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St. John welcomes Bay Area urologist
Long-time Bay Area urologist Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez, has joined Houston Methodist Urology Associates at St. John.
Rodriguez, who is board-certified in urology, treats the full range of kidney and bladder disorders in both men and women, including kidney stones; kidney, bladder and prostate cancer; hematuria; enlarged prostate; and elevated PSA counts. He also specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery that reduces patient discomfort and speeds recovery.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining the excellent team at Houston Methodist Urology Associates at St. John,” Rodriguez says. “I share the same focus on personal, compassionate, values-based care and service at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital is a tremendous benefit to my patients.”

Rodriguez earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed residencies in both urology and general surgery at Texas A&M College of Medicine Health Science Center’s Scott and White Hospital and Clinic in Temple. The Urology Associates at St. John is located on the hospital campus in the Physicians Medical Center II building at 2060 Space Park Drive, Suite 410, in Nassau Bay.

League City fills CV&B position
League City has selected Bryan Roller to serve as the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau administrator beginning Jan. 17.

In this position, Roller will be responsible for strengthening and expanding tourism efforts through the development and implementation of programs that establish League City as a desirable destination for meetings, arts, cultural, and sporting events.

Roller has more than 20 years of experience in tourism, athletics, media relations, special events, event installation, and the sales and tradeshow industry. He was instrumental in establishing Pearland’s Convention & Visitors Bureau and organizing and managing a variety of special events. Roller attained a B.A. in Journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University.

KBRwyle wins NASA contract
NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions, of Columbia, Md., for engineering services to support more than 20 NASA exploration missions.

The Ground Systems and Missions Operations-2 contract is cost-plus-award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with a total maximum ordering value of $442 million. The effective ordering period begins March 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2022.

KBRwyle will support a wide range of mission operations, including concept studies, formulation development, implementation, operations, sustaining engineering and decommissioning. They also will support operations studies, systems engineering, design, implementation, integration and testing of ground systems and operations products, mission operations and sustaining engineering.

Donation to help fire departments
LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, has announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors.
The donation will underwrite hazardous materials (HazMat) training scholarships for fire departments in Houston, Channelview, Pasadena, La Porte, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, an internationally-recognized leader in emergency response training and firefighting, will administer the training to the fire departments.

“We recognize the budgetary challenges fire departments in Houston and smaller outlying communities face in obtaining this unique type of training. It is our privilege to help ensure they are more effectively prepared to support our industrial areas,” said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board. “This donation will have a direct impact on saving lives and protecting our communities.”

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