Grant Awarded to Hospital to Vaccinate Against Bacterial Pneumonia
May 8, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512)
413-6807; email: pam.udall[at]texmed[dot]org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Heritage Park Surgical Hospital Contact:
3601 N. Calais St., Sherman, Texas 75090
Phone: (903) 870-0996