Nora’s Home, Houston’s haven for organ failure and transplant patients receiving care in the Texas Medical Center, announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Matthew Girotto and John Michael Rose.
“We are eager to have Matthew Girotto and John Michael Rose as board members to provide a new perspective and strategy in helping move the mission of Nora’s Home forward,” said Nora’s Home Executive Director Natalie Raymer.
“We look forward to the contribution of their skills, energy and dedication as we continue to work toward providing affordable lodging and supportive services to those who travel to the Texas Medical Center for organ failure and transplant related care.”
Girotto serves as a senior vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in the Texas Medical Center and, among other things, is responsible for the TCH Department of Surgery. This includes perioperative services, surgical clinics, surgical physician services organization, transplant, trauma, departmental multimedia team, division and departmental administration and departmental research. Girotto has held a variety of positions since he joined TCH in August 2002.
Girotto follows the footsteps of his parents, Ron and Judy Girotto, honorees of the 2015 Nora’s Home Gala in their commitment to Nora’s Home; Ron Girotto helped Dr. Osama Gaber and his wife Lillian bring Nora’s Home to reality when Dr. Gaber first arrived in Houston.
Girotto added: “As an executive of Texas Children’s Hospital, I understand the logistics of the cost and stress for families who aren’t from Houston to travel to the Texas Medical Center for quality care. I want to help bring Nora’s Home to their attention and for Nora’s Home to be able to accommodate them.”
Rose is currently a partner of Locke Lord, LLP. Rose focuses his labor and employment practice on defending employers in litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) (single plaintiff cases and collective actions), Title VII/ADEA/ADA/OSHA & Section 1981 wrongful termination, retaliation and harassment lawsuits, OSHA retaliation matters, as well as representing employers in front of various federal, state and local employment-related agencies in Texas and in the Gulf Coast and Southwest regions. In addition to his quantity of roles as partner, Rose is also involved in the healthcare community as a founding member of Young Leaders for Methodist Hospital, a member of The Society for Methodist Hospital and many others.
Rose and his family’s support of Nora’s Home has helped Nora’s Home be the facility it is today. Rose’s wife Joanna formerly served on the Board of Directors and Rose’s father and mother-in-law helped organize the first Nora’s Home Gala.
Rose said: “I am honored to be able to pursue my passion of community involvement with Nora’s Home. With my father-in-law’s transplant, I am aware of the need for a place like Nora’s Home and I am excited to work alongside of them to lend a hand for the patients and their families.”
About Nora’s Home
Opened in 2013 as the first transplant hospitality home in the Gulf Coast region, Nora’s Home welcomes patients and their families at any stage of the transplant journey. The hospitality home aims to ease burdens many patients face by helping reduce the immense expense and stress incurred while undergoing transplant care by providing affordable lodging in a loving, home-like environment. Located at 8300 El Rio Street in Houston near the Texas Medical Center, the self-supporting facility includes 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully-equipped kitchen, community room, meditation room, education center, and provides free shuttle services to and from the medical center. In the summer of 2018, Nora’s Home will more than double in size with the addition of 16 rooms, communal kitchen, and multiple family areas and meeting rooms. For more information, visit www.norashome.org, or call 832-831-3720.