Scrub your worries away and relax into the holidays

Hyatt Hill Country_gretyThe holidays are here, full of commitments, to-do lists, shopping, cooking and entertaining, but if you want to turn your holidays into “Aaaahhh-lidays,” you need to make room on your calendar to scrub your worries away at Windflower – The Hill Country Spa. Thanks to a series of happy hours designed for busy multi-taskers to pair downtime and social time with fabulous cocktails and spa treatments, you can relax into your holiday season while spending time with friends and getting your body ready for the holiday fun ahead.

Windflower – The Hill Country Spa at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is putting the “aaaahhhhh” into your holidays with a special happy hour series, “Toast the Season”, giving you the opportunity to raise a glass and your relaxation level at the same time. “Toast the Season” offers you the opportunity to enjoy specially-priced spa services, paired with music, cocktails and appetizers in the beautiful setting of Windflower – The Hill Country Spa.

Toast the Season kicks off Thursday, Nov. 20th—just in time to put you in the grateful spirit for Thanksgiving—then continues Thursdays,  Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th, giving you numerous opportunities to get yourself ready to shine for the holiday fun ahead. Each Toast the Season happy hour will be held 6-9 PM at Windflower – The Hill Country Spa on the grounds of Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa and will feature just the right soundtrack to get you in the mood, the talented singer/songwriter Tim Phillips on acoustic guitar.

Make Time to Polish and Shine for the Holidays
Toast the Season offers a menu of relaxation and flavor to put you in the holiday mood while getting you polished and prepped for holiday fun—and of course, it’s designed for you to enjoy with friends, making your season even merrier. With a menu of scrubs good enough to eat—not to mention fabulous cocktails created to compliment each of the scrubs and fantastic hors d’oeuvres from Antlers Lodge, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa’s onsite fine dining restaurant with Hill Country flavors beyond compare—Toast the Season is perfect for polishing your body for the holidays ahead.

Services offered during the happy hours include special pedicures and body scrubs featuring the fabulous FarmHouse Fresh product line used at Windflower – The Hill Country Spa. So get out of the kitchen and indulge in body scrubs and pedicures featuring natural ingredients straight from the cupboard, including: Watermelon-Basil Vodka Scrub; Bourbon Bubbler Scrub; Ruby Red Grapefruit Scrub; Citrus Grass Soothing Scrub; Rasmopolitan Scrub; Honey Lavender Scrub and Butter-Rum Scrub.

The seasonal pedicures and body scrubs are $65 each during Toast the Season, and each service includes a cocktail concoction of your choice, created to match the fabulous scrub flavors. Mix and match to enjoy the flavors suited to you—whether you’d like a Mistletoe Martini or a Harvest Moon, a Yule Tide Mule or The Grinch, or even a Rudolph’s Ruby Red or a RaspBerry Blitzen, the cocktail menu will definitely make your taste buds as happy as your body will be after enjoying the spa services:

  • 50-minute Pedicure: Includes a hot milk soak for the feet (using FarmHouse Fresh’s Nectar Milk or Butter Brûlée Milk), nail detail service (polish removal, cuticle treatment, file), followed by an exfoliation to soften the skin using your choice of the special FarmHouse Fresh scrub’s selected for these special holiday events. Service concludes with a petite leg and foot massage and moisture application using FarmHouse Fresh body milk (Sweet Cream Body Milk or Back Country Caramel Body Milk). *enjoy service while sipping on your choice of the signature drink pairings
  • 25-minute Scrub: This experience begins with a gentle and aromatic, full-body exfoliation fearturing the FarmHouse Fresh scrub of your choice to smooth rough skin and leave your body glowing. This treatment ends with a hydrating, full-body effleurage using FarmHouse Fresh body milk (Sweet Cream Body Milk or Back Country Caramel Body Milk).*enjoy service while sipping on your choice of the signature drink pairings

One cocktail is included with the purchase of a service, additional drinks are $8 each during the event. And to make Toast the Season even more fun:  guests will receive a certificate for one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two entrées at Antlers Lodge, so you can come back and enjoy a terrific meal and keep the holiday spirit flowing.

Reservations for services during Toast the Season are HIGHLY recommended as these events are sure to sell out.  Contact the spa at 210-767-5577 to ensure you don’t miss your chance to primp, polish and relax your way into the holidays.

