NEW NAME, SAME GAME — David Lopez, president and CEO of Harris Health System – formerly Harris County Hospital District – announces the organization’s new name during a kickoff ceremony Sept. 6.
To more accurately reflect the services it offers, Harris County Hospital District has changed its name to Harris Health System.
“Harris County Hospital District implies that we are hospital-dominant, but we have all kinds of services besides our three hospitals,” said David Lopez, the health system’s president and CEO.
In addition to its three hospitals – Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease Hospitals – the health system operates 16 health centers, 15 homeless shelter clinics, seven school-based clinics, five mobile health units, a dialysis center, a dental center and a specialty ambulatory center.
The new name also better supports Harris Health’s focus on becoming a “medical home” for patients – a place where patients return time and again for all their medical care, thereby establishing a doctor-patient relationship and a medical history at a Harris Health clinic. Preventive care like well-checks, immunizations and standard medical screenings are a priority at Harris Health clinics, Lopez said.
The new name, Harris Health System, better represents this philosophy, he said.
“We are our region’s leading integrated health care system and we are champions for the health of all the people and families of Harris County, Lopez said.
Harris Health System is staffed by physician faculty and residents from nationally ranked medical schools Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Last year, U.S. News & World Report named the system to its first-ever Best Regional Hospitals-Houston list. One of its hospitals, Ben Taub Hospital, has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.
Harris Health’s electronic medical record system that connects all of its hospitals, health centers, clinics and providers has received national acclaim. The system has been named among the Most Wired Hospitals list for two consecutive years by Hospitals & Health Networks, and received national recognition from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Harris Health also is a recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.