‘People need help’: Efforts underway to bring health care to Houston’s east side

East Houston a hospital desert
East Houston a hospital desert

HOUSTON – There are efforts underway to help give residents on Houston’s east side more accessible health care.

“The Medical Center, a world-renowned institution, means nothing to the residents of east Harris County,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.

Every freeway in Houston has a hospital, except I-10 East Freeway.

“They’ve opened one in Katy, they have some in The Woodlands, I know they’ve opened one in Humble, why not the east side?” said Ida Rocha. “We have insurance, people need help, we cannot be rushing to the Medical Center all the time.”

Rocha’s dad passed away in April.

“It was a big hit for me because I was the one next to him all the time,” said Rocha.

He suffered from heart issues and diabetes, which meant frequent visits to the Medical Center from their home in Galena Park.

“The drive to the Medical Center with no traffic is 20 minutes. With traffic, it’s up to an hour, hour and a half,” said Rocha.

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