“So, what do YOU do?”
In 2008, four colleagues from Projé Inc., a project management consulting firm based in Houston, TX, realized they shared a common goal to be a part of something bigger than just a professional career. Each possessed a strong drive to give back to their communities and to use their talents and influence for a greater purpose. As the years have passed and the team has grown, this desire to make a difference in the world has become part of the Projé corporate culture. Now when people ask “What do you do?” the answer is simple. “We save lives. One project at a time.”
How we chose the name.
We Save Lives was inspired by the story of the renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Denton Cooley, founder of the Texas Heart Institute. In 1968, he became the first surgeon to successfully perform a human heart transplant. In 1969, he became the first surgeon to successfully perform an artificial heart transplant.
A writer covering his life in a biography was granted an all access pass into Dr. Cooley’s life. He followed him throughout the hospital, taking notes and asking questions. One day in the hallway, a janitor was mopping floors and Dr. Cooley and the janitor held a lengthy conversation until the doctor was called to emergency surgery.
The writer approached the janitor and asked him about the conversation. “That was quite a lengthy conversation you had with Dr. Cooley,” stated the writer.
“Yes, Sir,” the janitor replied.
“I mean, he’s the world’s greatest surgeon and you two talked for quite a while,” implying a difference between a janitor and a surgeon.
“Yes, Sir,” said the janitor. “Doc and I talk frequently. He’s a kind gentleman.”
As the janitor set down his mop, the writer asked, “Well, what is it that you do here at the hospital?”
And without missing a beat, the janitor replied back,
“We save lives.”