Fresh From the Farm, Just for You
When you’re secluded in a setting that captures the charm and allure of a 19th century Texas Hill Country homestead, it’s natural to feel tied to the land and beauty around you.  Windflower – The Hill Country Spa features FarmHouse Fresh products, made with up to 99.6% natural and naturally-derived ingredients right here in Texas. All of their products are free of parabens and sulfates and all of their fragrances are all natural or phthalate free.

Featured on Oprah’s “O-List”, FarmHouse Fresh products have received the Dallas Beauty Award presented by Dallas’ D Magazine, as well as Redbook’s Most Valuable Beauty Product, Daily Candy’s Best of Beauty, and Elle Canada Hot List. They were also voted by spas, hotels and resorts as one of the top 5 Favorite Bodycare Lines in the US in both 2012 and 2013 in American Spa Magazine. FarmHouse Fresh’s shea butter Whoopie! Cream was also voted by spas, hotels and resorts as the Favorite Body Lotion in LNE Magazine.

Relax Through the Holidays
If you’re ready to unwind and welcome the holidays rested and recharged, Windflower – The Hill Country Spa is the answer. Set in the middle of 300 acres of wildflowers and historic Texas ranch land and named by Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the top 100 resort spas in the United States, the spa is nestled in a secluded grove of live oaks on the grounds of the resort. To approach Windflower – The Hill Country Spa from the resort is to walk down a country lane into the past. The antique Star Windmill, slowly turning in the breeze over surrounding live oaks, beckons you into another time, another place. In every detail, the farmhouse resembles one of the 19th century farms that once dotted the Hill Country.

The scent of herbs and antique roses from the garden sets the mood—and for Toast the Season, a warm, flickering fire will greet you as well. Customized 50-80 minute treatments are offered in 21 rooms housed in the structure’s “renovated barn.” Aromatherapy and other treatments utilize indigenous herbs, botanicals, and elements of the Texas Hill Country to leave you feeling completely refreshed, so indulge in a special spa service, and keep the stress of the holiday season at bay. The spa is open to the public 8 AM – 6 PM daily, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift idea for the holidays, gift certificates are available so you can give the gift of a fabulous spa experience to those on your holiday lists!

Located just 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio and the San Antonio International Airport, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers a retreat that feels a world away, but the convenience and fun of San Antonio is just outside your door. Built in 1993, the AAA Four-Diamond resort features a 500-room luxury hotel, championship 27-hole golf course, a full-service state-of-the-art spa. The resort also boasts a tennis court, award-winning dining, walking/jogging path and nature trail, health club facility, five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, tower water slide, three swimming pools and cascading waterfalls, two outdoor whirlpools, Camp Hyatt children’s program and a 950-foot Ramblin’ River intertwined with lush gardens.

About Hyatt Regency Hill Country
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is located on 300-scenic acres in the heart of San Antonio. The recently renovated 500-room resort features 53,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 165,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

Resort amenities include the full-service Windflower – The Hill Country Spa featuring 21-treatment rooms with world-class services, a five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, 22’ tower waterslide, four swimming pools, Ramblin’ River and regulation sized sand volleyball court. With five restaurants, a lounge and tavern, guests can enjoy superb epicurean dining or cocktails with colleagues overlooking a lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course. For reservations or information contact 210-647-1234 or visit us at hillcountry.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to whom and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit hyattregency.com or facebook.com/HyattRegency.

 

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio expands pediatric network in North-Central San Antonio

CHRISTUSHealthSystemThe Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is expanding its Pediatric Network in North-Central San Antonio, providing more access to care for children and families with the opening of its new pediatric clinic at Alon Town Centre. 

“The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has recruited world-class pediatricians with longstanding involvement in the community whose number one goal is to provide the best in pediatric health care,” said Elias J. Neujahr, President of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.  “Our pediatricians are the foundation of our children’s health from birth.  With their expertise, we are able to create an integrated health care system that puts our children first.”

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio first announced the creation of the Physician Group in May of this year with Tejas Pediatrics, Children First Pediatrics, Northwest Pediatrics, and Dr. Sky Izaddoost leading the charge to develop the network.

“Growing up in San Antonio, I’ve watched our city expand and develop.  As our city grew, so did the need for healthcare, especially for our children,” said Dr. Izaddoost.  “By aligning with the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, I strive to be part of a network of physicians putting our children first. I am honored and grateful to provide world class, seamless care in our community.  This is an exciting opportunity to improve the health and well-being of our most precious, our children.”

Dr. Izaddoost and Dr. Subhashini Valavalkar will be anchoring a new location at Alon Town Centre.

