Cardiologists celebrate 25 years at Woodland Heights

I laughed and told Mary King and Kim Ogden that I hoped no one needed a cardiologist while we were all celebrating 25 years of Cardiac Excellence at Woodland Heights Medical Center at Crown Colony because they were at the party.
The first heart surgery was in 1988.  Dr. Bachireddy’s wife Aruna Bachireddy had a balloon framed from that big event in 1987 when the cardiac center was founded at Woodland Heights Medical Center.  Jack Blake from Davenport, Iowa was Dr. Ross Kyger’s aortic valve replacement patient.  He is 89 years old and was at the reception.  He is the father of Jan Cathcart and father in law of Dr. C.H. Cathcart.
I learned that Ken Smith, Dr. Cathcart, Dr. Bachireddy and Dr.  Chandra went to Houston to meet Dr. Kyger who planned to move to Nacogdoches.  They convinced him to come to Lufkin and it all started.   Casey Robertson, CEO, welcomed the crowd.  Doctors Bachrieddy and David Sees, cardiothoracic surgeon, gave a brief talk on what was in the past, present and future for Woodland Heights Medical Center.  I met Rohit Kedia, MD who is an EP cardiologist.  Also I met Musa Khan, MD who is a cardiologist and his wife Dr. Ghazala Kahn who is a pediatrician.  I laughed and told both of them that I hoped I did not need either of them.  As I was leaving, I met Dr. Kevin Hudson and wife Pam.   We sat beside Dr. Roy Guse. Dr. Angela Hafernick has opened her practice with her dad Dr. James Caskey.  They have remodeled and added room for Angela at the office on Gene Samford Drive.  We were in good company!
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Rhea Brown is having a fundraiser for Angels of Joy Home on Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31.  She will feature her mother “Geneva’s fish plates,” potato salad, honey baked beans, bread and dessert for $9 per plate.  You need to call in your order at 936-229-2791, and they can be picked up at 1412 Lakeview St. behind Dr. Dallas Pierre’s office on Kurth Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.  Rhea also has her famous “Geneva’s finger print cookies” for sale.  They are 12 per bag for $4.  She is also making tea cakes that are larger, and they are 5 cookies for $2.  All of the money goes toward helping children to succeed.
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Anna and Josh Saxton are the proud parents of Layla Marie Saxton, born July 26.  Her sister Lane is learning how to take care of Layla.  Josh and Anna are living in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where Josh is a diplomat with the U.S. Embassy.  Grandparents are Julie and Buddy Zeagler, Steve and Kelli Wayland, Deb Osborne and James Saxton, Great-grandmother is Jean Wayland and great grandfather Bob Conn.
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I had to call Nancy Sloan and find out who the cute little girls were that were having a “tea party” at Mar Teres Tea Room.  It was Callie Hicks with Caroline and Macy who were dressed in matching dresses, nail polish and jewelry.  The girls enjoyed their peanut butter croissant and their little pots of tea while Callie and Nancy visited.
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Nancy and John Sloan spent several days in Galveston where John had a seminar.  Their three daughters and families were all able to be together and their four grandchildren enjoyed the Schlitterbahn and Moody Gardens.
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Mark your calendar and sign up for the 3rd annual Paul Perez Memorial Golf Tournament for Saturday, Sept. 14, at Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll.  The proceeds benefit St. Patrick Catholic School. For more information contact the school at 936-639-2776.  Cost is $100 per player or $380 for a team of four.
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Mary Goodwin, Julia Collmorgen and I were at Cheddar’s and met JonAnna and Glen Arnold who were celebrating their anniversary.
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Happy Birthday:  Debbie Todd, Adam Huggins, Bonnie Allen, Reed Porterfield, Andrew Hines, Otto Brittain, Keith Hanks, Jerry Huffman, Geneva Newsom, Peggy Metteauer, Marie Carnes, Karen Jumper, Millicent Irish, Lisa Heath, Jaime Hensley, Jordan Nutt, Rick Meredith, Suzanne Miller. Joan Hanger, Tristian Day.
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Happy Anniversary:  Jeannie and Mark Cook, Janice and David Davis, Melissa and Buford Abeldt, Ladeen and Jim Pluss, Martha and George Chandler, Carlyn and Duncan Garner.
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Nancy and Leon Manning hosted an open house so Anna Baginski, Lufkin Rotary Exchange Student from England, could tell her host families goodbye.  Attending were:  Sally and Don Muhlbach, Cindy and Kayla Tierney, Ariel and Lance Beus with children Kendall Ann and Ryan.  The Mannings had taken Anna to a cattle auction in Nacogdoches.  Others had taken her to the beach and entertained her in the three weeks that she was here.   We enjoyed a tour of the Manning’s new home on Kiawah Court in Crown Colony.  Nancy had everything in place and had only been in for six weeks.  Anna slept in the “Joe Byrd” bed that Nancy and Leon bought at the estate sale.
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Mark your calendar for the Recycle Day at the City of Lufkin Waste Department Recycle Center.  It will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.   They will take car batteries, small engine batteries, televisions, electronics and computer equipment.  They will take eight tires free and after that it will be an additional $2 per tire.  No off road tires will be taken and semi-truck tires will be $5.  Amanda Anderson wants people to take advantage of this offer.  Also, when you receive your new telephone directory, do not forget to recycle the old ones.
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Let me hear your news. Catch you around town.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.