PHOTOS: Houston NICU babies dressed up for fall, Halloween
Every year, the Child Life and Expressive Therapies team at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital takes fall and Halloween photos of its littlest NICU patients. This year is the first time that we actually got some behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot to accompany the photos. You can see the team posing the babies and working with moms and dads to give them some great moments during their hospital stay.
‘He will need prayers’: Deputy shot in NE Harris Co. identified as search for 2nd suspect continues
The 29-year-old Harris County deputy who was shot while conducting a traffic stop has been identified. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez shared an image on Twitter/X of the deputy and identified him as Joseph Anderson.
Bellaire HS student among 3 family members killed in crash on FM 2920 near Waller County, officials say
A Bellaire High School student has been identified as one of three people killed in a two-vehicle crash on FM 2920 near the Harris County-Waller County line on Sunday, according to the Houston Independent School District.
Memorial Hermann, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas reach agreement; in-network care for patients is restored
Memorial Hermann announced Friday that it has reached a four-year agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, restoring in-network access to hospitals, facilities, and providers in the Houston region.
Man accused of stealing ambulance arrested after police chase in northwest Harris County, HPD says
A man is in custody after police said he stole a Houston Fire Department ambulance following his release from Memorial Hermann Hospital Wednesday night. Officers said the chase ended 25 miles away in northwest Harris County.
HPD: 2 men fatally shot in Houston’s Fourth Ward
HOUSTON – Two men were fatally shot in Houston’s Fourth Ward Tuesday night, according to the Houston Police Department. On arrival, units located a male shooting victim, HPD homicide detectives said in a release. While en route to the scene at Bluebonnet Place Circle, HPD officers received reports of a second shooting scene nearby at 1100 West Gray Street. Additional HPD officers responded and found a male shooting victim inside a vehicle. Investigators determined the two cases were related and that the original shooting scene was in the 900 block of Lamb Street.
Photos released of vehicle used in deadly shooting in north Harris County
Homicide investigators released photos of a vehicle that was used in a deadly shooting in north Harris County. HOUSTON – Homicide investigators released photos of a vehicle that was used in a deadly shooting in north Harris County. 4 Constable’s Office deputies responded to the scene and found a 33-year-old David Rowan shot inside a vehicle, investigators said. The suspect exited the sedan and shot into the victim’s vehicle several times, striking Rowan, according to deputies. Anyone with information about the shooting or the vehicle involved is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477.
Polio survivors reflect on pandemic as they receive COVID-19 vaccine
HOUSTON – Memorial Hermann hospital has a special connection to polio survivors and wanted to ensure they were high on its list of patients to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The hospital first began treating polio survivors in the 1950′s and 1960′s, according to Dr. Gerard Francisco, chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann/ UTHealth. “Either because they got the polio before the vaccine was developed or when the vaccine was developed, they did not have access to it.”The TIRR post-polio clinic now treats polio survivors, like Rhonda Young of Kingwood. AdFull Screen Full Screen 1 / 6 Historical photos of polio patients being treated in the 1950s at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. AdDr. Francisco said polio survivors were among some of the hospital’s first patients vaccinated against COVID-19.
Police seek answers after man shot while driving pulls into gas station for help, dies at hospital
Federico Cisneros was killed in a shooting on Christmas Eve 2020 in north Harris County. The incident happened on Christmas Eve around 10 a.m. near Gosling Road and State Highway 99. Officials said Federico Cisneros was driving his white SUV when someone opened fire and hit him. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477), submit a tip online at Crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers app. Only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.
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.
UPDATE: Appointments for Memorial Hermann’s vaccine clinic at NRG Park this weekend are full
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 – Memorial Hermann officials said the additional 2,000 appointment slots they opened Friday for the hospital system’s vaccine clinic this weekend at NRG Park were filled in a little more than an hour. Previous story:Memorial Hermann Hospital started vaccinating thousands of people in the area’s first drive-thru mass vaccination clinic at NRG Park on Thursday. I haven’t seen my grandkids in a long time and I’m ready to go see them,” said Joslin. Memorial Hermann initially invited only people 65 and older who had relationships with the hospital, such as previous patients.
