Awww photos: The biggest little Astros fans wish ‘Stros best of luck
In honor of the Houston Astros hosting the Atlanta Braves for Game 1 of the 2021 World Series, some of the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital are showing their support. In addition, staff at various Memorial Hermann campuses across the Greater Houston Area are supporting the ‘Stros by donning some of their favorite apparel.
Memorial Hermann offering COVID-19 booster shots for a broader population after CDC approval – Houston Public Media
If you're at least 65 years old, live in a long-term care facility, work in a high-risk environment or have an underlying condition, you’re eligible for a booster shot.houstonpublicmedia.org
‘Don’t put yourself at risk’: Doctors warn to be safe over Labor Day weekend as hospitals continue to stay full
Dr. David Callender, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann, said vaccinated people can feel safe to go out and about this weekend while unvaccinated people should not travel or attend large gatherings since the majority of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated.
Memorial Hermann offering booster shots for immunocompromised
Memorial Hermann announced that it will offer booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine in hospitals and clinics throughout the Greater Houston area to immunocompromised people who meet criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What you need know about the free vaccine clinics happening in the Houston area
School is just around the corner. In preparation for the school year, districts and organizations have started announcing vaccine clinics. Many will be hosting clinics for the standard required immunizations and others will also be including COVID-19 vaccines in their list of vaccines available at the clinic.
How Rising COVID Numbers Are Affecting One Local Hospital System (July 23, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Friday's show: As the county raises its COVID threat level, Memorial Hermann's chief physician explains how rising case numbers are affecting his hospitals. And we correct some misconceptions about the life of pirate Jean Lafitte.houstonpublicmedia.org
How soon will kids, teens receive COVID-19 vaccine in Houston?
Experts say the agency<a href="https://www.click2houston.com/news/national/2021/05/10/us-expands-use-of-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-paving-way-for-children-as-young-as-12-to-get-shots/" target="_blank"> granting the use of the coronavirus vaccine in younger age groups</a> will accelerate the nation’s efforts to drive down infections.
These are the Houston businesses and industries hiring right now
Houston – Good news for Texans: As our economy improves, more companies are hiring again. In April 2020, as businesses shut down, the percentage of unemployed Texans shot up to 14.3%. If you are part of the 8% looking for work, these are the industries and businesses hiring right now:Healthcare and social assistanceHealthcare and medical workers are not only essential, they are in demand. These agencies are usually paid by the businesses who need the employees. AdOn Brookwoods site right now, there are just five jobs listed, but Milks says there are more.
Appointments for Memorial Hermann’s vaccine clinic in Sugar Land filled
SUGAR LAND, Texas – All appointment slots for an upcoming vaccine clinic being held by Memorial Hermann in Sugar Land are full. Memorial Hermann is holding the drive-thru clinic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. The goal is to vaccinate about 10,000 people during the two-day clinic. Originally, only educational and child care workers who are eligible to receive the vaccine according to the definition established by the Texas Department of State Health Services were allowed to make appointments. People who are vaccinated at the clinic will automatically have their second dose scheduled for either April 10 or April 11 at the same location.
Episode 3: New Advances To Fight The Virus – Houston Public Media
Innovation was necessary when the Coronavirus struck the Greater Houston Area. Bindu Akkanti, MD with UT Health/Memorial Hermann says “Curiosity of medicine is what drove us into this profession… COVID-19 hit us like a storm and we all got to work immediately.”In Episode 3 of TESTED, medical professionals and engineers explain some of the advances they made in order to fight the virus. To watch episodes and for resources, visit the TESTED webpage here.houstonpublicmedia.org
Winter storm, power outages increasing patient load for hospitals
Gee, who was last seen by family the day before she died, was in a complex whose power had been shut off during this week’s storm. “It really doesn’t take very low temperatures to put us in a difficult situation,” said Dr. David Callender, the president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann system. They are people who need dialysis or oxygen but they don’t have power at home or at the facility they usually visit. This week, Memorial Hermann saw more than 100 patients alone. “Unfortunately it sneaks up on us and there really aren’t obvious symptoms until we may be near unconsciousness,” he said.
’This is a public health emergency’: Local carbon monoxide poisoning cases surge
“This is an absolute public health disaster.”“This carbon monoxide is … a poison that deprives your brain and your heart and your other vital organs of oxygen,” he added. “And children are actually more at risk from some of the long-term brain damage.”Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said more than 300 reports of carbon monoxide poisoning were reported Tuesday. The Houston Fire Department reported 90 emergency calls of the poisoning, including 14 at one station in Cy-fair. “[A]s the level of carbon monoxide goes up in your blood, your symptoms become much worse. “So even folks who don’t die, they can still have some long-term, permanent brain damage as a result of the poisoning if it is not quickly identified and then remedied.”
