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Memorial Hermann Proud to be Among First in U.S. to Receive and Administer COVID-19 Vaccine to Frontline Healthcare Workers

Today (December 15), Memorial Hermann Health System received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and immediately began administering the vaccine to its frontline healthcare workers. The system’s very first vaccine was given to Robert Luckey, RN, who works as a nurse in Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s dedicated COVID Intensive Care Unit. He received the vaccine to a round of applause from his colleagues.

“We have been fighting this battle against COVID-19 since March,” said Luckey. “I’m thrilled there is now a vaccine to help protect us against this virus, and I am very grateful and proud to be among the first in the country to be able to receive it.”

The CDC recommends that healthcare workers who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19 be the first in the United States to receive the vaccinations. In addition, the state has provided guidance on who will receive the first doses of the vaccine in Texas.

“Today is truly a remarkable day full of optimism for the near future,” said David Callender, M.D., President and CEO of Memorial Hermann. “We are so thankful to be included in the first allocation of this vaccine. Together, our employees and physicians have treated more COVID-19 positive patients in our hospitals than anyone else in the Greater Houston area, and that’s something we’re extremely proud of.”

In partnership with UTHealth, the system was first in Texas to perform a double lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were severely damaged by COVID-19. In addition, Memorial Hermann and UTHealth are participating in over 30 clinical trials dedicated to COVID-19.

Memorial Hermann expects to receive 16,575 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first allotment, more than any other health system in the Greater Houston area. Moments after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfzier COVID-19 vaccine, the health system opened up online registration for frontline employees to begin signing up to receive the vaccine, with the first available time slots going quickly.

“It’s been a stressful, exhausting 10 months, so I think I can speak for everyone when I say that it’s an honor for us to be able to offer this vaccine to the individuals who have dedicated nearly a year of their lives to caring for our community during this pandemic,” said Dr. Callender. “We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure our workforce is protected, so we can continue providing the same safe, compassionate care our patients have come to expect from us.”

After the vaccine has been distributed to essential workers and vulnerable populations identified by the state of Texas, the vaccine will be more widely available. It is uncertain exactly when this will occur – timing will depend on how quickly the Pfizer vaccine can be produced and distributed, and whether or not other vaccines, including Moderna’s candidate, are authorized quickly by the FDA. As soon as doses of the vaccine are available for widespread use, Memorial Hermann plans to make them available for its patients and members of the community.

“We’re all very hopeful that this will be the turning point we’ve been waiting for since this pandemic began. However, now is not the time to let our guard down,” Dr. Callender said. “Our fight with COVID-19 is not over yet, but at least there is finally an end in sight.”

Dr. Callender stressed that, although the vaccine is here and others are on the way, it will take months to vaccinate everyone who wants to receive it. This is why it is important to continue practicing the three “W’s”: wearing a mask, watching social distance and washing hands frequently.

To learn more about Memorial Hermann’s response and resources related to COVID-19, please visit the system’s Coronavirus Resource page. 

Memorial Hermann Pearland Welcomes First Baby

MHPL First Baby - Cash 1.jpegWith his first breath, Cash Joseph Lee makes history becoming the first baby born at Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital. Memorial Hermann’s newest hospital opened March 29.

Cash weighed six pounds, three ounces and arrived at 2:20 p.m. on April 4 to proud parent Sarah Wilson and Coby Lee of Pearland.

“My original due date was April 15 and I had hoped I would be able to deliver in the new
hospital,”says Sarah Wilson. “Most of our extended family lives in Manvel and Alvin so it was super easy for all of them to get here; it’s been a wonderful experience.”
Dr. Michael Hunter, DO, is credited with delivering the first baby at Memorial Hermann
Pearland. “I think it’s pretty exciting for mom and dad to know their baby is the first baby to be born in the new hospital,” says Dr. Hunter. “The staff did a great job taking care of them.”
Memorial Hermann Pearland offers six private suites for labor, delivery, recovery and post- partum (LDRP). The LDRP suites allow the mother and her newborn to remain in the same suite throughout their stay. Memorial Hermann Pearland also offers expectant mothers in-house OB/GYN services 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as neonatology services.
For more information on Memorial Hermann Pearland call 713-413-5000

Mayors from Manvel and Pearland Tour the New Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital

Mayor Reid and Mayor Martin Tour

Manvel Mayor Delores Martin, Director of Physician Resources Rebecca Lilley, Sr. VP and CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland Mario Garner and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid.

