THHSC Assesses Safety of Newly Reopened Facilities

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is inspecting Harvey-affected facilities to assess their ability to safely provide patient care since reopening. These assessments are not full surveys.

THHSC quality assessment teams are notifying facilities of the inspection at least an hour in advance so the facilities can gather key personnel with whom the teams need to meet. The quality assessment teams include:

  • An architect for the physical plant.
  • A health surveyor for operational functions like nursing, dietary and pharmacy.
  • A Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments surveyor for laboratories.
  • A radiation (x-ray) and nuclear medicine representative for medical imaging systems.

In its assessment, THHSC expects an open facility to be in the same condition it was prior to Hurricane Harvey, with the exception of drywall repairs.

Damage to doors and doorframes and minor damage to windows will not impact a facility’s ability to open, as long as it is not a safety hazard.

Mold damage will be assessed at a later date.

Facilities will likely not be able to reopen if Major Life Safety Systems are compromised, which include:

  • HVAC, fire and medical gas alarms.
  • Vacuum pumps.
  • Generators.
  • Elevators.
  • Major broken windows.

If facilities have damage to these systems, they should contact THHSC’s Licensing and Certification Division inspectors by phone at 512/834-6649 or by email at If contacting the agency by phone, please ask for an inspector.