Hermann Eye Fund
A vision for the future
The Hermann Eye Fund was created in 1968 as a tax-exempt foundation to help provide financial support for Hermann Hospital’s ophthalmic programs. At that time, Richard S, Ruiz, MD, FACS, was Chief of the Hospital’s Ophthalmology Service. In 1971, when The University of Texas Medical School at Houston was opened, Dr. Ruiz was named Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Hermann Hospital became the Medical School’s teaching hospital.
Subsequently, in 1977, Dr. Ruiz founded the Hermann Eye Center, one of the nation’s most comprehensive eye care facilities, which occupied the 7th floor of the Hospital’s Jones Pavilion until its move to the Memorial Hermann Plaza and was renamed the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic.
The laboratories and offices of The Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science are located on the 7th floor of the Medical School Building. The Hermann Eye Fund now serves the needs of The Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, as well as those of the Robert Cizik Eye Center.
Gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations help underwrite the teaching, research, indigent patient care, and public service activities of the Department and the Cizik Eye Center.
The Hermann Eye Fund maintains a library of current scientific and medical references, and purchases audiovisual materials and teaching aids for our residency program, as well as equipment for diagnosis, treatment, and research.
Visiting professors of ophthalmology are brought to the Medical School and the Cizik Eye Clinic through the resources of the Hermann Eye Fund, which also sponsors annually a one-month basic science course. This year’s Basic Science Course, taught in February, had 45 participants. They came to Houston from the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico.
The month-long course is for residents in training, is a refresher course for practitioners, and provides information about ophthalmology to allied health personnel. Lectures and lab sessions emphasize the application of basic scientific principles to clinical situations. Lecturers include physicians from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and from other programs nationwide. Each teacher is a recognized leader in his or her own particular specialty.
Perhaps the most public aspect of the Hermann Eye Fund is the care we provide for indigent patients. When patients are unable to pay for their ophthalmic treatment, Hermann Eye Center physicians contribute their professional knowledge and services and the Hermann Eye Fund pays for the patients’ hospital costs. This program of indigent patient care makes working partners of the Cizik the Hermann Eye Fund, and the donors whose contributions help make it possible for needy patients to receive treatment necessary to improve or preserve their vision.
Research is our hope for the future. At the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, this means basic laboratory and applied clinical research. New research projects are begun and completed continuously. The progression of certain diseases we see in patients daily reminds us acutely of our lack of knowledge and sends us in search of answers. The Hermann Eye Fund is a valuable resource for funding new projects, for completing current ones, for purchasing specialized equipment, and for funding research personnel.
You can see what a vital role the Hermann Eye Fund’s tax-free dollars play in the operation of the Hermann Eye Center. With fewer tax dollars available for medical research and education, with spiraling health care costs, Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks, and one out of every four people in this country without health insurance, the role of the Hermann Eye Fund is of increasing importance.
Your Gifts Make A Difference
We continue to need your help to realize the patient care, educational and research mission of the Cizik Eye Clinic. For the past 40 years, we have donated services and paid hospitalization for many who would have otherwise gone untreated. There are still many more suffering from eye diseases and conditions that need our help and we need your help to care for them.
Please consider a generous gift to the Hermann Eye Fund. Before you decide, please try to imagine a world totally, completely, always shrouded in darkness.
Tax-deductible gifts to the Hermann Eye Fund, a 501 (C) (3) Foundation, can be given in memory or honor of someone you love and will touch the lives of many.
To discuss your contribution or for more information about giving opportunities please contact Susan Meng in the Development Office, 713.559.5202.
The Robert Cizik Eye Clinic
6400 Fannin Street, 18th Floor
Houston, Texas 77030