Manvel Mayor Delores Martin and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid recently toured the new Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital. The hospital will open March 29.

Memorial Hermann Pearland is located at 16100 South Freeway on the southbound side of Highway 288 near FM 518.

Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital prepares for March 29 grand opening

56e361fb8b069.imageMemorial Hermann’s newest hospital, located at 16100 South Freeway in Pearland, is getting ready for its Grand Opening on Mar. 29. In moving toward that day, the hospital will host a Community Open House on Mar. 23 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. This come-and-go event will offer tours of the hospital and a sneak peek of its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Dr. Mario Garner, Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, says that the hospital will be ready to help patients from day one. “We open on March 29 at 7:00 a.m. If someone needs services at 7:01, we will be able to provide them,” he said. “Our goal is to offer the high quality health care that the community deserves and expects from Memorial Hermann.”

Either alone or partnering with UT Physicians and other entities in the Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Pearland will offer a full range of services and specialties: Colorectal, ENT, an emergency center, gastroenterology, general surgery, heart and vascular, imaging and diagnostic services, labor and delivery, neurology, orthopedics and sports medicine, physical, speech and occupational therapy, primary care, urology and women’s health. There is also a Life Flight helipad on site.

“We are very proud to be serving Pearland,” said Garner. “The Regional President, myself, our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer all live here in Pearland, as well as many of our employees. We are the official athletic treatment sponsor for Pearland ISD. We provide pre-employment services to the Pearland Fire Department. Our Conference Center is named after [Pearland Mayor] Tom Reid.”

“We want to be a place where physicians feel comfortable referring their patients to for services and imaging, and to provide a positive hospital experience. After all, we will be providing services to our friends, families and neighbors. That will help us be accountable,” Garner added.

Currently, there are 265 employees at Memorial Hermann Pearland, but as the hospital expands, so will its need for additional colleagues. “We are committed to hiring individuals that who align with our mission: We advance health,” Garner said.

The hospital currently houses 64 beds, but is built for growth to 128 beds without the construction of a new building. “We have a master plan that will allow us to offer 256 beds eventually, when the need is there. We plan to grow with the community and region,” Garner said.

The Intensive Care Unit has 10 beds and the ratio of patients to nurses is 2:1. Each ICU room is equipped for dialysis if needed.

All of the rooms are 100% private, outfitted with the latest technology. The nurses’ stations are centrally located so that patients can easily call for a nurse and the staff can monitor each patient’s condition easily from each station.

“We designed every little detail for the comfort of the patient,” said Garner. “We used neutral colors that are modern. We’ve created a lot of natural light in our rooms and common areas because we know that promotes healing. The hospital is easily accessible from the freeway and major thoroughfares and parking is free and convenient. We offer food services. Breakfast and lunch are offered to the public.”

“Memorial Hermann wants to enhance the mayor’s vision of a medical center presence in Pearland. We have worked with the Pearland Historical Society to create a timeline for the wall that displays Pearland’s history, from its beginnings to the present. We want to be Pearland’s premier hospital,” said Garner.

Physicians interested in being part of the growth at Memorial Hermann Pearland may call (713) 383-4953 or email

The community is welcome to attend the Open House on March 23 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

To view all of the pictures, click HERE.

Mario Garner named LSU Young Alumnus of the Year


GarnerMario J. Garner, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital in Pearland, will be inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction as Young Alumnus of the Year during ceremonies at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on March 4. The Young Alumnus of the Year designation recognizes alumni under the age of 40 who have attained professional prominence early in their careers.

Other distinguished alumni to be inducted are Roger W. Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil Corporation; Sidney E. Fuchs, of Oak Hill, Va., president and chief executive officer of MacAulay-Brown, Inc.; Bernette Joshua Johnson, of New Orleans, chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; and Frank P. Simoneaux, of Baton Rouge, attorney and former state cabinet secretary and speaker pro tempore.

