2018 PDC Summit

2260 - Avoiding Disaster: The Texas Medical Center Story

Mar 28, 2018 7:00am ‐ Mar 28, 2018 8:15am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $75.00
Members: $45.00


When Tropical Storm Allison hit the medical center in 2001 it caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to these facilities. Through careful planning, design, and construction, area hospitals invested in a system that was put to the test on August 24, 2017, when Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall, causing more than $100 billion in damages to southwestern Texas. Even after more than 40 inches of rain, these hospitals were able to maintain operations and care for patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the impacts of Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Harvey on Texas Medical Center.
  • Describe the process that ensued after Tropical Storm Allison to ensure damages would be limited to future events.
  • Describe the mitigation techniques used and the goals of the program in developing the flood mitigation network at Texas Medical Center.
  • Discuss the value the system has on the community‚Äôs confidence and the commitment of the healthcare providers.


  • Terry Scott, MBA CHFM CHSP SASHE, System Director Engineering, Memorial Hermann Northwest/Southwest Hospitals
  • Bert Gumeringer, CHFM,FASHE, Asst. Vice President- Facilities Operations, Texas Children's Hospital
  • Michael Hatton, MBA, CHFM, RPA, SMA, SASHE, System Executive, Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Tim Peglow, PE, SASHE, Associate Vice President Patient Care and Prevention Facilities, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center;


Credits: None available.

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Richard Whitaker
3/29/18 12:41 pm

Very good