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Houston City Scope October 2016


Memorial Hermann-TMC’s Newest Installation Honors Dr. James H. “Red” Duke

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s latest installment in the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann Atrium, is a tribute to the late UTHealth trauma surgeon, Dr. James H. “Red” Duke.

“Our Dr. Duke” features stories from some of Dr. Duke’s closest friends and colleagues in the Texas Medical Center who walked the hospital’s hallways with him every day. Also included in the new exhibit are photographs and memorabilia from his legendary life that are as rich as the tales told in his memory.

“There are countless physicians, colleagues and patients who benefitted from Dr. Duke’s passion and guidance,” said Brian Dean, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC. “His legacy can be seen throughout our hospital, from Life Flight to our incredible lifesaving trauma services. This gallery is yet another example of the positive effect he had on all those with whom he came in contact.”

The exhibit’s grand opening coincides with the 40th anniversary of Memorial Hermann Life Flight, a milestone the program celebrated on Aug. 1. Dr. Duke was instrumental in developing Life Flight, Texas’ first lifesaving air ambulance service, and served as medical director of the program for nearly four decades. In order to express gratitude to the city that helped make the lifesaving air ambulance service possible, Memorial Hermann launched a “40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks” campaign and has joined the community in celebrating Life Flight’s trailblazing history and excellence in aviation safety and high quality, clinical care.

The exhibit’s opening week also marked one year since Dr. Duke passed away on Aug. 25, 2015. As the John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, he was a dedicated physician who was known for his extraordinary patient care and efforts to teach medical students and surgeons. Dr. Duke was instrumental in establishing trauma services at Memorial Hermann-TMC and transforming trauma care, not just for the city of Houston but for the entire country. Earlier this year, the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute was renamed the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute in his honor.

The Rick Smith Gallery, which was funded through employee contributions to an annual employee campaign, was created in memory of Rick Smith, the late director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Hermann-TMC who understood the importance of healing the body, mind and soul. It is open to all employees, patients and visitors, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Rick Smith led by example, and demonstrated how spirituality in the workplace supports an environment of healing,” said Brent Peery, Director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Hermann-TMC. “The gallery is an expression of his vision and spirit.”

This is the gallery’s eighth installment since it opened in 2012. For more information, visit memorialhermann.org/our-dr-duke-stories/.


Wade Smith reads to a student at Walnut Bend Elementary during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Reading Event.

Wade Smith reads to a student at Walnut Bend Elementary during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Reading Event.


On Aug. 29 The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and Phillips 66 hosted their annual AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Reading Event to raise awareness about National Literacy Month, which began Sept. 1. During the event, a team of “coaches,” including several Gridiron Legends, read books to a group of second-grade students at Walnut Bend Elementary in the Westchase District. The event was hosted by school principal Michele Dahlquist. Dr. Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, also provided opening remarks.

“Coaches” at the event included Jerry LeVias, the first African-American scholarship athlete in the Southwest Confer­ence who played wide receiver for the Houston Oilers & San Diego Chargers; Bob Moses, right end for the University of Texas, MVP of the 1962 Cotton Bowl; Gerald McNeil, wide receiver for Baylor University, played five seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Oilers; Johnny Roland, All-American at the University of Missouri, played seven seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants; Greg Meyers, trustee for the Houston Independent School District; Wade Smith, former Houston Texan, founder of The Wade Smith Foundation; Dr. Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation; Kevin Mitchell, executive vice president of Finance and chief financial officer, Phillips 66; and Paula Johnson, executive vice president and general counsel, Phillips 66.



Houston Methodist Primary Care Group recently announced it plans to collaborate with Next Level Urgent Care for the provision of after-hours care for its patients. In an effort to allow patients greater access to care at night and on the weekends without over-utilizing the emergency departments, organizations such as Kelsey- Seybold, Oak Bend Medical Center and Community Health Choice also recommend Next Level Urgent Care to their patients when primary care physician offices are closed.

“We are working with Next level Urgent Care to be sure our patients always have access to care when they need it,” said Stephen Spielman, president of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group. “This partnership offers an important alternative to the emergency room for non-life threatening issues.”

With hours extending to 9 p.m. seven days per week, Next Level Urgent Care can treat a variety of conditions, including fever, allergies, wounds needing stitches, broken bones, and sports or work injuries. Next Level can also provide sports and work physical examinations and can identify and refer chronic illnesses to primary care physicians to be managed on an ongoing basis.

“We are honored to be the trusted medical facility for after-hours care by such high quality healthcare organizations” stated Juliet Breeze, MD, CEO of Next Level Urgent Care. For more information, visit nextlevelurgentcare.com.


Caregivers, parents and former NICU babies enjoyed a day of reunion and celebration at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Caregivers, parents and former NICU babies enjoyed a day of reunion and celebration at Texas Children’s Hospital.


More than 400 parents and children and over 100 doctors, nurses and staff members from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) attended a “Made in Texas” themed reunion, celebrating babies who were born prematurely or critically-ill and spent the first weeks or months of their lives in the NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. The reunion offers a special opportunity for families and their “NICU graduates” to reunite with the doctors, nurses and staff members that cared for them.

The reunion, held at Children’s Pavilion for Women featured fun games for babies and toddlers, face painting, a photo booth and motorized ride-on plush animals.

Texas Children’s Newborn Center and the hospital’s Pavilion for Women together house 173 NICU beds, making the hospital the largest NICU in the nation. Texas Children’s Newborn Center cares for nearly 2,500 babies each year and offers level IV care, the highest level of NICU care available, with 24/7 access to neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists.



The 2016 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will be held at NRG Center from Nov. 9-13, with over 280 merchants from across the country selling unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from humble beginnings in a church bazaar, to now being the second-largest charity event at NRG Park and this year will mark its 36thyear. As is the tradition, each year the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was carefully selected by Market chairman, Mary Alice Parmet. The theme celebrates the shopping spirit of the holiday season, and the camaraderie the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market creates among shoppers and the Houston community.

“The Market is an annual fundraiser for Houston Ballet Foundation, the Academy and its Scholarship Programs,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “We are grateful to every shopper, as they are directly impacting local arts education and supporting the passions of young dancers.”

Ten percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy. With the funds raised in 2015, 53,675 Houston-area students were exposed to ballet through the Academy’s education and community engagement programs, more than $875,000 was awarded to 344 students to continue their dream of studying dance at Houston Ballet Academy, and students from 321 Houston-area schools got their first opportunity to see ballet and hear from dancers through free programming, performances and classes at Houston Ballet’s prestigious Center for Dance.

For more information about tickets or sponsorship, call 713-535-3231 or visit NutcrackerMarket.com.

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