What I Learned In Houston

I have many faults as a husband and father and it pains me to have to acknowledge that from time to time.  That being said, I suppose we all have our short-comings, right?  Maybe so, but I’m going through one of those phases currently and I don’t like it.

Sometimes I hear things, and I think I’m listening,  but what I’m hearing doesn’t imprint on my memory. Maybe it is because my mind is usually running several processes and even though I might look relaxed, I’m typically chewing on a few things mentally.  No excuse.

There were times in my life that “mental multi-tasking” served me well, but, not always. I recall how, in 1984, I was taught the importance of “staying in the moment,” by a guy I loved, the late Bill Bates.  It is a lesson I lose track of all too often.

So was the case when our youngest daughter was explaining to me a few months ago how big the hospital system is  where she was going to PA school.  I regretably, completely missed that boat.

On Wednesday of this past week, Megan took me for a brief, walking tour of Texas Medical Center, (TMC).

A few highlights:

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An aerial view of TMC. (That’s downtown Houston at the top of the photo)

  • TMC is the largest medical complex in the world.
  • 8 million patient visits a year
  • More heart surgeries than anywhere in the world (almost 14,000)
  • 180,000+  surgeries a year (1 begins every 3 minutes)
  • 750,000 ER visits/year
  • World’s largest Children’s Hospital
  • World’s largest Cancer Hospital (MD Anderson)
  • 8th largest business district in the US
  • It’s daytime population would rank it as the 42nd largest city in the US
  • Over 26,000 babies delivered each year (1 every 20 minutes)
  • 106,000 total employees
  • Over 50 million developed square feet with $3,000,000,000 in construction projects underway.   Unknown-1
  • Everything’s bigger in Texas?

To read the list is impressive. To see it and walk through the halls and among the buildings of healing is amazing and humbling.

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To realize your daughter is one of 40 students selected worldwide this year to receive their medical education here is beyond any words I can find, but to steal a phrase from a credit card commercial. . .  priceless.

Just call me awestruck, thankful and still trying to get it right.

PS.  Baylor College of Medicine   is not  related to Baylor University, which is located in Waco, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About A Simple Village Undertaker

I am just a simple, village undertaker back living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA who likes to share the view out of my window.
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9 Responses to What I Learned In Houston

  1. Kurt Harden says:

    Amazing. And congratulations to Megan.

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  2. you must be so proud…

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  3. Proud Dad, with a clever, dedicated daughter, and a great dog!

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  4. E. says:

    Rightly proud. She’s a winner. A fine pop you are too. E.

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  5. Impressive on all counts.

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