Cornerstone Sponsors

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Health Industries Group is a leading advisor to public and private organizations across the health industries, including healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, health and life sciences, payers, employers, academic institutions and non-health organizations with significant presence in the health market. To learn more, please visit: www.pwc.com/us/healthindustries

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GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For more information visit our website www.gehealthcare.com

Institutional Sponsors 


Bank of America Merrill Lynch Healthcare Banking is committed to supporting healthcare providers through customized financial strategies and innovative solutions.

With over 30 years of industry experience, 16,000 clients and $38 billion in total commitments to the Healthcare Industry, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the largest providers of financial services to this important sector.  Our expansive global footprint includes more than 100 healthcare bankers and product specialists across the United States and Europe who connect payers, providers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and distributors to more than 140 currencies in more than 190 countries and 50 territories.

Clients value our experience in their industries as well as our ability to provide a complete range of financial products and services. With a clear understanding of market dynamics, Bank of America Merrill Lynch brings a refined focus to clients’ specific needs, seamlessly delivering an unrivaled range of services, including: advisory, capital raising, treasury management, retirement, and financial wellness solutions for hospitals and healthcare providers.

Examples of our healthcare industry support include the following:

  • Offering regular webcasts and whitepapers on industry hot topics.
  • Supporting the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) and the Medical World Americas (MWA) conference.
  • Serving on key healthcare payment initiatives including CAQH Core and the NACHA Healthcare Payments Task Force.
  • Sharing key findings from our healthcare research analysts.

Whether you need to manage new regulations or shifts in the financial markets, we can help you prepare and pursue strategies to help you succeed in a rapidly-changing landscape.  Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a powerful ally to healthcare providers of every size.

To learn more, please contact your Bank of America Merrill Lynch Houston coverage banker Santiago Caraballo (713.247.7502; santiago.caraballo@baml.com) or visit bankofamerica.com/healthcare.



We understand the business of healthcare, and the challenges physicians face in today’s competitive and highly regulated environment. At the Bank of River Oaks, our healthcare team specializes in professional banking for doctors and commercial banking for physician clinics and groups.

  • Practice financing for equipment purchases and leases
  • Receivable based lines of credit
  • Construction/mortgage loan products for medical office buildings and clinical facilities
  • Lockbox/remittance banking operation that is local and HIPPA compliant
  • Treasury management services designed for our healthcare clients

We quite simply are the “best medicine” for your banking relationship.



Community Health Choice is a local, non-profit health plan, offering Children’s Medicaid (STAR) and CHIP programs. We also offer plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Community has a network of 10,000 doctors and 77 hospitals.

Our Care Management team offers: Childbirth classes, Health education, and Programs for asthma, diabetes and high-risk pregnancy. www.communitycares.com.


HCPHES provides public health assessment, policy development and assurance activities for the residents of Harris County, Texas. These activities represent the core functions of public health. For a majority of services, the jurisdiction of HCPHES includes the unincorporated areas of Harris County and over 30 municipalities located within the county. Together, this area represents a combined total population of approximately 2.06 million residents. In addition, for some services, such as mosquito control and refugee health screening, HCPHES’s jurisdiction includes all 4.09 million residents of Harris County, including the City of Houston. www.hcphes.org


Higginbotham serves as a Single Source for insurance, risk management and financial services by providing access to commercial and personal property/casualty coverage, employee benefits, retirement plans, life insurance and executive compensation through broad market representation. We also deliver risk management and benefit plan administration solutions.

Higginbotham is comprised of offices and subsidiaries located across Texas—all offering the same Single Source solutions that differentiate Higginbotham. Each operates as a Higginbotham company and has complete insurance, risk management and financial service capabilities, strong footholds in their local markets and excellent reputations for personal service. Together, we form one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the U.S. and the second largest in Texas.


The Houston Health Department provides traditional public health services and seeks to use innovative methods to meet the community’s present and future needs. Our mission is to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of all Houstonians. HHD is now the first health department in Texas and the second in a large U.S. city to earn national accreditation. www.houstontx.gov/health/

Nonprofit Houston Hospice was founded in 1980 and has grown from an alternative, grass roots concept to a leader in hospice care for people of all ages and walks of life. Care is provided to patients and families in private homes and in residential facilities throughout Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Jackson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton Counties. Inpatient care is provided through the Margaret Cullen Marshall Hospice Care Center located in the Texas Medical Center. www.houstonhospice.org


At Houston Methodist, we offer a wide array of services and locations to meet you and your family’s health care needs. Whether you are looking for a primary care doctor or need help managing a chronic health condition, Houston Methodist is here for you. www.houstonmethodist.org

Established in 1987, LifeGift is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that offers hope to individuals needing transplants in Southeast, North and West Texas. A founding member of Donate Life Texas, the organization that runs the organ, eye and tissue donor registry, LifeGift services 10 transplant centers and 200 donor hospitals. It is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). www.lifegift.org


At Memorial Hermann, we’re all about advancing health. Yours.  It begins by redefining healthcare. That means bringing together all aspects of the health system – care delivery, physicians and health solutions to create a truly integrated health system.  Our 5,500 affiliated physicians and 24,000employees practice evidence-based medicine with a relentless focus on quality and patient safety. Our efforts continue to result in national awards and recognition, including being ranked one of the nation’s Top 5 large health systems by Truven Health for patient safety and quality. www.memorialhermann.org


Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a Home away from Home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions. Ronald McDonald House Houston offers an affordable and comfortable place to stay where families have the chance to take their mind off their stress so they can be most helpful and supportive to their child and the other siblings. A nap, snack, hot meal, shower or even a chance to talk with another mom and dad is restorative and nurturing during an anxious time. www.rmhhouston.org

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Texas Children’s Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education and research. We are proud to be consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation. www.texaschildrens.org

The TMC Library is one of the 56 institutions that make up the Texas Medical Center. Unique to medical and research libraries across the country, the TMC Library is a private, stand-alone and not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization independent from any university or research institution. Approximately 65,000 visitors walk through the Library doors annually. https://library.tmc.edu/


The mission of the Texas A&M Health Science Center is to improve human health and quality of life across the state, around the nation, and throughout the world by achieving excellence in education, discovery, clinical care and health promotion.

