Memorial Hermann Life Flight made its first flight on August 1, 1976. Led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. James "Red" Duke, the program was only the second of its kind in the nation. Fire Chief L. O. "Whitey" Martin, who was in charge of Houston's newly-founded EMS services, approached Duke, who was in charge trauma services at Hermann Hospital, about the possibility of a civilian air ambulance program. The idea stuck. Since its inaugural flight, the crew and fleet of Life Flight have undergone many changes, but their goal remains the same.
On October 23, 2013, Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute produced a live twittercast of ACL surgery. Dr. Walt Lowe, head team physician for the Houston Rockets and Houston Texans, performed the patellar tendon reconstruction. Watch videos from the live tweet, see the live Q&A with physicians and watch tips from Russ Paine, PT on physical therapy after ACL reconstruction surgery. http://ironman.memorialhermann.org/twitter-acl/