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Saving Lives: Reflections and Celebration of Trauma Survivors


See All Photos By John Martinez | May 10, 2017

Life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye. An oncoming car, an unavoidable tumble, a gunshot — events that set into motion a fight for life and a sense of normalcy.

Harris County residents are fortunate that when they experience life-threatening events, they have access to Harris Health System and some of the best emergency medicine doctors, nurses, trauma surgeons and support staff in the nation, if not the world, through The Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center (Level I) at Ben Taub Hospital, affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, and The Trauma Center (Level III) at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

May is National Trauma Awareness Month and Harris Health honors the patients who entrust their care to our staff. Each year, Harris Health supports a comprehensive emergency and trauma care program that sees more than 172,000 emergency visits and more than 6,200 registered trauma cases. Both hospitals are integral parts of Harris County and the City of Houston’s EMS response systems.

In addition to caring for trauma and emergency victims every day, Harris Health hospitals serve as primary sites for mass emergencies arising from bioterrorism, chemical and nuclear incidents, and natural or weather-related events.

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