Houston doctors warn of hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning amid plunging temperatures in Texas
One of the most serious concerns is carbon monoxide poisoning during this winter blast , Langan said. There have been more than 200 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in Harris County due to power outages from this storm. Langan urged Houstonians to be aware of the telltale symptoms, since carbon poisoning so many lives during this storm. But as levels progress, you can have loss of consciousness and fall into coma.”Langan said that on Monday night that Memorial Hermann had 50 cases of carbon monoxide in the system. “We’re really hoping to get the word out about carbon monoxide and make sure that everyone is staying warm in a safe manner.”chron.com
Viruses thrive at colder temperatures, local medical expert says
HOUSTON – With cold temperatures headed to the Greater Houston area, a local medical professional asked people to continue to exercise precautions indoors. She noted viruses thrive in colder temperatures. She said the cold weather contributes to a recipe for concern when it comes to spreading viruses. “Most respiratory viruses are able to infect you better at lower temperatures,” Yancey said. We do not want to see another surge in the spring because of these variants,” Yancey said.
UPDATE: Vaccination slots filled at Memorial Hermann’s Saturday drive-thru COVID-19 clinic in Shenandoah
UPDATE: All accination slots have filled since Memorial Hermann opened 600 additional appointments for its Saturday COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Woodforest Bank Stadium. The 600 additional appointments were claimed under an hour after Memorial Hermann announced they were available. Memorial Hermann announced it has an additional 600 spots available for its Saturday COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Woodforest Bank Stadium. Memorial Hermann partnered with Montgomery County, the City of Shenandoah and Conroe Independent School District to host the clinic. Vaccine supply is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis until the available appointments are full.
Memorial Hermann partners with Conroe ISD to vaccinate thousands in Montgomery County
SHENANDOAH, Texas – Memorial Hermann and Conroe ISD are working together to vaccinate nearly 7,000 people in Montgomery County. Their daughter, who lives with them, just had a baby, so Danny and Donna Driscoll wanted the vaccine in a hurry. Memorial Hermann teamed with Conroe ISD to administer about 7,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Woodforest Bank Stadium Friday and Saturday. That’s an honor for us to do that through this vaccine clinic,” said Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null. Dr. Null said they plan to do the second doses of the vaccine at the same site in three weeks.
Vaccination slots filled at Memorial Hermann’s drive-thru clinic in Sugar Land
SUGAR LAND – UPDATE: Vaccination slots have filled since Memorial Hermann opened 1,000 more slots for vaccinations Friday. ORIGINAL STORY: Thousands of people are expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land this week. So why was registration limited to older folks, even though others are also included in Phase 1B? “I do think that our top priority is, based on the data, those older populations that are more at risk for death and severe outcomes,” said Associate Commissioner Imelda Garcia. Memorial Hermann said it plans to work its way through groups of qualified individuals until it’s offered the vaccine to everyone in the phase.
Slots filled for Memorial Hermann’s drive-thru vaccine clinic at Conroe ISD stadium
The event is hosted by Memorial Hermann, along with Montgomery County, the City of Shenandoah and Conroe Independent School District. Officials said in a news release that the vaccine supply is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis until the available appointments are full. Memorial Hermann will administer approximately 6,400 COVID-19 vaccines at this clinic. “The speed at which we can move through additional populations will be determined by continued and increased vaccine supply. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding during this time and pledge to keep things moving just as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.”For the latest information regarding Memorial Hermann’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, go here.
Slots filled for Memorial Hermann COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic in Sugar Land for those 65 and older
SUGAR LAND, Texas – All slots are filled for a Fort Bend County COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land Wednesday, Feb. 3 to Saturday, Feb. 6, authorities said Tuesday. If you are 65 years of age or older, you are asked to complete a vaccination verification form that will confirm your eligibility for vaccination. Public registration is available only to those 65 years of age and older, consistent with the state’s Phase 1B guidance. Approximately 16,000 COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered, Memorial Hermann said. Vaccine supply is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis until the available appointments are full.
Flu cases near historic lows during pandemic
With so much focus on the coronavirus, it’s easy to forget that we’re in the middle of flu season. “I generally see two or three influenza patients a week during flu season,” said Dr. Linda Yancey, an infectious disease specialist. “This flu season, I have seen exactly two influenza patients for the entire season.”The latest surveillance report from the Texas Department of State Health Services said flu activity is low across the state. “Countries that have not stepped back on their testing are seeing historically low numbers.”Yancey credits the use of masks for helping to keep flu cases low. Yancey warned that flu season isn’t over and peaks can happen later in the season.
