in the community, of the community

We don’t wait for people to come to us. We look for opportunities to get out into the community, to meet face-to-face with people, to listen to what’s on their minds so we know what we can do to be an integral part of their lives. In FY 2019, we did that through school programs, public safety forums and by partnering with a company that addresses a real concern for cancer patients. Here are some of the highlights.

in the community, of the community

We don’t wait for people to come to us. We look for opportunities to get out into the community, to meet face-to-face with people, to listen to what’s on their minds so we know what we can do to be an integral part of their lives. In FY 2019, we did that through school programs, public safety forums and by partnering with a company that addresses a real concern for cancer patients. Here are some of the highlights.

a realistic response to our times: Stop the Bleed

As mass shootings become all too common, Harris Health is more committed than ever to our Stop the Bleed initiative, a program designed by the American College of Surgeons to  teach responsible personnel at Houston area schools and other community organizations to act as competent first responders. The goal is to make bleeding control skills as common as CPR and to give victims  a better chance of survival while emergency medical professionals head their way. In concert with other regional hospitals and  agencies, Harris Health has trained more than 1,000 people, including all HISD nurses, and is in the process of training the staff at Ben Taub Hospital.

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We’re making a big push to get out into the community, so if these things happen, we have as many people trained as possible.

Kati Bare, MSN, RN, CPEN

Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, Trauma Services Department
Ben Taub Hospital

a realistic response to our times: Stop the Bleed

As mass shootings become all too common, Harris Health is more committed than ever to our Stop the Bleed initiative, a program designed by the American College of Surgeons to  teach responsible personnel at Houston area schools and other community organizations to act as competent first responders. The goal is to make bleeding control skills as common as CPR and to give victims  a better chance of survival while emergency medical professionals head their way. In concert with other regional hospitals and  agencies, Harris Health has trained more than 1,000 people, including all HISD nurses, and is in the process of training the staff at Ben Taub Hospital.

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We’re making a big push to get out into the community, so if these things happen, we have as many people trained as possible.

Kati Bare, MSN, RN, CPEN

Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, Trauma Services Department
Ben Taub Hospital

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a dramatic lesson for teens:
Shattered Dreams

Each year, Harris Health facilitates Shattered Dreams, an unforgettable two-day, school-based program that demonstrates the dangers of drunk driving. High school juniors and seniors get a look at the sobering, real-life consequences as they help reenact a car crash on their campus, complete with emergency medical response teams and police. The “drunk driver” is arrested, goes before a judge, faces manslaughter charges and heads to prison as 30 other students see and hear what it’s like to fight to survive in the trauma center at Ben Taub Hospital.

1,064

underage drunk driving
fatalities in the U.S.
in 2017

173

underage drunk driving
fatalities in Texas
in 2017

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a dramatic lesson for teens:
Shattered Dreams

Each year, Harris Health facilitates Shattered Dreams, an unforgettable two-day, school-based program that demonstrates the dangers of drunk driving. High school juniors and seniors get a look at the sobering, real-life consequences as they help reenact a car crash on their campus, complete with emergency medical response teams and police. The “drunk driver” is arrested, goes before a judge, faces manslaughter charges and heads to prison as 30 other students see and hear what it’s like to fight to survive in the trauma center at Ben Taub Hospital.

1,064

underage drunk driving
fatalities in the U.S.
in 2017

173

underage drunk driving
fatalities in Texas
in 2017

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joining in the conversation: Civic Saturdays

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s Civic Saturdays program highlighted services the county offers its residents. For the first event, she invited Harris Health President and CEO George V. Masi, Senior Vice President and Chief of Business Development and Strategy Michael Hill and the Harris Health eligibility team. The group talked about Harris Health’s role in the community, participated in a Q&A session and distributed information about our system and our financial assistance programs.

It’s a great way for us to get out into the community, to educate the residents about who we are, what we offer, where they can find us.

Michael Hill

Interim Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Organization Strategy and System Support
Harris Health System

It’s a great way for us to get out into the community, to educate the residents about who we are, what we offer, where they can find us.

Michael Hill

Interim Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Organization Strategy and System Support
Harris Health System

reassurance on the line: Ask My Nurse

In the aftermath of the frightening March 17 fire at the ITC tank farm in Deer Park, residents had urgent questions and health concerns about the effects of benzene exposure. When the City of Houston and Harris County public health authorities issued a shelter-in-place order, Harris Health System deployed its mobile health units to assist officials and opened an expanded version of our existing Ask My Nurse hotline. For two weeks following the accident, as many as 25 experienced nurses answered questions, walked callers through their options and directed them to the appropriate action. Additionally, Harris Health’s Baytown Health Center offered extended hours, including evenings and Saturdays, to come to the aid of these neighbors in need.

