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

Posted on · 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 […]

Houston Matters

The Challenges of Living With and Treating HIV/AIDS in Houston

Posted on · Today is World AIDS Day, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center, which meets the medical, psychological and social needs of Houstonians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Thomas Street was the nation’s first free-standing HIV/AIDS treatment facility. We hear about the challenges of treating and preventing HIV/AIDS, from Thomas Street’s director, […]

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World AIDS Day, Charitable Giving and Cold Weather Gardening: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Posted on · Today is World AIDS Day, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center, which meets the medical, psychological and social needs of Houstonians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Thomas Street was the nation’s first free-standing HIV/AIDS treatment facility. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear about the challenges of treating […]

Houston Matters

Training Healthcare Workers to Spot Domestic Violence

Posted on · There’s been plenty of discussion about domestic violence in the media the past month or so, whether it’s discussing the proper penalties for an abuser or trying to make sense of why a victim would stay with her abuser. But often overlooked in the discussion are the healthcare workers who deal with victims of this […]

Obamacare Odysseys

Promise of Affordable Care Act Falls Short for Harris Health

Posted on · Harris Health, the county's public hospital and clinic system, has long been the safety net for the uninsured. But this year some of those patients had a choice: continue to get care at Harris Health (and pay a tax penalty for being uninsured), or sign up for private insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Most stuck with the safety net. Health educator Denise LaRue says lots of patients were unfamiliar with health insurance and didn't see the benefit of paying premiums, deductibles and co-pays.