“The health care landscape is changing – especially pediatric medicine in San Antonio,” said Dr. Subhashini Valavalkar.  “I am very happy to actively participate in this medical evolution in San Antonio and South Texas. I believe our new primary care team, in partnership with physicians at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine, and the private community, is a positive move towards continuing the advancement of providing quality care to all children in San Antonio.”

“The model we have created implements an integrated medical record system, accessible by all physicians in the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio network,” said Elias J. Neujahr, President of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.  “That network enables pediatricians and pediatric specialists caring for a child to communicate, with real-time updates on the child’s health.  This new location ensures we can continue to provide the best possible medical care for our patients and their families.”

The new Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Physician Group at Alon Town Centre is located at 11503 NW Military Highway, Suite 113, San Antonio, TX 78231 and is scheduled to open November 24, 2014.  The clinic’s hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  New and existing patients are invited to call 210.705.5151 to make an appointment.

All Methodist Healthcare Hospitals in San Antonio earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ recognition

methodist hcs logoMethodist Healthcare announced that all of its hospitals have been recognized as  2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Methodist Hospital and its campuses at Methodist Children’s Hospital, Methodist Heart Hospital, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Methodist Texsan Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and Northeast Methodist Hospital* plus Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and children’s asthma.  Methodist Healthcare is the only hospital system in San Antonio to receive this Top Performer status.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

Three out of the last four years Methodist Hospital’s campuses have been recognized as  Top Performers.  Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital were recognized two out of the last four years.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Methodist Healthcare for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Methodist Healthcare is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO for Methodist Healthcare. “Methodist Healthcare is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff,” he continued.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

*These hospitals share the same Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provider number with Methodist Hospital and therefore are evaluated as a single entity by The Joint Commission; Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center, each has its own provider number.

About Methodist Healthcare
Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio (MHS) began as Methodist Hospital, chartered in 1955 by the United Methodist Church.  Since that time, MHS has grown to what is now the largest health care provider in South and Central Texas with 27 facilities, including nine acute care hospitals serving over 90,000 inpatients and 390,000 outpatients annually, expanding its vision of world class health care to San Antonio and 26 surrounding counties.

The System’s ownership structure is a 50/50 co-ownership between not-for-profit Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) and for-profit Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). With equal partnership control, MHS assures a dynamic balance in its mission: serving humanity to honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective healthcare accessible to all.

Led by a culture of Methodist Excellence, the over 8,000 staff and volunteers combined with a medical staff of over 2,500, dedicate themselves to continuous quality improvement by committing to live by Methodist Excellence mission, vision and values.

Methodist Healthcare has achieved many awards for clinical excellence and quality outcomes as well innovation and people’s choice awards. Receiving the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2014 is a testament to Methodist Healthcare being selected as the most preferred and trusted health care system each and every year.

 

CHRISTUS Physician Group adds Dr. Rashida Champion Henderson and Dr. Jennefer Carl Sutton to its primary care network

CHRISTUSSantaRosa_colorRashida Champion Henderson, MD, and Jennefer Carl Sutton, MD, have joined the CHRISTUS Physician Group (CPG), a network of local physicians in San Antonio. The addition of Dr. Henderson and Dr. Sutton to CPG is an example of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa’s commitment to provide access to convenient, high-quality primary health care close to home. Dr. Henderson has opened her practice, CHRISTUS Family Medicine – Westover Hills, in the western portion of Bexar County located at 11212 State Highway 151, Medical Plaza 1, San Antonio, Texas  78251. Dr. Jennefer Sutton will be opening CHRISTUS Family Medicine – Shavano Park in north-central San Antonio near Highway 1604 and NW Military Drive at 4118 Pond Hill Road, Shavano Park, Texas  78231.

Dr. Henderson graduated from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, and went on to complete her Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Louisiana Tech University. In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center and completed her Family Residency and Geriatric Fellowship with the Medical Center of Central Georgia / Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Henderson is board-certified in Family Medicine and board-eligible in Geriatric Medicine. She provides family medicine and geriatric medicine services, from every day common ailments to acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Rashida Champion Henderson is currently welcoming new patients.  To schedule an appointment, call 210.703.8955.

Dr. Jennefer Carl Sutton is committed to one ideal: building lasting relationships with her patients. This belief guided her through medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and grew stronger as she completed her residency at Georgetown University, where she served as the program’s chief resident. Dr. Sutton combines her extensive experience and deep concern for patients in order to provide an extraordinary level of care.  She enjoys helping her patients live life to its fullest and is welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sutton, call 210.705.5545. 