What it’s like to go through a drive-thru coronavirus vaccine clinic
HOUSTON – On the second day of drive-thru vaccinations at NRG Park, KPRC 2 Investigates got an inside look at the lifesaving process. Arthur Broussard was able to get the vaccine during the Memorial Hermann clinic. “The fact that we are making it easy by having drive-thru facilities, it is likely to bring more people to get vaccinated,” Varon said. RELATED READ: About 14,500 people vaccinated during Memorial Hermann’s drive-thru clinicVaron understands logistics with drive-thru operations. Varon also admitted that the characteristics and demands of a drive-thru site make the process more challenging.
About 14,500 people vaccinated during Memorial Hermann’s 4-day clinic at NRG Park
Vehicles arrive on the opening day of Memorial Hermann's drive-thru coronavirus vaccine clinic at NRG Park in Houston on Jan. 14, 2021. HOUSTON – About 14,500 people received their coronavirus shots during a four-day clinic held by Memorial Hermann Hospital at NRG Park. George Kovacik, spokesman for Memorial Hermann, said the drive-thru clinic went smoothly and most people were in and out within 30 minutes. CONTINUING COVERAGE: Follow the latest vaccine news in our special sectionKovacik said everyone who received their vaccine will return to NRG Park in 28 days to get their second dose. Organizers had originally said they hoped to vaccinate about 13,000 people during the event.
Methodist Hospital organizing event to vaccinate 4,000 more people Saturday
HOUSTON – Houston Methodist Hospital was organizing a vaccination event on Saturday and said it worked with state officials to find those who need it most. “We’ve already vaccinated over 41,000 Houstonians and so we’re proud of that,” said Cathy Easter, Senior Vice President of Community Development at Methodist Hospital. Methodist Hospital plans to vaccinate 4,000 more people on Saturday. Memorial Hermann opening vaccine clinic at NRG ParkMemorial Hermann is set to open a coronavirus vaccine clinic at NRG Park this week and opened registration for appointments to the public. On Wednesday evening, officials said all available appointments for Memorial Hermann’s vaccine clinic at NRG Park are full.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, Jan. 13
Residents were urged to avoid nonessential travel during what is typically the busiest travel period of the year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Here are things to know for Wednesday, Jan. 13:1. Pelosi has called on Pence to secure the majority of the Cabinet and vote to declare Trump unfit to serve. The CDC order is to take effect in about two weeks, on Jan. 26. According to Kathryn Williams, of Memorial Hermann, the drive-thru clinic will be open Thursday through Sunday and officials aim to vaccinate about 13,000 people.
Appointments for Memorial Hermann’s vaccine clinic at NRG Park are full
HOUSTON – Memorial Hermann will open a coronavirus vaccine clinic at NRG Park on Thursday, but appointments for the clinic are full. Kathryn Williams, of Memorial Hermann, said Tuesday that the drive-thru clinic will be open Thursday through Sunday and officials are hoping to vaccinate about 13,000 people. All of the appointment slots were full within a few hours of registration being opened to the public Wednesday, officials said. Only people who fall into Phase 1B and are 65 years old or older are eligible to receive the vaccine at the clinic. Only people who have registered for an appointment will get the vaccine at this clinic.
Local doctor break downs COVID-19 variant first seen in UK, now reported in Harris County
HOUSTON – The COVID-19 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom has now been reported in Harris County. According to health experts, finding different strands of the virus is common. Yancey said they’ve seen over a thousand different strains, so far. “So it is way too soon to be concerned about the strain out of Africa. They are still doing the computer modeling to let us know what the differences are between the more common strains,’ she said.
Here’s how Houston-area hospital systems plan to distribute the coronavirus vaccine
Here’s a look at how Houston-area hospital systems plan to distribute the approved vaccines. Memorial HermannIn compliance with Texas’ guidance for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Memorial Hermann is prioritizing vaccine distribution to persons in Phase 1A and Phase 1B. As soon as the vaccine is more widely available, Memorial Hermann plans to offer it to its patients and members of the community. According to its website, vaccine distribution plans are determined by the FDA, CDC, and state and local health departments. University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) SystemOn Dec. 30, UTMB Health announced plans to expand its employee vaccination program to high-risk individuals.
DSHS initiates Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine, expanding eligible to ‘medically vulnerable’ patients
HOUSTON – The Department of State Health Services has given entities the go-ahead to begin vaccinating people eligible for Phase 1B, after vaccinating as many willing members of Phase 1A. According to McCarthy, almost 10,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered at Memorial Hermann as part of Phase 1A. “1A was really first-line medical responder’s, not just the doctors in hospitals but their clinic staff and EMS providers,” McCarthy said. “What the state has said is we don’t have to wait until we have every 1A individual classified as long as we are still getting them vaccinated,” McCarthy said. McCarthy said Memorial Hermann could open up for Phase 1B as early as next week but said they are still working on how those eligible will be identified.
