive, laparoscopic and open surgical techniques are employed for conditions such as gall bladder disease, appendectomies, abdominal surgeries, hernias, orthopedic repairs, breast surgery, urologic surgery and more. Please call 713.757.7575 to find a surgeon who practices at St Joseph.

St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights cut the ribbon on the new hospital on Monday, Dec. 10. (Photo by Larry Plasek)


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dra Fernandez, the H ouston Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief spokesperson, when The Leader asked for a status report. She said the renovations to the 17,440 square-foot library include new rubber fl ooring, paint and refi nished furniture, an addition of a dedicated area for teen patrons with a glass wall partition, new furniture and shelving. The meeting room will be freshened with new paint and fl ooring, and the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area will boast a â&#x20AC;&#x153;new lookâ&#x20AC;? with soft seating and refi nished furniture, with more glass walls separating the children, teen and adult areas. And the â&#x20AC;&#x153;reference deskâ&#x20AC;? will now become an â&#x20AC;&#x153;information deskâ&#x20AC;? and be moved from the entry of the library to a central location. H ereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Fernandez says has been accomplished so far:

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by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com Sparrow and the Nest, a new shop at 1020 Studewood, was formerly a duplex in such poor condition that proprietor Stephanie Lienhard and husband Andrew werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure they could fi x it. Lienhard shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have worried. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been practicing the art of transformation for years. Formerly a make-up artist in New York C ity for M olly Ringwald, she also worked with fi ne art photographer Joyce Tenneson on two books, including the best-selling Wise Women which included pictures of Lauren Bacall and C oretta Scott King among others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up always having art in my life,â&#x20AC;? Lienhard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although I had some training at G lassell and University of H ouston, I am mostly self-taught. My aunt was a wonderful artist who exposed me to painting at a very early age. My grandfather was a printer. I actually had a calling card as a little girl.â&#x20AC;? Husband Andrew, a jazz pianist who hosts twice yearly concerts on his front porch, is no slouch in the creative department either, although he also uses plenty of his left brain as a software engineer for a company based in Austin. Together for 18 years after meeting at a jazz club currently occupied by C anopy Restaurant in M ontrose, the Lienhards have pursued a life of adventure, both in New York where Andrew worked on Wall Street and back in Texas where they moved in 2005. The fi rst stop was not H ouston, where they both have family, but nearby Bellville (Population 4,097). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to joke we threw a dart at a map,â&#x20AC;? Andrew said. In Bellville they renovated a 112 year old building and opened a small vegetarian-friendly, jazz venue called The Fainting G oat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a not so natural fi t in the middle of cattle country. It was the fi rst place in town to have a unisex bathroom. They served hummus and no Bud Light to the surprise of the patrons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be surprised who came in there,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never lost money.â&#x20AC;? After deciding they wanted to be closer to family, they closed The Fainting G oat after a year and moved to the H eights. There the couple hosted an Underground Arts M arket in their home for fi ve years which was

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