“CHRISTUS Physician Group strives to be a leader in service, and we do that by providing valuable, community-focused care,” says Jason Markham, COO of CHRISTUS Physician Group. “Success hinges on four pillars – focusing on superior clinical quality, creating an exceptional personal experience for each patient, running efficient clinics to maximize value to those we serve, and focusing on the unique needs of the communities.”

CHRISTUS Physician Group was formed by CHRISTUS Health in 1993 as a faith-based, not-for-profit physician employment and practice management organization with a deep-rooted mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.  Today, CPG employs more than 90 physicians and other health care providers in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and other specialties. The Group focuses on delivering excellent health care in a service-focused, compassionate environment.

CHRISTUS Physician Group clinics accept a variety of health insurance plans, which vary from clinic to clinic. Patients are encouraged to select a physician or other health care provider by visiting christusphysiciangroup.org and call the office of their choice for more details on current health plan information, operating hours, and services offered.

About CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System
Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, with campuses located in the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, in Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. Located downtown, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, formerly known as CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, is the first hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System also owns a majority interest in CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers – San Antonio, LLC, a joint venture physician partnership which is comprised of two outpatient surgery centers in San Antonio with facilities in Stone Oak and the Medical Center.  Additionally, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System owns a majority interest in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Braunfels, a joint venture physician partnership.  CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is the preferred health system of the San Antonio SPURS. For additional information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, visit
www.christussantarosa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christussantarosa and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CSRHS.

 

 

Lower debt, higher wholesale sales allows CPS Energy to delay planned rate increase

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CPS Energy will once again be able to eliminate a rate increase request initially planned to take effect in February 2016.

This is the second time the company has been able to extend the time between rate increase requests, thanks to continued diligent streamlining of our business processes, lower debt costs and increased sales of wholesale electricity.

When CPS Energy came before the community seeking a rate adjustment for 2008, we shared plans which showed the need to seek rate increases every other year for the next decade, to pay for additional growth, environmental compliance and system maintenance.

As our regulator, the San Antonio City Council approved the next planned rate increase, which went into effect in 2010. In 2011, CPS Energy was able to delay our next planned request until 2013. In October of that year, the council approved a 4.25 percent rate adjustment, which went into effect this February.

At that time, we outlined to the council the anticipated need to ask for a 5.25 percent adjustment next year, to take effect in February 2016.

But as in 2012, we now do not need to make that request. Barring unlikely circumstances, we will not need to seek an increase until late 2017, which would go into effect February of 2018.

Several factors allowed for this change. Visit CPS Energy’s blog to read more.

 

 

 

SpawGlass Foundation presents $22,500 to Respite Care of San Antonio

180x150-SpawGlassOn November 18, 2014, SpawGlass Foundation presented a check for $22,500 to Respite Care of San Antonio. The check represents proceeds raised from SpawGlass-San Antonio’s first annual golf tournament held in October. This gift will empower specialized care, healing and hope to children with special needs residing in the Davidson Respite House and the Najim Family Respite Home. Respite Care of San Antonio’s mission is to provide services to enhance the stability and the nurturing opportunities of families caring for a loved one with a developmental disability.Check_Presentation_SpawGlass_and_Respite_Care

 

San Antonio named site for 2018 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®

SanAntonioSports_colorThe NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced that San Antonio will be the site for the 2018 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. San Antonio was one of eight cities vying for the marquee event in 2017-2020 cycle, including Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, and St. Louis. San Antonio has hosted three Men’s Final Four’s, the last one in 2008.

“This is great news and I want to thank the NCAA for selecting San Antonio as a site for the Men’s Final Four and confirming that San Antonio is one of the best cities in the nation—if not the best city—for hosting a Final Four. I want to thank and commend the hard work of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee which includes UTSA, San Antonio Sports and our City staff. Once again, all that makes San Antonio special will be showcased across the country and around the world,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.

“NCAA fans love coming to San Antonio for this marquee event and our city has the perfect setup for all the Final Four has to offer,” said San Antonio Sports President & CEO Russ Bookbinder. “We look forward to hosting an outstanding event that is so much more than a basketball game.”

Based on the 2014 Men’s Final Four held in North Texas, the event is expected to have an economic impact of $85 million. It will be held in an Alamodome which will undergo extensive upgrades, including expanded concourses and improved interior technology, with a seating capacity of up to 72,000.

