HOUSTON (January 26, 2016)

Three Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals as well as Memorial Hermann Life Flight® were recently honored at the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet 2016.

Memorial Hermann received awards in four of the top categories, including:

  • Cardiac Award (hospital less than 250 beds): Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital
  • Cardiac Award (hospital with more than 250 beds): Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
  • Pediatric System of Care Award: Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • EMS/Air Medical Partner of the Year Award: Memorial Hermann Life Flight.

In its inaugural awards ceremony, SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have exhibited outstanding performance in areas such as trauma care, stroke care, cardiac care, multi-agency teamwork, disaster preparedness and public education. Award recipients were chosen by an 11-member selection committee, which was comprised of SETRAC committee chairs and independent healthcare representatives.

The banquet was held at the Marriott Westchase in Houston and was attended by nearly 700 individuals and elected officials, including State Representatives Rick Miller, Sarah Davis, John Zerwas, M.D. and Cecil Bell. Also in attendance were City of Houston EMS Physician Director David Persse, M.D., and Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner and operator of Gallery Furniture.

"The banquet was held as a way for hospital executives and clinicians, as well as EMS and other first responders across our nine counties to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Darrell Pile, SETRAC CEO. “All too often we forget their sacrifices so we wanted this awards banquet to be an evening where every link in the emergency healthcare system could be recognized for the truly amazing things they do every day.”

Former patients from the award-winning hospitals were also on-hand to share their stories of exceptional care, including Linda Flynt whose family experienced the life-saving benefits of Life Flight and the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute – the city’s only location to offer Level I trauma care for both adult and pediatric patients – after their private plane crashed in July 2014.

“Following the crash, my son Jonathon was scared to be in the Life Flight helicopter by himself but he was comforted knowing that I was able to be in there with him,” said Flynt. “Even after arriving at the hospital, I felt more at ease knowing that my family was being taken care of in the same place. I could see that my son was recovering and being cared for even though I wasn’t able to care for him myself.”

The awards are especially meaningful to Memorial Hermann given the breadth of locations and services honored.

“On behalf of the entire system, I am incredibly proud and honored that we received such tremendous recognition from the healthcare community in Southeast Texas,” said Dan Wolterman, Memorial Hermann President and CEO. “SETRAC is a true testament to the fact that, in order to be successful, we must all work together to increase access to care and continually improve the quality of care delivered to the millions of Texans we collectively serve every day.”

SETRAC was founded by the late James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., legendary trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, and has been funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the last 23 years.

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About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for high-quality clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 23,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann's 13 hospitals include four hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: an acute care hospital which houses the Texas Trauma Institute and a Level I trauma center of which Life Flight® air ambulance is a part, a hospital for children, a rehabilitation hospital and an orthopedic and spine hospital; eight suburban hospitals; and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations, joint replacement centers, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned Memorial Hermann Health Insurance Company.