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Level 1 Trauma Centers and Patrice Pike: Thursday’s Show (June 4, 2015)

Despite more than 250 layoffs, and a new policy limiting the patients Ben Taub General Hospital can handle in its ICU, Harris Health System is operating at a $14 million deficit this year. The reductions in service threaten Ben Taub’s long-term Level 1 trauma center designation. Ben Taub is one of just three such trauma centers […]

Despite more than 250 layoffs, and a new policy limiting the patients Ben Taub General Hospital can handle in its ICU, Harris Health System is operating at a $14 million deficit this year. The reductions in service threaten Ben Taub’s long-term Level 1 trauma center designation.

Ben Taub is one of just three such trauma centers in the region. (The others are Memorial Hermann at the Texas Medical Center, and UTMB in Galveston). The American College of Surgeons says that’s not enough to serve Greater Houston’s large and growing population.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the role such trauma centers play, whether we need more of them, and what impediments may exist to add more in Greater Houston.

Also this hour: Houston Mayor Annise Parker, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, VA Secretary Robert McDonald, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez all gathered Monday to announce that chronic veteran homelessness in Houston is effectively over! But is that actually true? What does “effectively” mean? What are the caveats? We ask Mandy Chapman Semple from the mayor’s office and Tom Mitchell, the Executive Director of U.S. Vets Houston.

Then: Alexander Garvin has written a number of books on urban planning, including The American City. In that 1996 book, he wrote that Houston was, at the time, creating one of the most important boulevards in the nation: Post Oak, in uptown. Paige Phelps talks with Garvin about what he finds so significant about Post Oak Boulevard.

Plus: Patrice Pike first gained acclaim when she was just a teenager, fronting the Austin-based jam band Sister Seven. The singer/songwriter is a solo act these days. She discusses her musical journey with Edel Howlin, plays a little music, and talks about why Houston has become a sort of second home to her recently.

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