As the threat of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall loomed, members of the UTHealth community began to mobilize, hoping for the best, preparing for the worst.
Employees volunteered to be part of the ride-out crews that are essential to our safety and operations during severe weather events. Clinical teams assembled. And the executive leadership team plotted a course of action to protect our community and our campus.
Some had been down these flooded roads before with Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricane Ike and other severe weather emergencies. For others, it would be a new experience from which to learn.
As conditions deteriorated and Harvey produced unprecedented rainfall in the Houston area beginning Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, faculty, staff, students and trainees went to work.
One by one, heroes with an indomitable spirit of compassion, kindness and resilience emerged.
The administration and staff of Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (LBJ) felt sure they had their bases covered two days out from the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. Ride-out team members were to come in Friday, Aug. 25, and work three to four days. But sometimes Mother Nature can waylay the best of plans.
During the worst of times, people count on heroes to step up and help them during their darkest hour. For UT Physicians, our team of heroes includes the staff on the 24-Hour Nurse Help Line.
As Hurricane Harvey began his reign of misery over Houston and southeast Texas, students at UTHealth School of Public Health stood ready to provide volunteer support to health departments and public health entities.
From the morning of Saturday, Aug. 26, until the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 30, Phillip Dugas watched over UTHealth School of Dentistry while Perry Guillory did the same for the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building. They both watched over The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center and the central power plant.
Teachers are often called heroes for their tireless commitment to education. Allison Edwards, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.N., C.N.E., assistant professor of clinical nursing at UTHealth School of Nursing, is a hero inside and outside the classroom.
When Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston and caused massive flooding during the last week of August, an estimated 10,000 people took shelter with the Red Cross at the George R. Brown Convention Center. UTHealth School of Dentistry joined the relief effort by taking the school’s mobile dental van to the convention center to provide emergency dental care.
During a quick nap between cases, in the middle of her scheduled 24-hour call shift at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, she was woken up with the news that a patient had been evacuated to the hospital…by boat.
When Erik P. Askenasy, M.D., was called to the emergency room at Harris Health’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 27, the colorectal surgeon found a man with a significant intracranial bleed who was at risk for serious neurological injury unless the blood clots compressing his brain were removed.
As Hurricane Harvey deluged Houston with rain, a dedicated cadre of UTHealth employees known as “ride-outs” put their own struggles—and flooded homes—second to the safety of the facilities, resources, people and operations critical to the university.
During times of crisis and hardship, a comforting reminder from Mr. Rodgers is that you can “always look for the helpers. There’s always someone who is trying to help.” Helpers and heroes come in all forms at the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center.
In need of a place to stay after Hurricane Harvey floodwaters inundated her Sagemont area townhome, 82-year-old Nancy Shoemaker was overwhelmed by the reception she received from the volunteers with UTHealth and other organizations at the George R. Brown Emergency Shelter.
Inspired by the television images of heroic Houstonians rescuing neighbors during Hurricane Harvey, McGovern Medical School faculty members were not going to let rising water keep them from taking care of their patients at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
Hurricanes. Landslides. Earthquakes. If there is a widespread emergency in the United States, Richard Bradley, M.D., is often a first responder assisting with search and rescue efforts. Hurricane Harvey was no exception.
Two emergency medicine physicians who split their time between McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and the Houston Fire Department are tending to the medical needs of Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the George R. Brown Emergency Shelter.
Cox recently switched out his small, low-lying car for a tall truck specifically so he could get to the hospital during flooding events. The decision paid off Saturday, Aug. 26, as he left his house to return to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.