About 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be shipped next week to Texas, mostly for large “vaccination hubs”
Texas will get about 200,000 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week, most of them earmarked for large “vaccination hubs” capable of vaccinating up to 100,000 people — helping streamline distribution as the number of eligible Texans grows, state officials said Thursday. “These vaccination hubs will provide people in those priority populations with identifiable sites where vaccination is occurring and a simpler way to sign-up for an appointment with each provider,” the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a written statement. Nearly 1.4 million doses had been shipped as of midnight Wednesday, according to state numbers. A list of the large providers identified as hubs will be released later in the week, the agency said. The 1B group has an estimated 8 million people, although state officials said an undetermined number of people fall under both groups.
2 suspects charged after 19-year-old fatally shot outside northeast Harris County home, officials say
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Two suspects were arrested after a 19-year-old was fatally shot Saturday outside a northeast Harris County home, officials said. At approximately 2:29 p.m. Saturday, deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office responded to a shooting in the 16000 block of Coco Shores Court. Wood’s parents told investigators they heard several gunshots before Wood came inside the residence and told them he was shot. While on scene, deputies received a call that two men with gunshot wounds had been dropped off at Memorial Hermann Convenient Care, located at 1420 E Sam Houston Parkway. Womack and Briscoe are currently booked into the Harris County Jail.
The coronavirus vaccine rollout in Texas is leaving some with more questions than answers
But after hours on the phone with more than a dozen health care providers in Houston, she said she was unsuccessful. The Texas Department of State Health Services did not respond to a request for comment. Phase 1A of the rollout prioritizes health care workers, while Phase 1B prioritizes people 65 and older and those who are at least 16 with a qualifying health condition. In it, he urged those with vaccine doses not to wait until everyone in the 1A group had been vaccinated before moving on to the 1B group. Greg Abbott on Tuesday accused providers of not moving quickly enough to administer vaccine doses.
Area hospital reports a ‘smooth start’ to the vaccination process
Several area hospitals received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and started the vaccination process. The first five recipients in Houston were from Memorial Hermann’s COVID ICU, emergency departments, an infectious disease doctor and a respiratory therapist. Memorial Hermann was slated to receive more than 16,000 doses. CEO and Director of Memorial Hermann Hospital Dr. David Callender said that he was pleased with the process and so far and everything has gone according to plan. Callender said that there have not been any reports of any issues and the first recipients are feeling well.
Houston hospitals finalizing distribution plans for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
HOUSTON – More than 220,000 vaccines are expected across the state next week beginning as early as Monday. Here in Houston, many hospitals are looking to vaccinate or than 1,000 healthcare workers per day. Houston area hospital plans for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution are being finalized as healthcare workers wait for FDA emergency approval. About 2,000 healthcare workers are expected to be vaccinated per day. Again vaccine distribution could start as early as next week.
Driver killed, 2 HPD officers injured in crash in northeast Houston
HOUSTON – Two Houston Police officers were involved in a fatal crash Saturday that killed a 71-year-old man, according to officials. The collision occurred at the intersection of Ley Road and Darien Street in northeast Houston at 3:35 p.m.“It is unfortunate and tragic that the citizen, the other motorist, did not survive the crash,” said Assistant Chief Ben Tien, from HPD patrol Region 1. The two officers were driving westbound on Ley Road en route to a weapon disturbance call when the collision occurred. Witnesses told KPRC 2 the patrol vehicle did not have lights or sirens on at the time of the crash. “HPD is going to hold the file for some period of time longer than normal because of the fatality involved.