“I will forever cherish my years at LSU. It is the place where my road to adulthood began, my interest for servant leadership was heightened, my appreciation for the essentiality of friendship was strengthened and the trajectory for my career was established,” Garner said.

“Mario Garner’s selection as Young Alumnus of the Year is a testament to his professional leadership, personal and civic accomplishments and loyalty to his alma mater,” said Cliff Vannoy, president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association. “He exemplifies the essence of a true Tiger, and we are delighted to honor him with induction into the prestigious Hall of Distinction.”

Garner served as LSU student body vice president in 2001-2002 and graduated from LSU in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston.

Before joining Memorial Hermann in 2015, Garner served for two years as the inaugural president and chief executive officer of New Orleans East Hospital, overseeing the re-establishment of a full-service inpatient hospital to serve the communities that were severely damaged during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to that, he was chief operations officer at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Ga.; chief operating officer/ethics and compliance officer at The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana in Lafayette, La.; and associate administrator at West Houston Medical Center.

Garner is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Health Service Executives. He is a member of the LSU Department of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach National Advisory Board; a guest lecturer for the LSU College of Science “Careers in Life Sciences” course; and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He was an anchor/host of “Meet the Doctor” segments on WDIG TV in Dublin and hosted a radio talk show on WBOK radio in New Orleans. Garner has served the community as a Rotarian since 2011. He was selected for the Georgia Hospital Association’s 2012 Leadership Cohort. He currently attends Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston.

Garner was recently named the University of Houston College of Education’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2015, listed among 25 Rising Stars in Healthcare under age 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review and received the American College of Healthcare Executives Robert S. Hudgens Award for “2015 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.” Other recognitions include the WittKieffer’s Modern Healthcare “2014 Up & Comer” Award; 2014 City of New Orleans Outstanding Millennial in Healthcare; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity New Orleans Chapter 2014 Citizen of the Year; and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Dublin, Ga., Chapter Omega Man of the Year for 2013 and 2014. He was inducted into Tulane’s Delta Omega National Public Health Honorary Society in 2010 and in 2006 was named an Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders under age 30.

The 2016 gala marked the 50th anniversary of naming and LSU Alumnus of the Year. The first award was conferred in 1966; the Young Alumnus of the Year Award was established in 1999. Including the 2016 inductees, the LSU Alumni Association has recognized 285 individuals representing a cross-section of LSU graduates.

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Cardiologist Offers Heart Healthy Advice


According to the American Heart Association, heart disease  is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing more than 370,000 people each year. February is National Heart Month and a time to raise awareness of heart disease and the steps that can be taken to prevent it.

Heart disease is a term used to describe a number of conditions involving narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.

“Preventing the first heart attack is important to lowering the risk for heart disease,” says Dr.  Marlos Fernandes, M.D., cardiovascular disease specialist, affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “Many of the risk factors associated with heart disease can be controlled by  getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy, low sodium and low fat diet.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7 in every 10 people having their first heart attack have high blood pressure. “Hypertension is the number one cause of stroke and heart attack in this country,” says Dr. Fernandes. “If left untreated it can also lead to congestive heart failure, where the pumping function of the heart gradually deteriorates.”

High cholesterol is another risk factor for heart attacks. “Excess cholesterol over time leads to plaque buildup in arteries, which can directly lead to heart attack or stroke,” says Dr. Fernandes.

Dr. Fernandes offers these simple tips to improving your heart health:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Be physically active
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Watch your cholesterol levels
  • Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet

Dr. Fernandes recommends an annual physical to help monitor the risk factors for heart disease.“With quick laboratory work, physical exam and history we can accurately predict the risk of cardiac events during the following 10 years and plan ahead to prevent it,” says Dr. Fernandes.

