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Hospital system taxes will pay Harris County's debt
Commissioners Court plans to shift about $27 million from Harris County's public hospital district to shore up the county's own finances with the adoption of property tax rates this fall. The court plans to leave its combined tax rate - which includes ...
Houston Chronicle 

Celebrating a new medical clinic for everyone in Houston
Houston-area residents are celebrating the dedication of a new cancer and medical clinic; patients will soon celebrate its opening on Oct. 1. It will help hundreds of thousands of people who cannot afford. Houston-area residents are celebrating the ...
MyFox Houston

Harris Health System campaign aims to reduce pregnancy-related complications ...
... MPH, senior vice president, Community Services, Harris Health System. "Harris County has a wealth of healthcare resources and mothers have the right to be informed and educated in a way that positively affects their health and the health of their ... 

Harris Health System to Open New Outpatient Cancer Facility
Smith Clinic includes a radiation oncology department and several diagnostic and specialty clinics currently located at Harris Health System's Ben Taub General Hospital at Texas Medical Center in Houston. The facility houses more than 100 examination ...
Becker's Hospital Review 

Harris County Hospital District changes more than its name in market repositioning effort
There's more to a brand than a name, but it's often the first statement a company makes to clients or customers, which is why Harris County Hospital District took the unusual step this week of changing its name.
Houston Business Journal 

Future Starts Today for Harris Health System
Today marks a transformational time for Harris County, Texas residents with the public launch of Harris Health System, the new business name for the Harris County Hospital District. The new name, Harris Health System, better represents one ... 
Newswise ( press release) 

Ratings show some surprises about local hospitals
Show up at Methodist West Houston Hospital with chest pain, and a government database suggests you will find out if you are having a heart attack within 60 seconds. That's seven minutes faster than the national standard. The Harris County Hospital ...
Houston Chronicle

Harris County Hospital District patient names sold in Medicare scheme
The Harris County Hospital District on Thursday notified approximately 3,000 patients that their information, including addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, may have been stolen by a former employee indicted in federal ...
Houston Chronicle

Harris County no longer has nation's highest uninsured rate
Harris County's percentage of people without health insurance improved slightly in new census data released Wednesday, a hopeful sign in the county's quest to end its dubious distinction as the nation's symbol of the crisis.
Houston Chronicle 

Backpack 101 Could Help Kids Avoid Long-term Aches as Adults
Newswise — With children soon to start school, physical therapists at Quentin Mease Community Hospital, the Harris County Hospital District’s dedicated physical medicine and rehabilitation facility, want parents to know the dangers and preventable steps of poorly used or overloaded backpacks.

HCHD hosts final shot clinic Tuesday
Only weeks before the start of classes, the Harris County Hospital District has one remaining chance for free school immunizations at its school-based clinics ...
Baytown Sun

Med student's lessons extend to the kitchen
Guided by Houston chef German Mosquera, students in the "Choosing Healthy-Eating Fresh" class learned useful kitchen techniques, including how to chop and slice without drawing blood, as well as how to make smart food choices.
Houston Chronicle

HCHD Foundation Trustee Mr. Elvin Franklin, Jr. was honored for his public service
Elvin Franklin was the honoree at a dinner held for him by the Harris County Hospital District at the Briar Club in west Houston, last Friday, Aug. 10th.

Treating gun violence like a disease
... some people saying America should treat gun violence like a public health crisis. Dr. Sameer Ali sees firsthand the numbing drumbeat of bullet wounds flowing through the double doors at Ben Taub Hospital, where he is director of Emergency Critical ...
MyFox Houston 

National Association of Public Hospitals: Healthy Harvest Markets: A Critical Step in Fighting Obesity
Ann Smith Barnes, MD, MPH, medical director of weight management services and disease prevention at Harris County Hospital District (HCHD), was becoming increasingly concerned with the high prevalence of excess weight among her patients, as well as the increase in chronic disease among pediatric patients. 

Blankets help mothers in hospital cope with loss of babies
Armed with sewing machines, material, and a mission, the Mom's Club of Spring sews and shows support for women in pain. With a needle and thread they craft "Itty Bitty Blankets," or smaller receiving blankets, to be donated to patients at Ben Taub Hospital who lost their precious babies at birth.
Fox TV (Ch. 26) Houston

Harris County Hospital District to offer free immunizations
Only weeks before the start of classes, the Harris County Hospital district is offering free school immunizations every Tuesday and Thursday in August at its school-based clinics and comprehensive pediatric and adolescent health centers. Vaccines are free of ...
Your Houston News 

Harris County Hospital District Dental Center
The hospital district provides an array of dental services, including regular examinations, cleanings, fillings and extractions, as well as full and partial dentures. Dental services are offered to patients 16 years of age and older. Dental treatment is offered on a referral basis only. Individuals needing dental treatment are referred by their primary care physician.
Harris County Hospital District Foundation 

Harris County Lunch Program Growing Rapidly
You could call this program Christmas in July. It is a free summer lunch program put on by the Harris County Hospital District. ... They come into the Almatha Clark Taylor Health Clinic two or three at a time. Little boys and girls show up with ...

