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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

The Houston Methodist Scholars Program, generously funded in part through The Cullen Foundation and Occidental Petroleum Corporation, is a unique community service and medical education program that allows specialty-care physician fellows and residents to conduct a portion of their clinical rotations in community clinics for underserved patients. Pedro Mendoza, 64, has no insurance, no steady income and a menu of health problems. But today, as he sits in a small examining room at the Legacy Community Health Services Clinic in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood, he is ecstatic. Houston Methodist physicians have just told him he doesn’t need dialysis. Dr. Wadi Suki walks into the room and extends his hand to the patient. “He just wants to say thank you so much,” says Mendoza’s son, Pete Mendoza Jr., who translates for his Spanish-speaking father. They traveled two and a half hours from his father’s home in Vidor, Texas, to make today’s appointment. “Before, his kidney function was at 10 percent,” the son says. “We’d already been making plans to go to dialysis places.” A physician for more than five decades and a nationally renowned nephrologist, Dr. Suki and his team of Houston Methodist nephrology fellows ordered Mendoza to stop a steady stream of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and several other over-the-counter medications), and his kidney function began to improve immediately. He no longer needed dialysis – at least for now. Father and son left the clinic with hope in their hearts. Occidental Petroleum Corporation, headquartered in Houston, made a $4 million commitment to Houston Methodist in late 2014. The generous gift and new partnership will continue to expand the Houston Methodist Scholars Program, which will double in size to six specialty health care areas in 2015. Occidental has a long history of giving back to the communities where their employees live. Their commitment to the Houston community means a solid future for the Houston Methodist Scholars program and continued outstanding medical care for the uninsured and underserved patients in the community clinics throughout our area. healing & hope the for ddeenrsuv making it posible houstonmethodist.org/foundation 23


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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