Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the dedication of a new nursing excellence suite that will be named in honor of Dr. Lois J. Moore. The suite, which is located on the second floor of Texas Children’s Abercrombie Building, will feature a commemorative plaque that celebrates the legacy of Dr. Moore and her lifelong commitment to public service, health equity and the pursuit of excellence.
Dr. Moore began her career at what is now Harris Health System in 1957. As a registered nurse, she worked in an emergency room at a Houston hospital, providing exceptional and compassionate care to patients. Eventually, she rose up the ranks to become president and CEO of Harris Health System in 1989. Dr. Moore made history by becoming both the first African American and the first female administrator of a major public health care system in the Texas Medical Center.
As CEO, she implemented innovative medical care programs for the homeless, recognizing the unique healthcare needs of this vulnerable population. She also introduced school-based clinics, ensuring that children have access to healthcare services conveniently located within their schools. She left as CEO in 1999 but continued working in healthcare, serving as CEO of the Harris County Psychiatric Hospital. Since then, Dr. Moore has retired, but she remains active in the community and continues serving in numerous healthcare and minority-advocacy organizations.