Congratulations are in order for Kayli Cantu for her 1st place win at the Xcel State Championship on May 1, scoring a 37.6 out of 40. Cantu, who is a 6th grader attendee at Barbara Bush Middle School, has actively trained in gymnastics since she was 8 years old. The aspiring Olympic potential is in good hands. With head coach Vladimir Artemov, team coach Alexander Artemov, and girls team coach Tiffany Huang, Cantu has excelled beyond previous expectations.
Does the name Artemov sound familiar? It should. Vladimir Artemov is a former Russian gymnast, Olymic champion, and world champion who competed for the Union of Soviet Republics (U.S.S.R.). During his fruitful career, Artemov won 18 world and Olymic medals – 10 of which are gold – from 1983 to 1989. After his retirement, Artemov immigrated to the United States. He opened Artemov Gymnastics in Stone Oak to continue his legacy, and teach young gymnasts, such as Kayli Cantu. In 2006, he was inducted as a member of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Good luck to Cantu as she continues her dreams in gymnastics. Who knows one perhaps, one day, Welcome Home will be writing a piece of her as she accepts her Olympic bid!
It has been more than a decade since Lloyd Weaver, the director of an adult education program in South Carolina, decided that there needed to be meaningful recognition for adult education students. It was this intuition that led him to founding the National Adult Education Honor Society. For the last 15 years, the North East ISD Adult Education teachers have chosen students who are held in special esteem and respected by their peers, their fellow students, and their instructors, to be inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society. This year’s special ceremony was held on April 26.
The certificates and pins are presented to the honorees in a special ceremony attended by friends, family, Adult Ed teaching staff, members of the Advisory Council, NEISD Board of Trustees President Letti Bresnahan, and the Executive Director of Adult and Community Education Rudy Jimenez. Honorees’ names are inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the lobby of the Ferrari Center, next to the NAEHS banner, for all to see. Congratulations Honorees!
San Antonio has long been known for its impressive medical care. In 1869 the first hospital, Christus-Santa Rosa, was established to help settlers defeat the epidemics of Yellow Fever and Cholera. Downtown San Antonio continued to be the hub of healthcare until the formation of the South Texas Medical Center in the northwest sector of the city. As the city continued to spread, so too did the need for hospitals. One of the fastest areas of growth in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area is the Stone Oak suburb.
On April 29 Methodist Stone Oak Hospital staff and volunteers, joined by Anson Flores and Naeyana Johnson, the first two babies born to the facility when it opened 7 years ago, broke ground on a 100,000 square-foot expansion. The expansion will include 70 additional beds, 36 surgical step-down beds, and a 15-bed acute rehabilitation facility for patients needing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Twenty beds will be added to women’s services, six additional beds in the neonatal intensive care unit, two additional labor and delivery rooms, and a third C-section suite. A three-story structure will be built above an existing single-story building, which will include a 20,000-square-foot renovation. A three-level, 238-space parking garage will also be constructed. The expansion is expected to be completed by Spring 2017.
The expansion came about to fill the needs of the community, as COO Scott Rausch said, “We’ve grown so much. This is for the community, for the team…We have a wonderful team. We work very hard to attract the best to our hospital.” The hospital, which is currently attending to the needs of 150 patients, is always at capacity. Approximately 30,000 patients enter its doors annually, with 85 people entering the emergency room and 25-35 surgeries occurring on a daily basis. The facility sees 12,000 patients for inpatient services, and 8,000 for outpatient services. Today they employ more than 1,000 people. “This expansion puts everyone in a better position,” said CEO Marc Strode.
This is the third expansion for the hospital, which opened in 2009. The hospital, with the help of its board and support from the community, hopes to continue this steady pattern of growth. It would seem a new medical center is well on its way to existence. The foundation has already been laid by the talented and dedicated health care professionals who work endlessly in the area of Stone Oak.