Experts say all Texans will stay on hook for Medicaid
The burden of paying for the uninsured's health care also falls largely on county residents, whose property taxes support safety-net public institutions such as the Harris County Hospital District. The district last year spent roughly $675 million caring for the ...
Houston Chronicle 

Fitch Affirms Harris County Hospital District's Revs at 'A'; Outlook Stable
The bonds are secured by a lien on the pledged revenues of Harris County Hospital District (TX) revenue bonds: - $82.7 million series 2010 refunding tax-exempt, variable-rate revenue bonds; underlying rating - $193.7 million in outstanding 2007A series ...
Business Wire (press release)

People With Darker Skin Still at Risk for Melanoma
... some natural protection against harmful ultraviolet rays and sunburns, this protection is not perfect and too much sun exposure over a lifetime can lead to a high risk for skin cancer, said Dr. Valencia Thomas of the Harris County Hospital District, in Texas.
U.S. News & World Report 

Harris County Hospital District in Houston, TX - US News Best ...
Harris County Hospital District is a general medical and surgical hospital in Houston, TX with 838 beds. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) ... 

Texas Latinos and Working Poor at Center of Medicaid Expansion Debate
asked David Lopez, CEO of the Harris County Hospital District, where up to 80 percent of patients at some facilities are uninsured. Ricardo Garcia, a 55-year-old from Alamo in South Texas, spent four years without insurance - a period that included a second ...
Fox News 

Was Houston truly snubbed in hospital rankings? The benefits of fragmented ...
When one looks at the hospitals topping the Honor Roll list, it's simple to see why Houston's medical mecca - fractured into 13 hospitals and two specialty institutions, plus schools and other health related practices, comprising a total of 47 medicine-related ...
CultureMap Houston 

Ambulatory Care Services for Harris County Hospital District names ...
Dr. Ericka Brown has been named medical director of ambulatory care services for the Harris County Hospital District. Brown's duties as medical director include.
Ultimate Bellaire 

FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, the latest milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.
Houston Chronicle

Texas Counties Fear Residents Will Pay the Price of Perry's Medicaid Rebuff
Rick Perry's decision on July 9 to refuse two key provisions of the federal health care law - the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of a state insurance exchange - is already being fiercely debated by lawmakers in Austin. But the real impact of ...
New York Times 

Harris County Hosptial District Wins Most Wired for Second Year in a Row
For the second year in a row, the Harris County Hospital District was named to the Most Wired list by Hospitals and Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association.
Newswise (Press Release) 

HCHD's Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center Opens in Cypress
More than 80 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle and HCHD president and CEO David S. Lopez.
Houston Chronicle-Ultimate Cy-Fair 

How the Affordable Care Act affects the Texas Medical Center: An insider ...
Klotman, who had just come from Ben Taub General Hospital, is in a unique position to recognize the importance of universal access. During the 2012 fiscal year, 52.6 percent of patients treated at Harris County Hospital District facilities were ...
CultureMap Houston 

Perry meets with hospital execs
Harris County Hospital District president and CEO David Lopez said there was a "good dialogue about the issues." "We are going to continue meeting to see how we can make this thing come to a solution," Lopez said. The executives described the meeting ...
Houston Chronicle (blog)

Understanding Why Seniors Wander Could Keep Them Safe
Newswise - The dangers of seniors wandering off and getting lost can often end in tragedy and appear to be more common as evident by the steady announcements of Silver Alerts, ...

Perry deals citizens, hospitals a bitter fate in health care
Will he have to choose between bankruptcy and death? After a lifetime of hard work, retired Houston schoolteacher Bill Nelson is haunted by that question.
Houston Chronicle 

Harris County Hospital District offers physical therapy residency ...
The Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) is currently offering physical therapy residency programs after the Neurological Physical Therapy Residency was ... 

