Message from Our Chair
Serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced in the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Our faculty are serving as a safety net for the entire community, and we need your help. One of our most pressing needs is simply to provide a meal to our team – $50 could contribute a team meal. Additionally, we are providing emergency telemedicine, participating in COVID-19 research trials, and developing a database to track availability of resources to ensure EMS providers bring patients to the best-equipped facilities.Donors like you make a true difference in the lives of researchers, students, patients, and caregivers by helping the Department of Emergency Medicine address current needs and prepare for future health challenges. Your gifts provide flexible funding that can be used at a moment’s notice to support promising projects related to COVID-19 as well as ongoing research, education, and patient care.
Our emergency medicine faculty are serving at hospitals, as EMS providers, with Memorial Hermann Life Flight, and in so many other ways. They also are working across institutions to address surge capacity and find ways to house more patients. They join with emergency medical personnel around the world in demonstrating ingenuity such as has never been demonstrated before in our field. They are emergency medical soldiers fighting a war against disease and trying to save lives, often without proper armor in the form of personal protective equipment.
In addition to addressing COVID-19, these experts are attentive to everyday emergencies – such as accidents, stroke, and heart disease – which do not stop in the midst of a pandemic. And, of course, they continue their innovative research efforts and education of tomorrow’s emergency medicine leaders. To meet all these needs – especially those related to COVID-19 – every available emergency medicine specialist is needed at this time.
Thank you for caring for these dedicated, selfless heroes and the communities they serve. They deserve our support. With your help, the Department of Emergency Medicine will continue fighting COVID-19 and offering life-saving care, world-class education, and groundbreaking research. Together, emergency medicine will witness, in the words of Winston Churchill, its “finest hour.”
Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine