First Heart Patient Supported with The Impella, the "World's Smallest Heart Pump" at Kingwood Medical Center
Kingwood, TX, February 3, 2015- Kingwood Medical Center, an HCA Affiliated Hospital, today announced Interventional Cardiologist Rick Ganim, M.D. has successfully performed the first interventional heart procedure using the "the world's smallest catheter-based heart pump," the Impella Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) in the Lake Houston area.
"The Impella device, a new, minimally-invasive heart catheter pump, helps a patient's weakened heart gain strength by providing temporary circulatory support, easing the workload of the heart muscle in patients with weakened or failing hearts," said Dr. Rick Ganim, Interventional Cardiologist at Kingwood Medical Center.
"Unlike open-heart surgery that requires surgeons to make a large incision in the chest, the Impella heart pump can be implanted through a small incision in the groin in the cardiac catheterization lab, without the need for surgical intervention. From there, the Impella device is advanced through the patient's femoral artery using a standard catheter wire. The pump is then guided up to the heart until the device sits across the aortic valve, with one end in the left ventricle, where it keeps the patient's blood pumping through the body. With the support of the Impella pump, doctors can safely perform procedures such as balloon angioplasty, or insert stents to unclog blocked arteries and restore blood flow in even the most seriously ill patients. The Impella heart pump provides lifesaving support for patients, like Marie Holt, whose heart was too weak to survive surgical procedures that would otherwise be too risky. This tiny heart pump helped us save Marie Holt's life," added Dr. Ganim.
National Hurricane Center Releases New Storm Surge Video
NOAA's National Hurricane Center and Office for Coastal Management have worked in collaboration to produce a new video to raise awareness of storm surge.
Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone, yet many people do not understand the term or the danger it poses.
Hurricane evacuations in the U.S. are primarily based on storm surge, not wind. Many forget that most of the damage and fatalities from tropical cyclones are a result of the water and not the wind. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles—including pickups and SUVs.
This new video uses a "fast draw" technique to explain the storm surge hazard in an engaging and interesting manner.
Surveillance Detection Course
Presented by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Bombing Prevention.
This is an opportunity to participate in a Homeland Security drill. It will be held at the Deerbrook Mall, 20131 Hwy. 59 N., Humble on February 5, 2015. If you want to play and are interested, download the flyer and send all questions to Andy Washburn. As always, we like to know if any of our members plan to participate so drop us a line.
This course provides the participant instruction on how to detect hostile surveillance by exploring surveillance techniques, tactics, and procedures from a hostile perspective. These skills enhance counter-IED capabilities of law enforcement and security professionals to detect, prevent, protect against, and respond to IED threats.
Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for law enforcement and public/private sector security staff.
Disaster Chaplaincy Two-Day Training
The Houston Interfaith Disaster Response Alliance (HIDRA) is pleased to invite you to participate in our inaugural Disaster Chaplaincy Training.
What: In partnership with National Disaster Interfaith Network (NDIN), HIDRA will be offering Disaster Chaplaincy training for the Houston region. This two day training is one piece of a credentialing process that will endorse disaster chaplains for service in the greater Houston region during times of local and regional disasters.
Planning Together; Responding Together
A Faith & Disaster Conference
March 26, 2015; 8:30am – 3:00pm
6011 W. Orem, Houston, TX, 77085
A conference that will provide an opportunity for communities of faith and emergency management organizations to learn from each other and plan together to serve the Greater Houston area in times of disaster.
Free Community Health Fair on January 24, 2015
The CV Cares Foundation & Cardiovascular Association has partnered with the City of Humble, Kingwood Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Northeast to offer free health screenings to the community at the Humble Civic Center on Saturday, January 24th from 8:00 am – 4:00pm. At this event, Kingwood Medical Center staff and Lone Star College nursing student volunteers will be providing a total lipid profile and blood glucose screenings, and bone density screenings. There will also be blood pressure checks, ECG & interpretation by Cardiologists, Carotid & PAD screenings, AAA screenings, vision and dental screenings, and free breakfast available after testing. See attached flyer for details. Please share this information with your friends, families and neighbors and plan to join us on Saturday.
Help Wanted: HPD Offers $5,000 Incentive to Join the Ranks
The Houston Police Department is looking to hire dozens of men and women in our city and is offering a $5,000 hiring incentive to new police recruits in the February, May, and June 2015 academy classes.
Each cadet will receive $2,500 within 30 days after starting the academy and $2,500 upon graduation from the academy.
Since the hiring process could take up to 90 days, the application process starts as soon as possible!
If you or someone you know is interested in serving and protecting our great city, please go to www.hpdcareer.com or contact the HPD Recruiting Division at 713-308-1300 for more information.
The CERT Rodeo 2015
The CERT Rodeo 2015 is less than 18 days away: Saturday, February 7th, 2015.
Sign up today for one of the most interesting and dynamic Ham public service events in the Houston area.
This annual competition test the skills of CERT volunteers. They'll participate in a series of events using the skills they learned in their 8-week training program; basic medical operations, search and rescue, fire suppression, cribbing, scene size-up are some of the exciting team building activities you'll see and communicate about.
A number of Ham radio positions are available to support the leadership of the Harris County Citizen Corp in a variety of physical activity levels.
Humble C.E.R.T. Training Registration Now Open
The City of Humble Office of Emergency Management and Harris County Citizens' Corps will hold Community Emergency Response Training a/k/a CERT training starting on February 17, 2015, each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. thru April 7, 2015.
Citizens will be trained in the following:
- Disaster Response – what to do
- Fire Suppression – learn how to extinguish small fires and use extinguishers
- Medical I – how to treat airway obstructions; cuts; broken bones
- Medical II – triage; treat shock victims; broken bones; life threatening emergencies
- Search & Rescue – how to help after a disaster; how to search & rescue
- Disaster Psychology – how to help people after a loss
- Terrorism & CERT – how to recognize terrorism/targets/weapons
- Learn Haz-mat signs, how to react
Week 8 will be a drill over everything you have learned in the prior 7 weeks.
Humble Area CERT has one of the most active CERT groups in Harris County. We do a lot of hands-on-training and continuing education for our 500 plus members.
Registration requirements: home address, email address, phone numbers and subdivision name.