Harris County Hospital District to offer free summer immunizations
The Harris County Hospital District's Troubleshooters Mobile Unit will be offering free immunizations in July and August for children 2 months old to 18 years old.
Ultimate Fort Bend 

What the Healthcare Law Ruling Means: 4 Points to Keep in Mind
... in fact left a large portion of the ACA intact, a close reading of the decision conveys the complexity of the ruling and some real concerns for the provider community," says Susan Geigin Harris, JD, a partner in the Baker Hostetler Healthcare ...
Becker's Hospital Review 

For Uninsured in Texas, Supreme Court Ruling Adds to Uncertainty
The Harris County Hospital District provided $1.1 billion to care for the uninsured and underinsured last fiscal year, about half of which was financed by county property taxes. Mr. Duran, for example, pays a subsidized fee for his chemotherapy ...
New York Times 

Will hospital district shrink under 'Obamacare?'
That's roughly 1.2 million people whom mostly rely on the community's public health safety net known as the Harris County Hospital District. Under President Obama's Affordable Care Act more than 700,000 of these uninsured will get coverage and ...
MyFox Houston 

HCHD's Childhood Nutrition and Exercise Program
Harris County Hospital District has started a program to educate families about the problem of childhood obesity.
Houston Chronicle - Ultimate Montrose 

Health law ruling leaves uninsured Texans in limbo
The 6.5 million Texans without health insurance faced a future of hope tempered with uncertainty Thursday, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that most of the health care reform law was valid but left a key provision up to the states.
Houston Chronicle

HCHD Wins Prestigious NAPH Award
The Harris County Hospital District has won the 2012 Gage Award for Improving Population Health for its Healthy Harvest, a program that coordinates farmers markets in healthcare centers to encourage patients to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Residency program places HCHD among the elite
More than 100,000 health care providers are using electronic health records that meet federal standards and have benefitted from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced today.
The Katy News 

State Reverifies Trauma Center Designations for Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals
Newswise — The Texas Department of State Health Services has reverified the Level I trauma center designation for the Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center at Ben Taub General Hospital, and the Level III trauma center designation for the emergency center at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

HCHD program educates entire family to tackle obesity in children
Obesity is a growing problem among children, but the Harris County Hospital District has put in place a program that educates entire families. 

In Houston, high rates of uninsured burden public system
... The Houston metropolitan area has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in America...
Kaiser Health News 

Awaiting The Court Ruling, A Consumer Guide to Health Reform Law
The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on some key constitutional challenges brought by states against the 2010 health care overhaul law. The decision will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state... 

Educating med students about nutrition and physical activity could curb obesity
Obesity not only increases Americans' risk of chronic disease and premature death but also contributes to the nation's fiscal crisis, a report suggests. 

Family classes target childhood obesity
Obesity is a growing problem among children, but the Harris County Hospital District has put in place a program that educates entire families.
KTRK-TV (Ch. 13)

HCHD to offer APTA-accredited post-professional PT residency programs
The Harris County Hospital District joins only one other public healthcare system in the nation to offer two post-professional physical therapy residency programs with the recent accreditation of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency by the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Harris County Hospital District physical therapists receive awards
Two physical therapists from Harris County Hospital were recently named Clinical Instructors of the Year by the Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education.
Ultimate Pearland 

Harris County Hospital District to offer free back-to-school immunizations
Free back-to-school immunization shots will be offered June through August by the Harris County Hospital District.
Ultimate Fort Bend 

Dr. Margo Hilliard of Harris County Hospital District Receives Stream Award
Newswise - Dr. Margo Hilliard, MPH, senior vice president, Community Services, Harris County Hospital District received the 2012 Kathryn S. Stream Award for Excellence in Women's Health by the Texas Medical Center Women's Health Network.
Newswise (press release) 

Federal Official Visits Ben Taub Hospital to Glean Disaster Preparedness Points
Dr. Nicole Lurie, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visited Ben Taub General Hospital in early May to learn about the collaboration of hospitals and agencies during disasters.
Katy News

Clinics serve families
A new pediatric health-care clinic recently opened in the Bear Creek area is meeting a growing need for medical care among children and teenagers of families who have limited or no insurance.
Houston Chronicle-Neighborhood

Hospitals prepare for plus-size future (featuring Barbara Reece, CNO, LBJ Hospital)
Houston Chronicle 

Profile on VBAC featuring Dr. Christina Davidson and RN Isela Flores (Spanish video)
Dr. Christina Davidson and RN Isela Flores were interviewed about vaginal deliveries after C-sections (VBAC) at Ben Taub Hospital. Additionally, the reporter interviewed an expectant mother planning for a VBAC.
KXLN-TV (Ch. 45) 

