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Praise and Worship

Huntsville has diverse places to worship for all denominations and religious preferences. Like Huntsville, the histories of many of the churches have roots that date back many years and are still making history.

Reverend Z.N. Morrell organized the Huntsville Baptist Church in 1844 with eight members. As one of the oldest Baptist churches in Texas, it is known today as First Baptist Church.
The First Presbyterian Church was organized on the “last Sabbath of June, 1848,” by the Presbytery of the Brazos, with the Reverend Peter H. Fullenwider presiding as moderator. First Presbyterian Church Huntsville became the fifth Presbyterian Church in Texas.

First United Methodist Church also dates back to the early 1800s. In fact, two historical markers are located on the church grounds. It has beautiful stained glass windows and a pipe organ that was presented to the church in 1913.

A list of the churches that are members of the Chamber can be found in the Business Directory of this publication.

Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH)

You know it as your hometown hospital. And that’s exactly what it is – a nearby, helpful resource you can rely on. But there’s actually more to Huntsville Memorial than that – a lot more than you may realize. For example, they’ve formed an affiliation with Memorial Hermann, which shows the high quality of health care they provide for their patients. They are also working with the medical staff to reinvent their hospital processes and create an advanced new patient-centered system. In short, they are more innovative and sophisticated than you knew, but still just as neighborly as you remember.

Huntsville Memorial’s commitment to charitable care goes back to the 1927 hospital charter, promising “benevolent and charitable” services for the “sick, infirm, and afflicted.” In fiscal year 2008 alone, they kept the promise by giving $4.5 million worth of care to the needy at no cost or at reduced fees. They also provided $9.5 million in Medicare and Medicaid services that were not reimbursed by the government.

HMH continues to build on its legacy by actively recruiting new physician specialties to expand the outstanding care available. Over the past year, Huntsville Memorial recruited 13 new physicians, including highly trained specialists whose expertise helped to expand the hospital’s capabilities. They are proud to report that 99 percent of the physicians on their medical staff are board-certified specialists or board eligible specialists, many of them graduates of prestigious medical schools and universities.
In addition, the patient services provided continue to grow. In early 2009, HMH announced the new C.A.R.E. program, a new way to face up to alcohol or drug addiction. C.A.R.E. is a voluntary, outpatient program for adults 18 or older. Patients attend three-hour counseling sessions three evenings a week as they work on a fresh start.

n 2009, the hospital also began work on its image by rolling out its new brand and advertising campaign developed to communicate the new services and changes HMH has implemented to better serve the surrounding community. The advertising campaign features hospital CEO Sally Nelson in various local settings, informing the community about various aspects of the hospital’s resources and services.

Huntsville Memorial Hospital and this community are working together to build a healthier tomorrow. At HMH the continued focus is to provide up-to-the-minute service with a caring and down-to-earth approach.

H.E.A.R.T.S.

The HEARTS Veterans Museum (Helping Every American Remember Through Serving) of Texas is a museum of living history complete with genuine military artifacts and memorabilia donated or loaned by veterans. When it began, it was only a handful of traveling displays and some American veterans willing to tell their stories. Today, the museum has grown into the community’s source of patriotic heritage.

Its primary function is to educate and inspire both children and adults through firsthand accounts of the supreme sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms. H.E.A.R.T.S. educates hundreds of school students each year from elementary to college. Field trips are frequent, but H.E.A.R.T.S. volunteers provide the same education to anyone passing through the door. The educators are Veterans themselves.

The veterans represent every branch of service and are survivors of some of the most famous conflicts in history, including Iwo Jima, Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, and Danang. Some veterans relate other aspects of military life from medics and chaplains to truck drivers and cooks, etc.

The museum is currently located in West Hill Mall but will be moving to its new 15,000-square-foot facility in late fall, 2009. It will then be located next to the Veterans Conference Center. (936) 295-5959 / info@heartsmuseum.com / www.heartsmuseum.com.

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