Medical Inflatable® Exhibits, Inc.
Medical Inflatables is a privately held, Texas-based corporation operating out of Houston, home to the largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center.. We seek to provide high-quality, interactive, educational models of the human anatomy to help teach people about the risks, symptoms, nature, and causes of various diseases.We also hope to shed light on prevention of the diseases depicted and the latest medical treatments to mitigate or cure the diseases.
Medical Inflatables provides inflatable, portable, larger-than-life models that promote learning. Our models engage people of all ages as they walk through the organ replicas. We work closely with a team of board-certified medical professionals to ensure the accuracy of our exhibits and the information conveyed.
Lauren Hill is the President and Founder of Medical Inflatables.
Medical Inflatables was born after Hill—who was working in marketing at a major Houston hospital at the time—noticed a gap in community health education events.
The general public’s knowledge about how to prevent a heart attack and the signs and symptoms was lacking, but health events were failing to engage attendees enough for them to retain vital information and take action to improve their health. Hill wanted to draw them in with a showstopper, something more than a free pen or a flashy magnet. Her goal was to engage, educate and also entertain. With heart disease running in her family, and heart attacks the number one cause of death in the U.S., the heart was a natural place to start.
Hill discovered a giant heart exhibit at a museum in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t portable. And that was the key—to bring a giant heart, or brain, or lung, or body, to a hospital, industry conference, school or fun run. She knew she had to build it herself. With design advice from doctors at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Hill sketched the heart with help from a medical illustrator, and voila, the MEGA Heart was born.
From its debut at the Heart Hospital of Austin, MEGA Heart has traveled the world, from Singapore to Australia. In the years that followed, Hill added MEGA Brain, MEGA Lungs and Mega Body to her traveling anatomy collection. MEGA Brain debuted with a nation-wide tour of major and minor league baseball games, state fairs, and shopping malls, and has also since traveled the world.
As an expert in health education, Hill has appeared—along with her MEGA exhibits—on national television, including the Dr. Oz show and The Doctors show. She debuted her MEGA Lungs on the Dr. Oz show. Hill is regularly quoted in the media, and her exhibits are sought out by clients such as hospitals, foundations, associations and schools across the globe.
She is a member of Healthcare Marketing Association, The American Marketing Association, Texas Public Health Association and in her former, hospital role was recognized as Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association, Houston Chapter.