Coming Soon: Harris County Hospital District clinic - Community ...
The Harris County Hospital District plans to open a new pediatric health center May 29 at 12340 Jones Road. The facility will provide services such as primary ...
Community Impact Newspaper 

Program aims to hit hard with tragic realities (HCHD's "Shattered Dreams" program)
Kazmi and Jones were two of the 20 students from Westside High School selected to be a part of Shattered Dreams. A program sponsored by the Harris County Hospital District...
Houston Chronicle-My High School Journalism

Too few doctors for a growing population
Educators are increasing enrollment in medical and nursing schools and... Harris County Hospital District President and CEO David Lopez said last week he...
Houston Chronicle

Trauma survivors meet their doctors and nurses
"It's easy to get discouraged when you work at a trauma center," said Dr. Bradford Scott, trauma medical director at Ben Taub General Hospital, who oversaw Morrison's care. "We don't see the rehab, the return to function, so when we meet the patients, ...
Houston Chronicle 

Mattox, also chief of Surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital, will serve a one ...
Mattox also has served on the board of directors of the Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Wayland Baptist University, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Southeast Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, and the American College ...
Newswise (press release) 

Vaginal Birth After C-Section Is Option for Women, Not for Some Doctors, Hospitals
Unfortunately, too many women like Lunsford face the same challenge, says an advocate of vaginal births after Caesarean (VBAC) from Ben Taub General Hospital, one of the top VBAC-delivery hospitals in Texas. "For some clinicians and hospitals, ...
Science Daily (press release) 

Mayor Parker Presents Volunteer Houston Awards
... Centers Tax Centers; and Gloria Medina Zenteno, Barrio Dogs, Inc. The mayor also presented the first annual Volunteer Houston Lifetime Achievement Awards to H. Ben Taub with Harris County Hospital District and to Executive Service Corp of Houston.
The Cypress Times 

More moms seeking birthing options
Dr. Christina Davidson, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Ben Taub Hospital, launched an initiative to let moms know the risks associated with multiple C-sections far outweigh concerns associated with VBACs. Davidson explained, "We have a ...
KPRC Houston

Girl Scouts receive top honors at Nursing Discovery Program
For the past five years, nurse Cecilia Pangandoyon has been making nurses caps for Girl Scouts aspiring to join the nursing profession during the Harris County Hospital District's annual Nursing Discovery Program, according to a press release.
Ultimate West U

Shopping Fresh
The Harris County Hospital District partnered with Veggie Pals to create "Healthy Harvest" and has placed 11 farmers markets in the health system's community health centers throughout the county. These markets occur one-half day weekly and are open to... (See "Shopping fresh")
Houston Chronicle

Don't Ignore Stroke Signs When They Hit
Lucky for him, it wasn'ta severe episode and he sought care at an Advanced Primary Stroke Center — Ben Taub General Hospital. One week later, the 40-year veteran of the airways was back on the job spinning classic rock hits on KKRW-FM (93.7 The Arrow).
Newswise (press release) 

Three Generations of Cooley Nurses Honored
Louise Thomas Cooley exchanged a nursing career to raise a family after marrying legendary heart surgeon Denton Cooley in 1949. But Louise's nursing skills stayed solid, and carried her through life.
Texas Medical Center News 

Hot Weather's Return Brings Ozone Warnings
... Nick Hanania, director of the hospital's Adult Asthma Clinic and Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratory, which is part of the Harris County Hospital District ...

Patients need the crucial benefits provided by health reform
The most disheartening thing as a physician is to know what patients need, but not be able to help them. Primary care providers face this dilemma daily, because so many of our patients lack insurance.
Houston Chronicle 

Tropical diseases surfacing more in Texas
Houston scientists have launched an attack against little-known tropical diseases, scourges of the developing world, increasingly showing up in poor areas of Texas.
Houston Chronicle

Nursing Discovery Day opens girls' eyes to medical careers
The Harris County Hospital District hosted dozens of Girl Scouts for Nursing Discovery Day. The scouts took blood pressure and pulse readings on each other at El Franco Lee Health Center in southwest Houston. It wasn't all fun and games, though. 

Decision to Drive for Seniors Affects Their Mental State, Well-Being 
Driving safety is an important obligation for all drivers. Sometimes disease or advanced age affects driving abilities. If a senior's driving raises concerns, approach the matter compassionately to preserve the person's dignity...

Avon Foundation grant supports breast cancer care at Ben Taub Hospital
...has received a $250,000, one-year award from the Avon Foundation for Women for support of BCM's efforts to provide breast cancer care at the Harris County Hospital District's Ben Taub General Hospital.
The Cherokeean Herald