In 2014, Harris Health System celebrates 48 years of service to our community. From humble beginnings, we have come a very long way. Yet, as we continue to serve one of America’s fastest growing urban areas, our challenges are greater than ever.
With the recent implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the numbers of uninsured residents in our community are changing, but how much and how rapidly remains uncertain.
As we move forward in this dynamic period of change, we are mindful of our rich tradition of caring for the community’s underserved that has brought us this far.
Harris Health System's historical highlights
Harris Health System opens Bayland Geriatric Health Center in January.
Harris Health opens Outpatient Center in October.
Harris Health honors Dr. Carlos Vallbona with naming of Vallbona Health Center (formerly People's). Dr. Carlos Vallbona helped found the system's community health program in 1967.
Harris Health receives its third consecutive Most Wired Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
Harris Health opens the new Smith Clinic in September.
Harris County Hospital District officially transitions to new business name Harris Health System.
Harris Health receives its second consecutive Most Wired Hospitals Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
Harris Health opens the new Cypress Health Center in July.
Harris Health opens the new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center - Bear Creek in April.
Harris Health receives the 2011 Most Wired Hospitals Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
Harris Health opens the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center in Pasadena, Texas on June 27 .
Lester and Sue Smith Foundation donate $15 million for new Cancer Treatment Clinic, the hospital district's single largest private gift.
Harris Health dedicates the new Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Emergency Center.
June 18, Harris Health opens state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation center at Quentin Mease Community Hospital.
Harris Health opens Goose Creek Health Clinic, its ninth school-based clinic.
Harris Health opens the new Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center in south Houston on May 14, replacing the temporary facility located inside Quentin Mease Community Hospital.
Harris Health opens the El Franco Lee Health Center in far west Houston on May 15. It is the district’s 13th health center.
Harris Health dedicates the new Riverside Dialysis Center.
Harris Health announces plans to add two new community health centers, a dialysis center, a radiation therapy center, and new outpatient diagnostic clinics to better meet the community’s growing needs.
The Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center is dedicated at Ben Taub Hospital.
Harris Health establishes Astrodome Health Center to serve the medical needs of nearly 25,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Harris Health wins prestigious TMF Health Quality Institute’s Award of Excellence
April 20, Harris Health introduces ServiceFIRST initiative to improve customer and patient satisfaction.
Harris Health's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program achieves CARF accreditation, certifying it among the nation’s elite rehabilitation programs.
July, NASA astronauts came to LBJ Hospital to learn about proper airway management and endotracheal intubation as part of their medical training for the journey into space.
June 9, Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals accept dozens of patients from other community hospitals flooded during Tropical Storm Allison.
Harris Health launches mobile health program with HCHD Foundation’s donation of TroubleShooters immunization van.
Lyndon. B. Johnson becomes first hospital in Texas to receive Level III trauma designation.
Harris Health is again named to “Top 100 Hospitals” list by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
Harris Health is named one of the nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals” by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
Harris Health opens first school-based clinic at Jackson Middle School.
LBJ Emergency Center and operating suites open July 1, receiving the first medical emergency at 7:01 a.m.
The new Ben Taub Hospital opens next to the original facility in the heart of the Texas Medical Center on Jan. 12.
June 2, LBJ Hospital opens; June 3, Jefferson Davis Hospital closes.
Thomas Street Health Center opens May 22 as nation’s first freestanding HIV/AIDS treatment facility.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School affiliates with Harris Health to provide medical staff to LBJ Hospital and some of its community health centers.
The Board of Managers increases to nine members, improving its diversity.
Harris Health establishes Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Ben Taub Anesthesiology Service installs advanced, computerized system for anesthetic and respiratory analysis.
Quentin Mease Community Hospital, named for district’s long-time board chairman, opens on N. MacGregor Drive, offering geriatric and long-term rehabilitation services.
April 28, E. A. “Squatty” Lyons Health Center opens in Humble.
Jefferson Davis becomes the first public hospital in the nation to have nurse midwives provide obstetrical care to women with uncomplicated pregnancies.
Harris Health Dental Center opens Feb. 12.
Ben Taub becomes the first hospital to obtain a CT scanner for the evaluation of head injuries.
The Winifred Wallace Maternity Center at Jefferson Davis Hospital is completed, accommodating more than 14,000 births annually.
Oct. 31, Strawberry Health Center opens in Pasadena.
Ben Taub Emergency Center institutes a new method of recovering and returning a patient’s blood.
Ben Taub Hospital institutes cutting-edge automation for the storage and retrieval of laboratory data.
Nov. 5, West End Health Center opens (later becomes Northwest Health Center).
Dr. Carlos Vallbona enlists district’s Community Health Centers to instruct new physicians in providing health care outside of hospital settings
Jan. 2, Ripley Health Center opens.
April 28, Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center opens.
May 17, Acres Home Health Center opens.
Aug. 21, Casa De Amigos Health Center opens in near North Houston.
Ben Taub’s Dr. George L. Jordan first uses the “Jordan Maneuver” to repair injuries to the duodenum, allowing wounds to heal faster and with fewer complications.
Feb. 14, Baytown Health Center opens in East Harris County.
Jan. 28, Settegast Health Center opens in Northeast Houston to launch the Community Health Program, an innovative neighborhood-based primary care initiative.
Jan. 1, 1966, the Harris County Hospital District formally came into being as a political subdivision with taxing authority and assumes ownership of city-county hospitals Jefferson Davis and Ben Taub.
The Harris County Hospital District was created by voter referendum in November 1965.
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