A culture of excellence must be continually nurtured. At TAMHSC, this culture of excellence arose through efforts of tenacious faculty, staff, and students who, together, strive to always improve our institution. We must continue to create and foster a culture of excellence that will build upon existing foundational strengths, develop novel initiatives with transformative impact, and serve as the driving force for our decisions and strategic goals.  http://tamhsc.edu/



The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. www.mdanderson.org


Established in 1891 as the University of Texas Medical Department, UTMB has grown from one building, 23 students and 13 faculty members to a modern health science center with campuses in Galveston, League City and Angleton, more than 3,200 students and about 900 faculty.

UTMB includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Biomedical Sciences; three institutes for advanced study; a major medical library; a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care; and numerous research facilities. UTMB is a part of The University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Centerwww.utmb.edu


Premier Sponsor

Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. It represents 11 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller. With more than 1,200 member organizations, the Partnership represents approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce. Visit the Partnership at houston.org.


The Emirates story started in 1985 when we launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, we fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering our customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.

We inspire travelers around the world with our growing network of worldwide destinations, industry leading inflight entertainment, regionally inspired cuisine, and world-class service. Read on to find out more. www.emirates.com


Contributing Sponsors


We have an unparalleled ability to connect people, insights, science and technology to think beyond
today, solve problems, and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration empowers us to discover and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable our customers to protect  and improve the health of people around the world. Reducing complexity, reinventing delivery—focus on what’s most
important. www.3m.com/3M/en_US/health-care-us/


Arthrex is global medical device company and leader in new product development and medical
education in orthopedics. With a corporate mission of helping surgeons treat their patients better, Arthrex has pioneered the field of arthroscopy and developed more than 8,500 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopedics worldwide.  www.arthrex.com


One of the world’s leading manufacturers of cardio- and endovascular medical devices, BIOTRONIK is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and represented in over 100 countries. Several million patients have received BIOTRONIK implants designed to save lives and improve quality of life. www.biotronik.com


Founded in 1945, Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities
around the world. Cardno’s team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. With more than 150 offices in the Americas and more than
200 offices worldwide, Cardno provides clients with access to more than 6,500 professionals with the diverse knowledge that allows us to provide innovative and sustainable solutions that deliver lasting value.

FKP Architects delivers more than architecture for health, research and education. Our passionate experts, committed professionals and innovative designers engage our promise to Experience Possibility® across all services of strategy, planning, architecture, interiors and equipment. FKP clients are top-tier pediatric healthcare institutions, community and academic medical campuses, and life science and higher education institutions. For more information, visit www.fkp.com.

Coleman College

Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.

The Health Sciences Center of Excellence is a leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Degrees and certification programs in over 20 fastest-growing careers in medicine are offered and the school’s outstanding faculty are acknowledged by their peers for leadership and vision including: nursing, patient care services and therapeutic services. The Center also supports professional licensing continuing education training requirements for incumbent health care professionals. www.hccs.edu/centers-of-excellence/health-sciences


Houston Medical Journal is the leading source for healthcare business news in the Houston metropolitan area. With the healthcare industry ever changing, Houston Medical Journal is your sole source to see how these changes will affect the local health care climate. Backed by leading editorial coverage, MJH features relevant information regarding all of the various aspects of healthcare. From late breaking news to monthly columns written by experts, Houston Medical Journal is the resource of choice for staying abreast of healthcare news in Houston. www.mjhnews.com


Hoar Construction is a values driven company and is widely recognized as a national leader in healthcare construction and construction management. Hoar is changing the industry and producing benefits for clients with its innovative use of new technology. We build relationships and buildings for the future. www.hoar.com

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At Steelcase Health we work with leading healthcare organizations to create safe and efficient spaces that deliver greater connection, empathy and wellbeing for everyone involved in the experience of health.

McCoy-Rockford believes great work deserves its place, and there is no greater work than health and healing. Together with Steelcase’s products and research, our experience and reputation enable us to create spaces that promote wellness while supporting the work of Texas healthcare providers.


JobMedic is the definitive job search and career development destination for healthcare professionals. We help you find amazing jobs and advance your career with free career guides, industry news, and events. www.jobmedic.com

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Walter P Moore is an international company of engineers, innovators, and creative people who solve some of the world’s most complex structural and infrastructure challenges. Providing structural, diagnostics, civil, traffic, transportation, and parking engineering services, we engineer solutions that are resource-efficient, forward-thinking, and help shape our communities. www.walterpmoore.com


WHR Architects’, the healthcare practice of EYP Inc., is the firm of choice for the Texas Medical Center and is responsible for the design of over 11 million square feet of progressive healthcare space. Ranked the #1 in healthcare renovation by Health Facilities Management’s Construction Quarterly, WHR’s holistic approach and design leadership add value to technically complex projects with multiple stakeholders, user groups, and decision makers. www.whrarchitects.com