2018 SETRAC First Responder and Hospital Awards

(Houston, Texas) – Multiple area hospitals and first responders received awards on April 17, 2018, at the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet attended by hundreds of healthcare providers and leaders at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

“SETRAC plays an instrumental role coordinating our trauma and emergency system of care across nine counties by uniting all providers as one team,” said SETRAC Chief Executive Officer Darrell Pile. “The audience was representative of the “team” that spans across Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.”

Multiple attributes were described as a series of awards were announced by a variety of board members and prominent area leaders including Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Dr. David Persse, Dr. James McCarthy, Dr. Sean Savitz, Dr. S. Rob Todd, Mr. Tom Flanagan, DPS Chief Nim Kidd, Chief Sean Conley, Mr. Ron Dille, and Mr. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.

The award categories and winners included:

Chairman’s Awards (3) – Dr. Kenneth Mattox, SETRAC board chairman presented three awards:

Buc-ee’s of Katy, Texas received a Chairman’s Award for having served as a refuge for first responders whose vehicles and themselves were in peril due to waters rising across I-10. Hundreds of responders arriving from across Texas spent the night and were provided food and fuel.  The store’s Grand Opening was to occur when Harvey hit. The Buc-ee’s team came to the call!

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale received a Chairman’s Award for his selfless actions to open his furniture store to provide shelter and food for individuals forced to evacuate due to rising flood waters.  A video from President Trump recognizing Mattress Mack was displayed. Jim McIngvale proudly accepted the award and displayed the World Series Ring recently awarded to him by the Houston Astros.

J.J. Watt received a Chairman’s Award for his incredible work raising funds and forming a foundation to help with Harvey recovery actions.  Within a short period of time, it was noted that J.J. had raised an initial $37 million and that both additional funding and other resources continue to support our recovery efforts.  A video of J.J. Watt thanking SETRAC was shown since he was out of town. Two representatives from Americares, one of four major charities selected by J.J.’s Foundation for funding, received the award as couriers for J.J.

Trauma System of Care Award:

Texas Children’s Hospital

Ben Taub Hospital

Bayshore Medical Center

Cardiac System of Care Award:

Kingwood Medical Center

Houston Methodist West Hospital

Stroke System of Care Award:

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

Huntsville Memorial Hospital

EMS Partner of the Year Award:

Baytown Fire Department

Community Partner of the Year Award:

Texas Emergency Care Center – the facility remained open throughout Hurricane Harvey since residents and EMS agencies could not reach area hospitals.  Medical care, food, and other services were provided by this freestanding emergency facility in Atascocita.

Multi-Agency/Major Emergency Team Award:

During Harvey, an individual’s life was saved through unique teamwork by Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, Memorial Hermann TMC, Dr. Erik Askenasy, U.S. Coast Guard, Houston Fire Department, and the Houston Police Department.

In advance of Harvey’s landfall and throughout the storm, the HCA Gulf Coast Division activated an HCA Command Center that worked in tandem with SETRAC and met needs of the HCA system of hospitals.

Citizen Heroes of the Year Awards (3):

A citizen in Cy-Fair saved a life by retrieving an AED machine from a locked school and providing electric shocks to a heart attack victim on a nearby little league field.

A citizen hero at a church in the Channelview area insisted that his church purchase an AED machine. Months later, his friend collapsed at a church event and the hero used the AED to save the life.

Two citizen hero’s driving home from work noticed a car on fire. Together the two small-sized women pulled a large man to safety before the car became fully engulfed in flames.

Chief Executive Officer Awards – CEO Darrell Pile recognized three individuals for work and achievements that far exceeded expectations and brought terrific benefits to our region.

SETRAC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on grant funding from the Department of State Health Services.  The Awards Banquet is held biennially as a “time out” to address incredible levels of performance.