VIDEO: Watch as first COVID-19 vaccine given at Memorial Hermann
Memorial Hermann COVID ICU nurse, Robert Luckey, said he’s been caring for COVID-19 patients, even being their comfort while isolated from family and all while worrying about his own family at home since the beginning of the pandemic. Ben Taub, UTMB in Galveston, Texas children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, LBJ Hospital, CHI-St. Luke’s and Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. “This is the next step, the most important step to getting us back,” said Dr. James McCarthy, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System chief physician executive. “We’ll be using them much faster and we’ve got staff ready to go and lined up,” said, Dr. Anna Maria Macaluso Davidson, Memorial Hermann AVP of medical operations. Moderna’s vaccine doesn’t need to be stored at extremely cold temperatures, but it will require two doses.
Find relief from back pain with spine surgery
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. You are not alone, but how do you know if it’s just normal aches and pains or something more serious? Dr. John Caridi, a neurosurgeon with Memorial Hermann and UT-Health explains the difference and what symptoms to look out for and how treatment options like surgery can help patients find relief. For more information, visit their website at www.memorialhermann.org/spine.
Houston-area hospitals prep to receive nearly 60,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in coming days
HOUSTON – Houston-area hospitals are making preparations to receive the first allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 60,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to be distributed to hospitals in the coming days. The decision on the number of doses was based on a survey of the number of COVID-19 patients treated, hospitalized and the number of employees treating patients with COVID-19, according to Memorial Hermann President Dr. David Callender. Twenty-one hospitals in Harris County, four in Montgomery County, one in Galveston County and one in Fort Bend County were selected to receive the vaccine. The Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center was among those to be selected, including just one of the 37 VA hospitals picked.
Houston hospitals ready and waiting to receive Pfizer vaccine
HOUSTON – Houston Methodist Hospital, UTMB in Galveston, Ben Taub, Memorial Herman, and Texas Children’s Hospital all say they plan to begin vaccinations next week. “Our personnel are ready to accept vaccines as early as this weekend, should it arrive, but we probably anticipate it arriving on Monday or Tuesday,” said Roberta Schwartz, executive VP of Houston Methodist. Memorial Hermann said with two effective vaccines likely coming to their doorstep, they’ll eventually be able to vaccinate every employee. Key dates:- Dec. 14 is when the state says they could begin rolling out the Pfizer vaccine to hospitals. AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are two other companies that could be following close behind them but they have yet to apply for EUA.
18-year-old dies after shooting in Humble
18-year-old dies after shooting in HumbleAn 18-year-old died Sunday morning following a shooting in Humble, according to the Harris County Sheriffs Office. An 18-year-old died Sunday morning following a shooting in Humble, according to the Harris County Sheriffs Office. Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close 18-year-old dies after shooting in Humble 1 / 1 Back to GalleryAn 18-year-old died Sunday morning following a shooting in Humble, according to the Harris County Sheriffs Office. Harris County Sheriffs deputies found a man with multiple gunshot wounds around 2:05 a.m. in the bayou behind the 6700 block of Treeline Drive following a report of shots fired. Greg Pinkins of the Harris County Sheriffs Office.chron.com
Deputy 'extremely critical' after being shot during traffic stop: sheriff
BREAKING: @HCSOTexas deputy was just transported by life flight to Memorial Hermann in the medical center. #HouNews HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) September 27, 2019One of our @HCSOTexas deputies has been shot while conducting a traffic stop, 14807 Willancy Ct @ West Rd. "One of our @HCSOTexas deputies has been shot while conducting a traffic stop," Gonzalez tweeted.Gonzalez added the deputy was seriously injured and was transported by Life Flight. He was handcuffed and his hands were bagged for evidence.Shortly after that, Sheriff Gonzalez tweeted that a possible suspect was detained. The sheriff said the deputy was able to return fire.The sheriff said the suspect "basically just shot him in a very ruthless, cold blooded way.abc13.com
8-year-old dead, 3 hospitalized in crash on I-45 north in Montgomery Co.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An 8-year-old child is dead following a major crash on I-45 north in Willis.DPS said the crash happened at Calvary Road on Saturday afternoon.According to DPS, two 3-year-olds and a 50-year-old woman were also transported to hospitals.She, along with the 3-year-olds were believed to be in the same vehicle.DPS tells ABC13 Eyewitness News I-45 north is expected to remain closed for a few hours.The cause of the crash is unknown. No injuries to those in the other vehicle have been reported.abc13.com
8-year-old dead and 2 seriously injured in crash on I-45 north in Montgomery Co.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An 8-year-old child is dead following a major crash on I-45 north in Willis.DPS said the crash happened at Calvary Road on Saturday afternoon.According to DPS, three passengers were transported to Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands.A 2-year-old is in critical condition and a woman in serious condition.DPS tells ABC13 Eyewitness News I-45 north is expected to remain closed for a few hours.The cause of the crash is unknown.abc13.com