Exclamation Points! – July 2014

Dr. Ben Carson and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

Dr. Ben Carson and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

Run Ben Run! These were the words that met me as I pulled up to the Family Christian Store in Sugar Land to meet Dr. Ben Carson. Carson, neurosurgeon, professor, author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in our country, stopped in Sugar Land during his “One Nation” tour.  Whether you agree or disagree with his philosophy and politics, it was pretty cool that Sugar Land warranted a stop on his tour. And yes, it was pretty cool to meet him and his wife, Candy, as well.

Along with a national figure, state-of-the-art technology has also made its way to Sugar Land. It’s the technology that graces our cover, and CHI St. Luke’s Health Sugar Land Hospital will soon be the first and only hospital in the Greater Houston area and the fifth hospital in the world to be equipped with the next generation da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Robotic-assisted surgery has many benefits, and now, patients in Sugar Land can be at the forefront taking advantage of this amazing technology.

Another pretty cool thing going on at absolutely! focus media is that one of our community publications, absolutely! Brazos, serving the Richmond, Rosenberg and Fulshear communities, received Texana Center’s Media of the Year Award at the organization’s 4th Annual Reaching for the Stars Awards Ceremony. We were honored to receive this designation from an organization that does so much to support individuals needing behavioral, intellectual and developmental care. In 2012, Fort Bend Focus was awarded this honor, and we thank you, Texana Center, for continuing to recognize our efforts and commitment to community.

Speaking of honoring, who are the 2014 GEMS of Fort Bend?  The three Generous, Enthusiastic Men Serving were introduced at an event at Constellation Field, and they are shining stars of our community. Neil Banfield, Robert C. Brown, III and James D. Rice are our GEMS featured on page 62. Mark your calendars for October 23rd as we celebrate these three community servants with a GEMS and jeans themed event. We hope to see you there!

Finally, how are you and your family celebrating July 4th? There are some great family-friendly events taking place in Fort Bend. Read all about them on page 20, and start making your plans to celebrate our great nation.

Have a wonderful July 4th!


Absolutely! yours,