TMA Hits $1 Million Milestone to Aid Harvey-Damaged Medical Practices

Nov. 20, 2017

Doctors’ Offices in Eighteen Cities Receive Funds to Rebuild

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The TMA Disaster Relief Program, set up to aid Texas physicians’ practices damaged by Hurricane Harvey, has reached the $1 million mark. A gift of $5,000 from the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation to the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Disaster Relief Campaign, tipped the total raised to over $1 million, fulfilling the campaign goal. Meanwhile, the program distributed its third round of funds to affected practices, surpassing the half-million dollar mark in assistance. The program distributes funds to physicians and medical practices that sustained Harvey-related damage not covered by insurance or other sources of assistance. 

“Reaching the $1 million mark is an affirmation of the commitment we made to support our fellow physicians in Texas, and to support the patients in their communities during what for many has been their greatest time of need,” said TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD. “I want to express my deepest gratitude towards all of the donors, from across the country and even abroad, who contributed to get these practices up and running again.”  

The TMA Disaster Relief Program, funded by TMAF and administered by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF), this week approved a new round of funding for damaged or destroyed medical practices. So far, TMA has allotted a total of $569,890 to 49 medical practices which employ 135 physicians and 1,048 non-physician staff. The practices are located in federally designated disaster areas including Baytown, Beaumont, Columbus, Dickinson, Friendswood, Houston, Humble, Kingwood, Nederland, Orange, Port Aransas, Port Arthur, Port Lavaca, Rockport, Spring, Sugar Land, Victoria, and Webster. In most cases, the practices suffered extensive water damage that required remodeling, repairs, relocation to temporary facilities, and replacement of equipment. A PBF committee chaired by TMA Immediate Past President Don R. Read, MD, of Dallas, reviews the applications monthly to determine assistance recipients based on need.

TMA’s philanthropic arm, TMAF, received donations from generous physicians, institutions, and other donors throughout Texas, the United States, and abroad. Major contributions were also made by national organizations like The Physicians Foundation, the American Medical Association (AMA), the AMA Foundation, and New York's Henry Schein Cares Foundation. State medical organizations like the Marshfield Clinic Health System in Wisconsin; the medical societies of California, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Rhode Island; and county organizations including the Harris County Medical Society Retired Physicians also contributed.  

“Our colleagues in the family of medicine have stepped up to help maintain access to healthcare in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey,” says Dr. Cardenas. “With their help, TMA can support the physicians and patients of Texas in their hour of need and be that pillar of strength in the face of adversity.”

Approximately two-thirds of physicians in disaster area counties told TMA they had to at least temporarily close their practice due to the massive storm. TMAF continues to accept contributions in hopes of helping each physician rebuild and care for patients again.

 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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November 20, 2017