Grayson Co. Hospital Receives Vaccination Grant

Grant Awarded to Hospital to Vaccinate Against Bacterial Pneumonia

May 8, 2014    

Bacterial pneumonia, a disease that can be prevented by a vaccination, sends more than a quarter of a million Texans to the hospital each year. The disease is especially serious for the elderly, and can lead to death.

Heritage Park Surgical Hospital in Sherman was awarded a $2,000 grant from Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to provide bacterial pneumonia vaccinations to Grayson County residents.  

Bacterial pneumonia is one of the top three causes of potentially preventable hospitalizations in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reports that from 2006 to 2011, more than 293,000 Texas adults were hospitalized for bacterial pneumonia at an average cost of $31,298 per incident. Of those, 187 Texans died of the illness. 

With 354 cases of bacterial pneumonia in 2011, Grayson County’s rate of bacterial pneumonia is 25 to 50 percent higher than the state average. DSHS and Grayson County developed an immunization coalition to ensure fewer people get sick and have to be hospitalized. They want to reduce the rate 15 percent by 2015.

Heritage Park Surgical Hospital held its first Be Wise — Immunize event April 25 at the Spring Free Dental Clinic at Lake Texoma Dental Care & Wellness. They vaccinated 25 residents at no cost, which is 42 percent of the goal to vaccinate 60 local residents. Heritage Park Surgical Hospital will provide more vaccinations through local soup kitchens and the Sherman Senior Center.

“These shot clinics will help us better protect the elderly residents of Grayson County,” said Grayson County Medical Society President J. Timothy Parker, MD, Denison, who initiated the grant and the project. “Our goal is to keep our senior citizens and those susceptible to pneumonia healthy and out of the hospital.” 

The Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants help Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured Texans. Since 2012, 26 grants totaling more than $40,000 have been awarded to Texas communities to improve the health of Texans. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF) thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.

“TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support this effort because immunizations prevent serious diseases and are one step we all need to take to live a healthier life,” said G. Sealy Massingill, MD, TMAF president. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

Heritage Park Surgical Hospital, opened in mid-November 2010, is a 57,000 square-foot facility that expanded to include a second location on North Travis Street in October 2011. As a whole, Heritage Park Surgical Hospital encompasses 10 operating rooms, three procedure rooms, and 10 inpatient rooms. The hospital is supported by 38 physician partners in the following specialties: ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, pain management, podiatry, plastic surgery, and urology. In addition to the core specialties, Heritage Park Surgical Hospital also offers occupational medicine, lab services, and full-line imaging. Visit Heritage Park Surgical Hospital at www.HeritageParkSurgicalHospital.com.

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TMA Contact:
Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; email: pam.udall@texmed.org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

Heritage Park Surgical Hospital Contact:
Kendra Sikes
kendra.sikes@foundationhospitals.com
3601 N. Calais St., Sherman, Texas 75090
Phone: (903) 870-0996

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