Texas Children’s Pediatrics Cypresswood recently opened its doors for the first time since torrential rains from Hurricane Harvey flooded the practice’s first floor with six feet of water.
Wearing “Cypresswood Strong” T-shirts and pinned with mums, Cypresswood staff celebrated the reopening as a homecoming. After the storm while the practice located at 8111 Cypresswood Drive in Spring was being rebuilt, staff saw their patients and families at various other Texas Children’s locations throughout the area, including Texas Children’s Urgent Care The Vintage, Texas Children’s Pediatrics FM 2920 and Texas Children’s Pediatrics Rayford.
“We are so happy to be home in our beautiful new office,” said Dr. Carolina Placenia, the lead physician at Cypresswood. “There is no place like home.”
Julie Laake, Cypresswood’s clinical supervisor, agreed and said the past eight months provided an opportunity for everyone in the practice to learn, grow and develop an even greater appreciation for one another and the support they have organization wide.
“I am greatly appreciative of all of our fellow Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care offices that welcomed us in and housed our physicians and employees during this time,” Laake said.” This allowed our Cypresswood practice to continue providing care for our patients, which could not have been done without this amazing teamwork.”
Hannah Conley, Cypresswood’s non-clinical supervisor, said everyone at Cypresswood has grown closer because of what happened during Hurricane Harvey.
“I have a new-found respect for all Texas Children’s employees and how wonderful they were during this,” Conley said. “Everyone has really done an amazing job at keeping us all afloat.”
A handful of other Texas Children’s Pediatrics were damaged during the storm but none as badly as Cypresswood, which closed its doors for the longest of any Texas Children’s Pediatrics due to Hurricane Harvey.
“We are extremely thankful no one else received substantial damage, and that we were able to continue caring for our Cypresswood patients and families while the practice was being repaired,” said Kay Tittle, Texas Children’s Pediatrics president. “It is a testament to our dedication to our patients, families, colleagues and Texas Children’s mission as a whole.”