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We didn’t know what the volume would be, but we were prepared. And now we’re even more prepared for the next time.

Adrienne Mendoza

Administrative Director, Patient Services
Harris Health System

reassurance on the line: Ask My Nurse

In the aftermath of the frightening March 17 fire at the ITC tank farm in Deer Park, residents had urgent questions and health concerns about the effects of benzene exposure. When the City of Houston and Harris County public health authorities issued a shelter-in-place order, Harris Health System deployed its mobile health units to assist officials and opened an expanded version of our existing Ask My Nurse hotline. For two weeks following the accident, as many as 25 experienced nurses answered questions, walked callers through their options and directed them to the appropriate action. Additionally, Harris Health’s Baytown Health Center offered extended hours, including evenings and Saturdays, to come to the aid of these neighbors in need.

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We didn’t know what the volume would be, but we were prepared. And now we’re even more prepared for the next time.

Adrienne Mendoza

Administrative Director, Patient Services
Harris Health System

addressing a different kind
of trauma: Wig Out

In 2018, Harris Health and the MD Anderson Oncology Program at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital partnered with Wig Out, a nonprofit organization providing free wigs, headscarves, makeup and other products to cancer patients dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.

Nancy Riviere, a two-time cancer survivor, founded Wig Out after realizing how difficult the journey can be. She and her team make frequent stops at Smith Clinic and LBJ Hospital in the Wig Out on Wheels (WOOW) bus. Harris Health’s Cancer Resource Centers refer patients who are most in need, and when these patients climb aboard, they not only find a fully equipped salon with a variety of high-quality wigs, but a safe space to share their stories.

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It’s a very special, cathartic time when they see their reflection in the mirror again. To be a part of that is the best feeling in the world.

Nancy Riviere

Chief Executive Officer
Wig Out

addressing a different kind
of trauma: Wig Out

In 2018, Harris Health and the MD Anderson Oncology Program at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital partnered with Wig Out, a nonprofit organization providing free wigs, headscarves, makeup and other products to cancer patients dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.

Nancy Riviere, a two-time cancer survivor, founded Wig Out after realizing how difficult the journey can be. She and her team make frequent stops at Smith Clinic and LBJ Hospital in the Wig Out on Wheels (WOOW) bus. Harris Health’s Cancer Resource Centers refer patients who are most in need, and when these patients climb aboard, they not only find a fully equipped salon with a variety of high-quality wigs, but a safe space to share their stories.

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It’s a cathartic, therapeutic and very special time when they see their reflection in the mirror again. To be a part of that is the best feeling in the world.

Nancy Riviere

Chief Executive Officer
Wig Out

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volunteers and in-kind giving

Each year, we are impressed and grateful for the many volunteers who give of their time so freely, and for our community donors who provide gifts, such as knitted hats and blankets, heart-shaped pillows, baby essentials, cancer care kits, holiday toys, artwork and books and magazines, to name a few. These generous donations allow us to provide our patients with personalized care and comfort during their time of need.

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A sincere thank you to all.

To volunteer or make an in-kind donation, visit Ways to Give at harrishealth.org or email volunteer@harrishealth.org or giving@harrishealth.org.

volunteers and in-kind giving

Each year, we are impressed and grateful for the many volunteers who give of their time so freely, and for our community donors who provide gifts, such as knitted hats and blankets, heart-shaped pillows, baby essentials, cancer care kits, holiday toys, artwork and books and magazines, to name a few. These generous donations allow us to provide our patients with personalized care and comfort during their time of need.

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A sincere thank you to all.

To volunteer or make an in-kind donation, visit Ways to Give at harrishealth.org or email volunteer@harrishealth.org or giving@harrishealth.org.

Donations of comfort items from the community go a long way to provide healing and care for our patients. The thoughtfulness of a stranger mends the fractured heart and soothes the soul.

Alyssa G. Rieber, MD

Medical Director, MD Anderson Oncology Program at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
Chair, Department of General Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

151

individual donors
 

94

new donors
 

56,608

individual items donated

$477,769

total value of
in-kind donations

53

special projects complete

tangible contributions

Fiscal year ended February 28, 2019

Donations of comfort items from the community go a long way to provide healing and care for our patients. The thoughtfulness of a stranger mends the fractured heart and soothes the soul.

Alyssa G. Rieber, MD

Medical Director, MD Anderson Oncology Program at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
Chair, Department of General Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

tangible contributions

Fiscal year ended February 28, 2019

151

individual donors
 

94

new donors
 

56,608

individual items donated

$477,769

total value of
in-kind donations

53

special projects complete