Southwest SIDS Research Institute
Founded by Richard A. Hardoin, M.D.,F.A.A.P., and Judith A. Henslee, LMSW, the Southwest SIDS Research Institute exists to provide medical, educational, support, and research services to families and caretakers of SIDS, high risk, and normal healthy infants. With the initial support of Dow Chemical Co., Texas Division, and the generous contributions of the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland, Michigan, the Institute opened its doors in November, 1984. Within a few years the Institute became a United Way participating agency. United Way funding has enabled the Institute to provide comprehensive medical services on a sliding scale basis. Educational and counseling services are available free of charge. The Institute is located at 230 Parking Way in Lake Jackson, Texas, providing medical services throughout the state of Texas. Support, education, and research services are provided throughout the United States.
The Southwest SIDS Research Institute is funded through private and corporate gifts, grants, fund-raisers, and private and third party reimbursement (Medicaid and private insurers).
Richard A. Hardoin, MD
Dr. Richard A. Hardoin is the medical director and co-founder of the Southwest SIDS Research Institute. He has served the SIDS community in Brazoria County for over twenty-three years. Dr. Hardoin is one of the founding members of the National SIDS Alliance, formerly the National SIDS Foundation. In 1989 he received the President’s Volunteer Action Award from President Ronald Reagan. He has served on the board of the Houston Chapter of the SIDS Alliance, a support group for parents who have lost their babies to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Dr. Hardoin is responsible for the analysis and interpretation of monitor data of at-risk babies and has read thousands of infant sleep studies at the Institute. In September, 2007, Dr. Hardoin and Judith Henslee helped author, “The Voice Within,” a book written to comfort families who have experienced premonitions, and then have lost their babies to SIDS.
You can email Dr. Hardoin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith A. Henslee, LMSW
Principal Contact – Bexar County Out-Reach
Judith Henslee holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas in Austin. Mrs. Henslee is the co-founder and executive director of the Southwest SIDS Research Institute. She is the co-author of publications on sleep physiology in normal and high-risk populations and on the effect of premonitions of SIDS on grieving and healing. She served on a NICHD committee establishing SIDS research goals and an American Thoracic Society subcommittee on infant monitoring. Mrs. Henslee has been a member of the board of directors of the National SIDS Foundation and the National SIDS Alliance. She served on the board of the National Association of Apnea Professionals and the Training and Education Team of the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center. Mrs. Henslee has been a member of the National Association of SIDS program Professionals and the National Association of Peri-natal Social Workers. She was co-recipient of the President’s Volunteer Action Award in 1987 and was named Outstanding Young Alumni at Baylor University. She has been an invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences. She has been actively involved in state and local Safe Sleep campaigns and getting SIDS Risk Reduction information included in the Texas state mandated brochure entitled “Information for Parents of Newborns.”
You can email Judith Henslee at email@example.com.
Board of Directors
Jason Suazo, DVM
Veteranarian at Pecan Acres Pet Care
Texas Public Affairs Administrator at Dow Chemical-Texas Operations
Site Logistics Director at Dow Chemical-Texas Operations
Joel Vavich, MD
Pediatrician at Parking Way Pediatrics
President/CEO at Brazosport Regional Health System
Joy LeBlanc, MD
CEO at CDC Brazoria County Head Start
Lawyer at the Law Office of Everett S. Stovall
Rodger Thompson, MD