“We are proud to welcome back the NCAA Men’s Final Four to San Antonio. The Alamodome, San Antonio’s world-class facility, is already home to UTSA’s Roadrunner football and the Valero Alamo Bowl, and with our planned improvements will be the perfect setting for premier sporting events such as the Final Four,” said San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley.

San Antonio has hosted three previous Men’s Final Fours (1998, 2004, 2008), two Women’s Final Fours (2002, 2010) and two Women’s Division I Volleyball Championship (2005, 2011). Today’s announcement culminated more than a year of planning, meetings, facility diagrams, renderings, bid books, presentations and a site visit. San Antonio’s bid committee, including key members of San Antonio Sports, UTSA, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alamodome and the City’s Sports & Convention Facilities Department, traveled to the NCAA® headquarters on Nov. 12 for their final presentation to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

“We’re very excited that we have another opportunity to host the Final Four here in San Antonio. This means a tremendous amount to our university and to the visibility of UTSA,” said UTSA Athletic Director Lynn Hickey. “San Antonio is a great site for this event and the NCAA Tournament in general, and we are honored to be the host institution for one of the best sporting events in the nation. The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee is an excellent collaboration of hard-working and committed people. The City has made an outstanding commitment to upgrade the Alamodome, and when you put all of the other things that we have — the proximity of our hotels to the facility, the River Walk, the staff that knows how to run this tournament well — it’s just a win-win. It’s well deserved and we will do a great job as hosts.”

November Word from the Chairman

Turner_Annie-Chairmans-photo-PRAdvocacy Alert: Proposition 1 Passes – Increased Funding for Transportation
The North San Antonio Chamber board of directors endorsed Proposition 1 – the constitutional amendment to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization and state highway funds, and we are so pleased that citizens turned out to vote for and pass this amendment on Election Day. A strong transportation infrastructure is fundamental to Texas’ quality of life and economic vitality, attracting new businesses and generating new jobs. Proposition 1 ensures the dedication of the revenue transferred to the state highway fund to be used only for developing public roads (not toll roads) and that those dedicated funds be allocated by the Texas Department of Transportation in a manner consistent with existing formulas to ensure that the entire state benefits from this additional funding.

Advocacy Alert: Vista Ridge Project Passes – Diversified Water Resource Secured
The North San Antonio Chamber board of directors endorsed the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline Project – a project that will deliver water for 162,000 households, 20% more water for San Antonio and protect the Edwards Aquifer during drought, and we are thrilled that the City Council voted to approve the project. Water is the key to economic development opportunities and quality of life for our city. We thank and applaud all of our community partners for advocating on behalf of this project and City elected officials for having the foresight to secure this vital water resource.

New Benefits Heading Your Way!
As a member of the North San Antonio Chamber, I’m excited to share with you that our chamber will soon offer new resources to help you manage your chamber membership, market your business on the web and monitor online traffic to your content on northsachamber.com.

The North SA Chamber will be converting to a new member software application, Chamber Master – that will enable the chamber to better manage information, involvement and events – while offering you enhanced benefits.

Starting the first week of December, members will enjoy new website features and benefits that will help you: market your business in the Member Directory; add company social media and website links to your online directory listing; promote an event through the Calendar of Events; post RFPs or market your product/service through the MarketSpace online member store; recruit talent through a more robust Job Bank; advertise your product/service through public or member-to-member Hot Deals and much more. Learn more.

Leadership Lab Call for Nominations
It’s that time of year again. The North SA Chamber is seeking a diverse group of bright and dedicated individuals to participate in the 2015 Leadership Lab class. Leadership Lab is the North Chamber’s award-winning leadership academy featuring best-in-class testing, training and relationship building. The series includes interviews and selection in January, an orientation in February, a retreat in March and monthly full-day classes through November, culminating in a graduation ceremony.

As your company is planning for the 2015 training and professional development budget, please consider Leadership Lab as a tool to cultivate your organization’s emerging leaders or to inspire seasoned managers or executives to a higher level of performance and community engagement.

Interested individuals must complete an application and submit it by Friday, December 5, 2014. Applicants will be selected for participation by the Leadership Lab alumni. Leadership Lab Program Brochure / Leadership Lab Application

Annual Gala
On behalf of the board of directors and executive committee, I invite you to join us for the biggest night of the year – the Annual North SA Chamber Gala – Carnival: Rio de Janiero on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the JW Marriott Resort. This event is a spectacular evening of elevated networking, entertainment and recognition as we welcome our incoming chairman, Rob Killen of Kaufman Killen, and the 2015 board of directors.

