Harris Health’s newest resource for children – the Cleveland E. Odom Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center – opened its doors June 24.
Located a block away from LBJ Hospital in northeast Houston, McGovern Medical School faculty provide primary and specialty care to children up to age 18 in this new center, which is named in honor of Odom, who served for 17 years as vice president of general operations at Harris Health.
The grand opening was attended by members of Odom’s family, members of the Harris Health Board, the president and CEO of Harris Health System, the executive leadership team from LBJ Hospital, and physicians from McGovern Medical School.
Dr. Jose Garcia, chief of pediatrics at LBJ Hospital and professor and vice-chair of pediatrics at McGovern Medical School, summed up the importance of the new clinic in his welcoming remarks. “This is an opportunity to provide high-quality, evidence-based care while working in collaboration with our partners,” Garcia said.
The new health center has 16 dedicated rooms and is staffed by physicians and residents from McGovern Medical School and nurses from Harris Health System. The clinic is located a block away from LBJ Hospital in the northeast area of Houston. The goal of the clinic, Garcia said, is to provide outstanding care for more than 20,000 patient visits a year.
The medical clinic is just one of many examples of ongoing, patient-centric collaboration being championed at LBJ Hospital and the affiliated clinics.
This past April, an interprofessional team comprised of caregivers from multiple departments, including Nursery, Labor and Delivery, and Pediatrics, worked together to develop strategies to improve the communities health through breastfeeding. Their efforts warranted a poster presentation at the National Perinatal Association.
The Texas Department of Health Services awarded a distinguished certification for the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program for the staff scoring 99 percent on their evaluation rubric. Further, the Houston Health Department Immunization Bureau awarded the staff of the Bear Creek Pediatric and Adolescent Health Clinic, an affiliated clinic, for their efforts on ensuring Harris County children received all their appropriate immunizations.
“Our staff is doing an amazing job, but it is not about that. The work we are doing is not about our own recognition,” Garcia said. “It is about taking care of our most vulnerable patients.”
Not only is Odom’s legacy of service memorialized with the dedication of the new clinic, Garcia said, but the legacy of care provided by the clinicians and nurses to the mothers, babies, and children of Harris County is highlighted.
“For the nearly one-third of Houston babies born at LBJ and the affiliated clinics,” Garcia concluded, “our team is providing high-quality care and will continue to do so.”