How Houston doctors are working to combat maternity-care deserts
The March of Dimes Maternity Care Deserts report looks at areas where mothers don’t have much access to obstetrics care. However, outside of those five counties, there’s less access, especially in rural areas. The data looks at the number of hospitals that provide obstetrics services, the number of obstetrics providers and the number of women without health insurance. Filling the gapChildren’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is working with physicians in rural areas to help fill the health care gap. Telemedicine has also been a game-changer for patients who live in rural areas.
Houston, Harris County sees slight uptick in COVID-19 cases
HOUSTON – Nearly eight months into the coronavirus pandemic, Houston and Harris County are experiencing a slight surge in new cases of COVID-19. In Houston and Harris County, there are more than 165,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. “We’ve seen the number of positive cases reported going up a bit. Dr. David Persse, the Chief Medical Officer for the city of Houston, says it’s too early to determine where the small uptick is coming from. To view the Harris County and Houston COVID-19 dashboard, visit here.
Deputy accidentally shot at Brazoria County gun range, officials say
ANGLETON, Texas – A Brazoria County deputy was accidentally shot Friday at a gun range used by the Sheriff’s Office for training, officials said. According to Brazoria County officials, the deputy is a firearms instructor and he was shot in the stomach when a round accidentally discharged from a student’s weapon. Officials said the 30-year-old deputy suffered a deep flesh wound and was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening and he is in stable condition, officials said. The identity of the injured deputy was not immediately released.
HPD officer recovering after deadly shooting in southwest Houston
HOUSTON – An HPD officer is recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital following a shooting at a southwest apartment complex on Tuesday. Officer Courtney Waller was shot in the arm while responding to a disturbance call on Holly Hall Road. Harold Preston was also shot while responding to the disturbance call but later died from his injuries. RELATED: 41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials say“He’s an amazingly unique officer with a heart of gold,” said Lorie Luen.
41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials say
HOUSTON – Houston authorities said veteran Houston Police Officer Sgt. Harold Preston has died after a shooting near NRG Tuesday morning. Harold Preston, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning. The responding officers -- a 3-year veteran officer, a 5-year veteran officer and Preston -- arrived at the scene and met the woman who had called police. The two officers who were shot -- Courtney Waller and Preston -- were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital at 9:32.
LIST: Houston-area hospitals are relaxing visitor policies as area positivity rate goes down
HOUSTON – Houston-area hospitals are beginning to relax their strict visitor policies as the positivity rate in the area is on the downturn. Here’s a look at the visitor policies for some of the area’s largest hospital systems as of Monday, Aug. 31:As of Monday, the Memorial Hermann hospital system will allow more visitors inside its hospitals. Now, the hospital will allow one visitor per patient in acute care facilities, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Katy. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital will also now allow two adult visitors per day. Nursing facilities, imaging centers, breast care centers, sports medicine and Memorial Hermann medical group clinics will continue to enforce their no-visitor policies.
11-year-old boy shot in the face in Cypress, officials say
Published: July 22, 2020, 11:04 am Updated: July 22, 2020, 11:11 am(Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.) HOUSTON – An 11-year-old boy was shot in the face Wednesday morning in Cypress, officials say. Crews respond to a shooting in the 19700 block of Ridge Falls Ct. Wed. morning in Cypress. Medics treated an 11 yo male w/ a gunshot wound to the face. Daniel Arizpe, PIO #hounews pic.twitter.com/qkQZHuQKj1 — Cy-Fair Fire Department (@cyfairfd) July 22, 2020The Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office is investigating at the boy’s home.
GALLERY: Here are 14 photos from the deadly HPD helicopter crash in north Houston
One officer was killed and another one is in surgery after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston, according to local officials. HOUSTON – One officer was killed and another is in critical condition after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston, according to local officials. Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo identified Jason Knox as the tactical flight officer that died at the hospital following the crash. The HPD crash was reported at about 2 a.m. at the Biscayne At Cityview Apartment complex located at 17050 Imperial Valley Drive, near the Greenspoint neighborhood. None of the residents of the apartment complex were injured in the crash.
Rockets send lunch to Memorial Hermann staff on Easter Sunday
The Houston Rockets showed their appreciation to those working the frontlines in response to COVID-19 at hospitals in Houston. On Sunday, the team sent meals prepared and donated by owner Tilman Fertitta’s Post Oak Hotel and La Griglia Italian restaurant to the staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Greater Heights and Katy.
Want to help local healthcare workers, restaurants? Here’s how.
CrowdSourceRescue’s “Fund and Feed” initiative will feed the staff, including janitors and cleaning crews, at Memorial Hermann Hospital. CSR also wants to support local restaurants, who are hurting tremendously during this time. “Fund and Feed” will buy the food from the restaurants and deliver them to the workers at Memorial Hermann. “The Houston restaurant industry is hurting right now, and we’re not going to be able to save every restaurant," said Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of CSR. “But if we’re able to take donated money, buy meals from local restaurants, and then hand it out to healthcare workers, we can help keep jobs while feeding Houston."
Body found inside burning El Campo home after woman reported shooting, police say
EL CAMPO, Texas – Investigators are searching for evidence connected to an early morning shooting and house fire in El Campo. According to the El Campo Police Department, officers responded to the home near Olive and Taylor streets around 1 a.m. Friday in reference to a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found the home fully engulfed in flames and heard a woman screaming from inside. She was conscious but unable to talk.”The woman has been identified as 21-year-old Kaydra Sparks. El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill could not confirm the case is drug-related, however, he said his officers have responded to the home several times in the past for drug-related activity.
Man shot to death at Baytown apartment complex
BAYTOWN, Texas – A man was gunned down late Monday night at a Baytown apartment complex. The shooting was reported about 11:15 p.m. at the Sterling Bay Apartments on Quail Hollow Drive near West Baker Road. According to Baytown police, 59-year-old David Lavigne was found in the door of his apartment, suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Police said they believe Lavigne was shot several times when he answered a knock at his door. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Baytown Crime Stoppers at 281-427-8477.
'#BackTheBlue’: These are the condolences local law enforcement are offering to the officer killed on Saturday night
Local law enforcement and city officials offered their condolences as they learned that a Houston police officer was killed Saturday in the line of duty. Here’s a look at the early reactions from law enforcement and city officials. Texas has lost a brave law enforcement officer. #backtheblue https://t.co/Vzdrl0xPQt — Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) December 8, 2019Keeping our brothers in law enforcement in our thoughts and prayers at @houstonpolice. — City of Houston (@HoustonTX) December 8, 2019Our thoughts are with the @houstonpolice officer shot this evening, and with the family of the officer.
Man hit by pickup truck, killed on North Freeway at West Road
HOUSTON – A man was hit by a truck and killed Monday night on the North Freeway, officials said. According to police, the man was trying to cross the freeway in 1200 block around 9:15 p.m. when he was hit by a Chevy Silverado in the southbound lanes. The woman driving the truck stopped to help the man, police said. He was taken to Memorial Hermann hospital, where he was pronounced dead. She is not expected to be charged.
Girl, 16, killed & sibling hurt in Trinity River boating accident
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Texas – A Mother's Day family outing on the Trinity River ended in tragedy. According to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, a family from the Mont Belvieu-Dayton area in Chambers County were boating on the Trinity River to celebrate Mother's Day. The father was driving the family boat, pulling his children on a large tube behind the boat. This is just truly a tragic accident," said Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne. This case is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife with assistance from the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.
UH Football player hopitalized
HOUSTON – Houston football player D.J. Hayden was transported by ambulance from the University of Houston football practice facility to Memorial Hermann Hospital for evaluation of an injury sustained in practice Tuesday afternoon. At this time, medical information and status can only be provided by an attending physician from Memorial Hermann Hospital. UH officials tell KPRC Local 2 they will pass on updates as they receive them. Hayden has had a productive 2012 season recently being named CUSA's Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 2 interception performance against the UTEP Miners.