You can learn more about Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute by visiting

Memorial Hermann and Victory Breast Diagnostics and Women’s Imaging partner to offer Bay Area patients the highest quality care and latest technology

Memorial Hermann and Victory Breast Diagnostics and Women’s Imaging are joining forces to become the Memorial Hermann Victory Women’s Imaging Center – a move that ensures patients in the Bay Area access to top quality health care for years to come.

“Victory Breast Diagnostic came alive in October 2006 and when we started, my expectations were to serve the Bay Area to the best of our abilities,” said Susan C. Gaskill, M.D., Founding Physician of Victory Breast Diagnostics and Woman Imagining and now Medical Director. “Given the current economic climate in health care as well as the increasingly complex regulatory environment, I believe joining teams with Memorial Hermann is exactly what we need to continue to improve our ability to offer the highest quality care using the latest technology.”

To ensure a seamless transition for all patients, Memorial Hermann Victory Women’s Imaging will operate under a business-as-usual status with full integration of Victory employees. Nothing will change for patients, who will continue to have full access to their regular physician.

“We are happy to welcome Victory into the Memorial Hermann family,” said Jim Brown, Sr. Vice President and CEO, Ambulatory Services at Memorial Hermann. “Memorial Hermann has been serving the Houston area for more than 100 years. Victory has a strong relationship with its patients and is a respected practice that has been providing high-quality imaging services in the Bay Area for years. So, this partnership is a win-win for patients and health care in the area.”

Known for a personal, positive and compassionate approach to helping patients detect and fight breast cancer, Victory offers an array services as mammography, ultrasound, aspiration/biopsies, breast MRI, bone density and high risk assessment.

“We look forward to strengthening Victory’s relationship with its patients,” Brown said. “I want to assure Victory’s patients and the Bay Area community that they will continue to receive the same quality of care from their trusted doctors and clinical staff.”

Gaskill echoed Brown’s sentiment.

“We have synergy and share the same standard of excellence,” said Gaskill. “Health care is challenging and the future is filled with unknowns, but I know one thing for certain – when it comes to my staff, Memorial Hermann and my patients, Victory will be ours.”

Memorial Hermann Announces Plans New Urgent Care in Clear Lake


Memorial Hermann is continuing its expansion into the Bay Area by announcing plans to open Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake in the summer of 2016.

The new Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will be staffed with board-certified family medicine physicians from the Memorial Hermann Medical Group and will provide walk-in care for non-life-threatening health conditions. The new Urgent Care will offer surrounding communities the ease and convenience of extended medical care and will serve as an extension of a primary care physician’s office.

“Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake is just another example of our commitment to serve the growing healthcare needs of the Bay Area on every level,” says Kyle Price, Sr. Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “Memorial Hermann Urgent Care will also provide a convenient, affordable entry point to the whole gamut of high quality healthcare services offered by Memorial Hermann.”

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will be part of an 11,500 square-foot medical facility that will also include a primary care physician office as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation services.

“Healthcare needs are changing and they don’t always fit a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule so it’s important to make sure the full range of Memorial Hermann’s services are available to the community where and when they need them,” says Jennifer Zimmerman, Vice President of Operations at Memorial Hermann Medical Group.

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will join Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Friendswood as Memorial Hermann’s second urgent care in the Bay Area.

“The City of Webster is excited that Memorial Hermann is expanding its presence inside the medical center of the South, where a super-regional population depends upon world class healthcare,” says Dr. Betsy Giusto, Economic Development Director, City of Webster.

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week for walk-in access and will be located at 19419-3 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas, 77598 inside the shopping center at Bay Area Boulevard and I-45.

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2016

MHSE New Year Baby 2016Luis Rey Gonzalez III was the first baby born at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in 2016. Luis weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and arrived at 8:02 a.m. on January 1, 2016.

Cub Scouts Visit Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland

Scouts Visit Pearland CCC

Pack 416 helped assemble first aid kits

Local Cub Scouts and Webelos from Pack 416 in Pearland recently visited the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland. Pack 416 serves Carleston Elementary in Pearland.

The group toured the emergency department and assembled personal first aid kits with supplies donated by Memorial Hermann.

Memorial Hermann Pearland is located at 16100 South Freeway on the southbound side of Highway 288 near FM 518.