From the NICU to the Swimming Pool: Preemie Heart Surgery Patient Making a Big Splash

By Evan Koch Alexandra “Alex” Merhan’s trip to the pool in mid-August was a milestone event for many reasons. After more than a year of swim lessons, the 3-year-old was skilled and confident enough to join her instructor in the water for the first time without either of her parents by her side. But the [Continue Reading]

Firefighters’ Epic Lip Sync Challenge Leads to a Surprise Visit for Houston’s Hospitalized Kids

By Evan Koch Earlier this summer, the Spring Fire Department (SFD) showcased its talents by performing in a lip sync challenge music video, generating more than 100,000 views on Facebook and local media coverage. SFD’s encore to that performance was a surprise visit to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. When several SFD firefirefighters stopped by [Continue Reading]

Heart Patient Celebrates His Third Birthday by Visiting the Staff who Saved His Life

By Evan Koch When Ian Sisco returned to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2018, his latest visit stood in stark contrast to his first one back in 2015. When Ian was less than one day old, he was transported to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by Memorial Hermann Life Flight®. Ten days later, [Continue Reading]

Sending Your Kids Back to School? Risks Every Parent Should Know.

By Karen Thompson MSN, APRN, Pediatric emergency medicine nurse practitioner affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann at  Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Now that school is back in session, local kids are resuming their studies and extra-curricular activities. While most parents  focused on ensuring their children had adequate school supplies and a new outfit for the first [Continue Reading]

Does Your Teen Have High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Surprised.

Nearly 800,000 more teens in the United States should be reclassified as having hypertension, according to a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study. This can be alarming news for both parents and teens. Hypertension, the medical term for chronically high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for stroke and heart [Continue Reading]

Helping Student Athletes Prepare For Hot Practices

Soon, area high school football players will be leaving their air-conditioned homes and heading back to the field in full pads. The afternoon Houston heat can be brutal, but athletes can make the transition easier by getting acclimatized beforehand. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acclimatization is the beneficial physiological adaptations that [Continue Reading]