Texas Trauma Institute Renamed After Late HEMS Pioneer

By Amy Kluber | May 10, 2016

Memorial Hermann Health System has renamed the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute to Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute in honor of the late James H. "Red" Duke, who founded the organization's Life Flight trauma care. The unit, which was Texas' first and the U.S.'s second life-saving air ambulance service, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in August. Duke served as its medical director since its founding in 1976 until his death in August 2015 at the age of 86. "Renaming our trauma program in honor of Dr. Duke is a testament of our appreciation for the man who revolutionized trauma care," said Craig Cordola, SVP and regional president for the Central/West Region for Memorial Hermann.

Photo courtesy of UTHealth / Memorial Hermann

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