Methodist Hospital

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Binti Lee Will Never Speak the Same After a Houston Hospital Misdiagnosed Her Stroke

    The words were gone. She had no memory of falling. Binti Lee's boyfriend, Andre Brown, then 30, was in the other room when he heard the thump, a dull, heavy sound -- like a lead weight hitting the floor. Brown walked into the living room and saw Lee, then 34, slumped on her right side, wedged betwee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Former President Bush Still in Hospital

    George H.W. Bush is still being treated for bronchitis at Methodist Hospital, negating doctors' predictions that he was to be released last weekend, the Associated Press reports. "There is no timeline at the moment for his release," according to the report. Methodist Spokesman George Kovacik told t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Doctor: Former President Bush Doing Well After Bronchitis, Will Leave Hospital Soon

    Former President George H.W. Bush is in Methodist Hospital for bronchitis, his chief of staff has told the Houston Chronicle. Jean Becker says the 88-year-old Bush was hospitalized seven days ago, but doctors have said his condition is not life-threatening. He is expected to be released this weeken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Freakish Practice Injury Nearly Kills Houston Cougars' D.J. Hayden

    Football is a violent, dangerous sport. But when watching a running back break free of the line of scrimmage and bust into the open and sprint 40 yards for a touchdown, the violence and danger can be forgotten. The perfect spiral into the outstretched arms of a receiver sprinting down the sideline b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Houston Babylon: Dean Goss, Houston's Jackie Gleason, Houston's Bluebeard, or Both?

    Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Mario Gallegos' Final Words: "Fuck Vouchers"

    You can say whatever you want about State Senator Mario Gallegos -- and there was plenty, good or bad, to say about him -- but the man apparently knew how to make an exit. As he was on his deathbed, he had one message left for his final words: "Fuck vouchers." Policy Man!! The "fuck vouchers" quo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    State Senator Mario Gallegos Hospitalized In "Grave Condition" (UPDATED: He's Died)

    State Senator Mario Gallegos, a member of the legislature for two decades and a thorn in the side of the Houston school district for much of that time, is gravely ill, a spokesperson says. Gallegos, 62, is hospitalized in Houston. "Senator Gallegos' family is at his side during this difficult time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    The Hair Balls Super Bowl Live Blog: Remember To Piss

    In some alternate universe, the streets of Houston are currently bathed in Miller Lite, Reliant Stadium and every bar in town is a watch party, with even the homeless folks are wearing soiled Texans jerseys. But alas, our Houston Texans only made it into the second round of the playoffs, and here we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    5 Ways the Super Bowl Can Kill or Maim You (Or Your Dog!), According to Experts

    Earlier this week we brought you the solemn warning from Methodist Hospital, urging people to remember to pee during the Super Bowl. If you don't, an expert said, you might end up in the ER with a catheter inserted into places you'd rather not have such things inserted. But that is not the only wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Remembering to Pee During the Super Bowl

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Remember to Pee During the Super Bowl, Methodist Hospital Somehow Warns

    Methodist Hospital has put out a list of warnings for what to do to stay healthy during the Super Bowl. Don't drink and drive is one, of course. Also: People, please remember to pee. "During most sporting events people will get up and use the restroom during the commercials and not have any probl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    The Health Department posted reports on only about 50 places in the past week, and not one of those places got stuck with a citation or closure. Reminds us of when Kelly Kapowski's dad got laid off from his job at a defense contractor because world peace broke out (it didn't make much sense at the t ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011
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    September 22, 2011

    Dinesh Shah on Trial Again: Assault Victim on Stand, Says Shah Controlled Mind, Beat Him, and Blew Him

    Friends with benefits​Dinesh Kumar Shah, the violent con-man featured in two Houston Press cover stories from this summer, is currently on trial again. This time around, he's in criminal court answering to allegations that he assaulted a former dancer for the Houston Ballet. Today that dancer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Shantel Moore and Friends: Scammed Cancer Patients and Spent It on Maserati & Gucci

    Ill-gotten gains.​If you have a mind sick enough to rip off desperately ill people, you probably think to yourself, "Cancer patients -- hey, they may die soon, so what'll they care?'' Houston police say Shantel Moore, 29, apparently had that kind of coldhearted and inhumane logic. The Staffor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Dynamo Charities Cup

    A little soccer, a little doing good - not a bad afternoon

  • News

    April 30, 2009

    You Want A Piece of Me? Let's Make A Deal

    Kidney donation needs drive some complex trading maneuvers.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Doctor Wants To Defuse The Texas Time Bomb Of Kidney Disease

    People usually don't realize they have kidney disease until it's too late. High blood pressure or diabetes may go untreated for years, and by the time symptoms like nausea and fatigue show up -- and these are often misconstrued as the flu -- both kidneys are already damaged beyond repair. Dr. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Methodist Hospital Gets Hit For Medicaid Fraud

    Usually when the Justice Department announces the settlement of a Medicaid-fraud case, it's a small-time operation dealing with wheelchairs or even adult diapers.Not today.Today they've nabbed a nearly-$10 million settlement out of Methodist Hospital here for defrauding the federal program.The US At ... More >>

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Is Harris County Jail the Place for A Mentally Troubled Teen?

    Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Ike Getting No Respect When It Comes To Baby Names

    What's a storm gotta do to make someone name their kid after it? A lot more than Ike did, apparently. "We did have several babies born over the weekend (I want to say about 6 or 7), but I don't believe any were given that name," Gale Smith, spokeswoman for the Methodist Hospital System, tells Hair ... More >>

  • News

    May 8, 2008

    Mental Anguish at Texas West Oaks Hospital

    Go to this private psychiatric facility, and you might be helped. Or you might be shut in a room all alone and end up like Amanda, with a broken arm. Or dead.

  • News

    May 11, 2006

    Diary of a Mad Man

    Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Who Cares?

    Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.

  • News

    March 24, 2005

    Glory Days

    The return of the male strippers

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Ground Zero

    Houston's been the No. 1 city in America in the obesity crisis. But hype doesn't mean help.

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2003
  • Culture

    September 18, 2003

    The Good, the Bad and the Humidity

    Eleven artists work up a show about Houston past and present

  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Blessed and Bewildered

    Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes

  • News

    April 3, 2003

    Critical Condition

    Expect the Iraq war to worsen the Medical Center's reduction in Arab patients

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Dumped On

    Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Tuesday Night Music Club

    Racket takes his judging skills to Paesanos Lounge

  • News

    October 11, 2001


    Consuming Hate, Best and the Rest, Percentile Envy

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Wrong Call?

    A CPS worker says the agency erred by ignoring an earlier report on Andrea Yates

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    In Arms' Way

    Phil Arms once saved Ron Garner from a life of sin. Garner tried to return the favor when confronted with evidence of the preacher's drug use. But Arms viewed it as just a Judas kiss.

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    School Scam?

    Did a teacher fabricate a student assault to collect disability?

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Heal Thyself

    Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Falling in Love

    Barnett Garrison had a way with women. And women had their way with Barnett Garrison.

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    August 21, 1997
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    September 19, 1996
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    May 30, 1996

    On the Ropes

    In 1966, Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship. In 1996, he fights just to get by.

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    April 25, 1996
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    July 20, 1995
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    November 17, 1994

    Life of a Poet

    Vassar Miller is broke, hospitalized and facing an uncertain future. Doesn't one of Texas' most esteemed writers deserve better?

  • News

    April 21, 1994

    Still Lives

    The muse for hire at $8.50 an hour: unveiling the naked truths of Houston's art models