February 15, 2005
Houston Area Rotary Clubs to be Honored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, East End Healthy Children’s Collaborative and Bank of America at Centennial Breakfast
Who: Houston Area Rotary Clubs, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Bank of America and the East End Healthy Children’s Collaborative
What: Rotary Clubs of Houston Centennial Birthday Breakfast and unveiling of newly redesigned mobile clinic. (Rotary is 100 years old on Feb. 23)
Where: El Centro – Eastwood Clinic Location, (713) 926-6229 4500 Polk Street, Houston, Texas 77023
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Time: 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Host: St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities and the East End Healthy Children’s Collaborative
Photo Op: Rob Mosbacher, Jr., president of Mosbacher Energy, and Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia with community leaders
Background: The East End Healthy Children’s Collaborative (EEHCC) is a partnership of agencies formed in 1999 to improve the well being of children living in Houston’s historic East End. The EEHCC provides health care, community-based services and funding to help low-income families and children in the predominantly Hispanic population. A majority of the area’s 16,000 children live at 200 percent below the poverty level and are uninsured.
The Houston Area Rotary Clubs have played an important role in helping the EEHCC achieve its goals, along with the financial support of Bank of America. Together with St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, the Rotary Clubs sponsor the Espiritu de Salud Mobile Unit, a mobile medical clinic that provides primary care, mental health services and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) application assistance. In the summer, Rotary Clubs sponsored back-to-school immunization clinics that administered 1,966 vaccines to school-age children. The Clubs also furnished the pediatric room of El Centro de Corazon, which provides case management, parent education and early childhood development services in the East End.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System comprises the flagship St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; St. Luke’s Community Medical Center-The Woodlands, opened in 2003; St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, the largest charity in Houston devoted to health; and Kelsey-Seybold Management, LLP, overseeing 21 area clinic locations. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart Institute, founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD., and consistently ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. St. Luke’s was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and the Health System has been recognized by FORTUNE as among “100 Best Companies to Work For” (2002, 2004, 2005) and by the Houston Business Journal as the top healthcare employer in Houston for three consecutive years.