Pasadena, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017 – Norman Regional Health System sent a group from Norman Regional Hospital to Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center, Friday, Sept. 1 to cook 2,000 meals for employees affected by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. In 2013, Moore Medical Center in Norman, Oklahoma, was hit by a category EF-5 tornado and many rushed to their aid from Texas including a group from Houston that provided food for them for five days while the hospital stabilized. This allowed them to care for their community quickly as they rebuilt their hospital as Norman Regional Medical Health System.
Shane Cohea, Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness, for Norman Regional Health System in Norman, Oklahoma, lead this group who came to Houston to pay it forward. They put their plans on social media and within eight hours hundreds of dollars of donations poured in. Shortly, they had two thousand meals ready to cook and more individuals in Oklahoma willing to donate. As they looked for transportation, the team contacted their hospital CEO asking to use the new hospital security vehicle. The CEO readily agreed as they began their drive through the night Thursday and ended up at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.
Todd Caliva, CEO Clear Lake Regional Medical Center called Jeanna Bamburg, CEO Bayshore Medical Center at 8:15 a.m. Friday and said he didn’t need the help but asked if Bayshore Medical Center and East Houston Regional Medical Center would like to have them come and cook. Bamburg immediately said, “YES!”
Shane also brought disaster totes for the hospital’s Emergency Operations Committee. One of the crew members from Norman, Eric Faucett showed some support while still being competitive, “We wanted to pay it forward and give your team some motivation. We love Texas but once football season starts, it’s on!”