PAIR is one of three organizations selected to participate in the Jeremy Lin Foundation’s first Houston-based initiative—The Making a Difference Project (MAD)! And you can help PAIR’s kids meet Jeremy Lin!
All three organizations featured in Jeremy Lin’s video linked below will receive funding from the JLIN Foundation, though the org who receives the most votes on the MAD Project’s page will benefit from additional visits and exposure by Jeremy. Please help the success of the MAD project for all the nonprofits involved by spreading the word about this video.
HOW TO HELP:
VOTE: Each Facebook “like” PAIR receives on the MAD page (http://mad.jeremylinfoundation.org/) is one vote for PAIR. The group with the most votes at the end of the campaign will receive appearances by Jeremy Lin! (Note: You can also vote for more than one organization if you so choose)
SHARE this information with your family, friends, and colleagues through the MAD website and ask them to support PAIR through votes, donations, and sharing with their contacts. And don’t forget to like us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pairhouston) and follow us on twitter (https://twitter.com/pairhouston) in support of our great cause. #MakingADifference
DONATE to The Making a Difference Project through the MAD website to benefit the greater Houston community or donate directly to PAIR (http://pairhouston.org/donate.shtml).
*For your friends who may not have heard of us, PAIR improves the lives of young refugees—newcomers to Houston who have escaped war and persecution at home. Through mentoring, tutoring, and college access programs, we help them face the challenge of learning a new language and adapting to a new way of life.
What People Said about Our Region’s Future…
More than 6,200 residents from across the 13 counties in the Houston-Galveston area offered feedback about their priorities for the region’s future through a recent survey. What did you and your neighbors, in your town, your county and your region have to say?
Some of the results may surprise you…
- Most (78%) respondents said it was very easy, easy, or not that difficult to get to the places they want to go today, but 71% are concerned that it will be more difficult or a lot more difficult to get around in 2040.
- Few (7%) said we should accommodate our future growth only by building new suburban areas; 88% said this growth should be accommodated by redeveloping existing cities and towns, or by a balanced approach that includes redevelopment and building new suburban areas.
- A majority (61%) said they would support increased planning by local governments to build communities with more transportation options.
- A strong majority (95%) said we should take steps to preserve wetlands, forests, prairies and shorelines; 59% said they would support public spending to conserving these areas, even if it meant higher taxes or fees.
Opinions vary about different aspects of the region’s future depending on people’s age, race and where they live. To see specific survey results broken out by location, age, education, household size and more.
Click here to see a presentation summarizing the survey results.
We Want to Hear from You!
Whether you’re online or texting, we have updated our MindMixer site so that you can dig deeper into the topics we discussed in the survey. We need your ideas! Current open topics include:
- How can we bring the kids of jobs we want to our communities?
- How can we make our streets friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages?
- How can we revitalize our existing cities, towns and neighborhoods?
- What can we do to make the region a better environment for learning?
- What makes our region great (show us your photos!)
Take the time to get involved in the online conversation at http://ideas.ourregion.org
Remember, your most up-to-date information about the Our Region efforts can always be found at www.ourregion.org
Healthgrades Honors Hospitals with Superior Clinical Outcomes
HOUSTON (January 29, 2013) – Memorial Hermann continues to differentiate itself as one of the top systems in the nation and the market leader in quality outcomes, with five campuses being named as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ by Healthgrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Placing in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for superior clinical performance are Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.
“This achievement by our hospitals is a testament to our quest to become a High Reliability Organization when it comes to quality and patient safety,” said M. Michael Shabot, M.D., System Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann. “The goal at all of our hospitals is to provide safe and effective care for every patient and family, as measured by 100% compliance with national quality measures, and zero harm such as hospital acquired infections. This recognition by Healthgrades – an independent ratings organization – validates our work, and inspires us to continue keeping our patients safe while in our care.”
Healthgrades’ Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study objectively identifies those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 27 medical diagnoses and procedures that the organization rates. The 262 top-performing hospitals represent only 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals and each is designated as a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™.
Unlike other hospital quality studies, Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications. Healthgrades’ analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2009 – 2011. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year’s study, Healthgrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost.
The Healthgrades study found that:
- As a group, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence had a 30.9% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 18 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.
- If all hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 164,414 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved.
This is the ninth year in a row that Memorial Hermann Northwest, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann Southwest, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands have been recognized with this award (2005-2013) and the sixth year for Memorial Hermann Memorial City (2008-2013).
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About Memorial Hermann
An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including the Texas Trauma Institute – a level I trauma center which houses the Life Flight® air ambulance – a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, eight suburban hospitals, and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, two Ironman Sports Medicine Institute locations, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned MHealth, Inc and MHealth Insurance Company.
Hosted by Brays Oaks Management District, Southwest Houston 2000, Inc. and Houston Baptist University, community members were invited to breakfast in which Houston Council Members Larry Green, District K, Ellen Cohen, District C, and Mike Laster, District J, came to speak about their own city council districts.