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2008-09-19 18:00:24

Medical officials in Texas treating patients for Hurricane Ike-related maladies or other ailments say the storm also created a near health disaster. The Texas public health commission warned of a public health crisis if post-hurricane conditions persist for long, the USA Today. The University of Texas Medical Branch, a major hospital and trauma center in hard-hit Galveston, is closed because of water and wind damage. "We are getting slammed," says Jamie McCarthy, director of emergency...

2008-09-19 06:00:29

By Donna Leinwand Texas hospitals slammed as post-hurricane conditions deteriorate HOUSTON -- A 30-year-old man falls 25 feet from a cherry picker, smacking his head and breaking his leg so badly that bone pokes through his thigh. A trauma team at Texas Medical Center's Memorial Hermann Hospital crowds around him. Nearby, a trauma team prepares for a patient arriving by helicopter who was hit in the head by a falling tree. It is noon Thursday, five days after...

2008-09-16 18:00:33

As of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, The Woman's Hospital of Texas remains open, caring for its patients and operating under city power. While Woman's weathered the storm with no injuries to patients or staff and only minimal structural damage, families of hospitalized patients are encouraged to stay safe and remain at home. Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Woman's cancelled all outpatient appointments and surgeries on Monday, Sept. 15, and those are being rescheduled. As of today, it is...

2008-09-03 18:00:41

HOUSTON, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You are on a true mission of good versus evil. But this time, it's personal. It is the up close and in-your-face adventure into the human body and its never-ending fight against disease. And you will experience it all in 4D for the first time in Houston, Texas. On Saturday, September 6, The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, will premiere its second permanent addition in three months,...

2008-08-11 09:01:39

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters today released its annual study identifying hospitals that demonstrated the fastest, most consistent improvement in the nation over five consecutive years. Nine of the 100 leading hospitals are in Texas. Florida and New York are each home to eight, and Pennsylvania boasts seven. Kentucky and Tennessee each have six winning hospitals, and California and Michigan have five apiece. Overall, U.S. hospitals struggled to improve their...

2008-08-07 18:01:54

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital announced the selection of Insight, a performance management solution from SciHealth, Inc. which provides real-time access to key performance indicators and automatic performance updates from a multitude of existing data sources. In early 2008, St. Luke's deployed the initial metrics to improve quality performance. David C. Pate, MD, JD, chief executive officer, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and senior vice president, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, said,...

2008-07-27 03:00:35

By Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle Jul. 27--When he was a sophomore in high school, Jim Willerson's parents decided it would be a treat for their son to meet Dr. Denton Cooley, then a rising star coming to San Antonio to lecture on heart surgery. Despite the aspiring doctor's protestations, they deposited him in a station wagon with four physicians who picked Cooley up at the airport, then proceeded to one's home. Willerson had never met any of them. "I thought it was the silliest...

2008-07-18 12:01:14

HOUSTON, July 18, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The 11-hospital Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston has named Charles "Chuck" D. Stokes, M.H.A., to succeed the retiring Dale St. Arnold as chief operating officer, effective in early September. Stokes, 54, comes to Memorial Hermann from North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC), where he has served as President since 2005. During his tenure, the hospital earned the prestigious Baldrige award for quality. NMMC is the flagship facility for...

2008-07-15 06:00:00

By Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle Jul. 15--With all his awards and accolades, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey still considered the high school named for him in Houston's Third Ward one of his proudest achievements. "This (was) one of the real joys of his life," said Dr. Robert Austin, a retired Baylor pediatrician who chairs the oversight board of the DeBakey High School for Health Professions. The legendary heart surgeon, who passed away Friday night at 99, not only helped open the high...

2008-07-14 12:01:01

By The Dallas Morning News Jul. 13--Michael DeBakey, the father of modern cardiovascular surgery who invented scores of medical procedures and instruments, developed the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and established what later became the Veterans Administration hospital system, died Friday. He was 99. Dr. DeBakey died at The Methodist Hospital in Houston of natural causes, according to a statement issued early Saturday by the hospital and Baylor. "His legacy is holding the fragile...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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