How to Save a Life

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, There are currently over 120,000 people in the United States who need a lifesaving organ transplant, and 13,000 of those people are in Texas. Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. In the past year, there were over 2,500 transplant procedures in [Continue Reading]

Taking A Stand Against Child Abuse

The statistics are sobering. Last year, more than 66,000 Texas children became victims of child abuse and neglect, according to the latest report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The Houston area alone counted more than 6,000 victims, the agency found. And the consequences are dire. Survivors of maltreatment face lifelong emotional, [Continue Reading]

Do Hospital Ratings Matter?

Before you check into a hospital, it’s always a good idea to check its record for quality and patient safety.   But decoding hospital score cards is no easy trick.  From U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals to Truven Health’s Top 100 Hospitals to the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score or Consumer Reports’ Health [Continue Reading]

What is Supportive Medicine?

What is “supportive medicine?” It’s a term often misunderstood by both healthcare practitioners and patients. Also known as “palliative care,” this medical discipline is revolutionizing the healthcare industry’s approach to the delivery of care to patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Supportive care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and [Continue Reading]