Be a part of it.
Your North SA Chamber is hard at work with member volunteers planning and producing 2015 programming that is essential to helping your businesses. On behalf of our staff and volunteer corps, I invite you to join a committee to take advantage of the connection opportunities your Chamber provides. You can learn more about various Participation Opportunities and upcoming Events online, or call the North SA Chamber at (210) 344-4848.

BioBridge Global has been making a world of difference for 40 years

BioBridgeGlobal_colorIn 1974, a group of forward-thinking doctors, with the support of the Bexar County Medical Society, recognized the need for the establishment of a blood collection center dedicated to serving area hospitals.

They created the South Texas Regional Blood Bank. In its first year, the new enterprise drew 25,000 blood components used by local and regional medical providers for the patients they served.

By 1976, larger accommodations were required. After two more moves, the blood bank settled in 1994 into its current space at 6211 Interstate 10 and renamed itself, due to expanded capabilities, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. Nearly 40 years’ worth of growth led the nonprofit organization to change its name in 2013 to BioBridge Global (BBG). BBG now is the umbrella company for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center;  QualTex Laboratories, which tests blood and plasma products for clients worldwide (including STBTC); GenCure, which procures and processes donated human tissue, cells and umbilical cord blood; and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for BBG’s work.

Linda Myers 2014.5“Our journey in 40 years from being a regional blood bank to becoming a multifaceted biomedical organization with international clientele has been really incredible,” said Linda Myers, CEO of BioBridge Global. “Every entity we’ve partnered with along the way, especially those in San Antonio, has helped us get where we are today. I’m optimistic about our position as we head into the future of new and exciting medical frontiers.”

BBG is becoming an international player in biosciences and the relatively new field of regenerative medicine, evidenced by it being asked to be a co-organizing partner of the World Stem Cell Summit. The 10th annual summit is taking place in San Antonio on Dec. 3-5, and BBG will be hosting an exclusive pre-conference lunch and tour for conference registrants along with the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Southwest Research Institute.

Acting as host city for the summit that brings together the largest contingent of international stem cell and regenerative medicine experts and stakeholders is truly a coup for our city. A delegation of San Antonio’s top bioscience participants, including BioBridge Global, as well as city and county leaders such as then-Mayor Julián Castro and Henry Cisneros convinced WSCS organizers to locate in San Antonio, snatching the conference away from much larger cities.

For his work as a champion of San Antonio’s bioscience industry and as chairman of BioMed SA, Cisneros will be a Stem Cell Action Award honoree for leadership at the event. There’s still time to register at worldstemcellsummit.com.

This fall, employees of BioBridge Global and its subsidiaries – including a laboratory in Atlanta – are celebrating the organization’s 40-year legacy as well as a promising future as a leader in regenerative medicine.

“We will continue moving forward to make a difference in the lives of those in our San Antonio community as well as around the world,” Myers said. “With a history of service and advancement behind us, along with the support of our local business partners, I have no doubt that we’re in for another successful 40 years and more.”

Congratulations to the 2014 Leadership Lab Class Graduates

LL Lab Photo_Retreat2014 Leadership Lab Class

Bruce Ahlswede
Walton Signage

Gena Alvarez
C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc

Rosantina Aranda
Frost

Victoria Arellano
Reece Supply Company

Danny Arnold
Security Service FCU

Caitlin Bagnall
2014 Lab Student

John Barbour
Alterman, Inc.

Colleen Bartee
SWBC

Sjanna Bernal
Security Service FCU

Bryan Beverly
Denim Group, Ltd

Marian Braggs
CPS Energy

Scott Brant
Catholic Life Insurance

Meagan Brown
San Antonio Water System

Christal Carrick
Accenture

Genaro Castro
SeaWorld San Antonio

Melissa Cody
SeaWorld San Antonio

Jonathan Contreras
Structure Tone Southwest

Rosemary Davis
Security Service FCU

Jessica Delgado
Broadway Bank

Ben Dolan
Deacon Recruiting, Inc.

Brenna Dominguez
Airrosti Rehab Centers

Michael Easterling
H-E-B

Jan Edmondson
ATKG, LLP

Bryan Edwards
MGR Accounting
Recruiters

Candy Ferdin
SWBC

Samantha Fojtik
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Todd Freedman
Security Service FCU

James Garcia
SWBC

Bonnie Garza
Dahill

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