Mark A. Wallace
President and Chief Executive Officer
Texas Children’s is no stranger to audacious moves. When I came to Texas Children’s Hospital in 1989, I had big hopes for what was then a small, yet promising organization. We were, primarily, a regional hospital. We had just over 200 beds and one building that was about 350,000 square feet. And we had about 1,400 employees. But we also had a vision that was much bigger than our humble beginnings would suggest.
In the mid-1990s Texas Children’s debuted Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates, the nation’s largest primary care network, and Texas Children’s Health Plan, the first pediatric HMO in the U.S. We followed those first significant steps in the 1990s with a number of advancements within our clinical programs, and we recruited some of the world’s most gifted physicians and scientists.
We’ve also had extraordinary expansion of our facilities. In the last two decades,
Texas Children’s has added more than 10 million square feet of space to the main hospital campus and in several community expansions, like Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, set to open in 2017.
This growth represents a dedicated and consistent investment in the future of pediatric health care and in the local, regional and national communities. As health care has evolved, Texas Children’s has changed exponentially in size and clinical programs to meet the complex needs of the babies, children and women in our care.
We now have a workforce of 13,000 staff and employees and provide care during more than 3.6 million patient encounters each year. We are an international referral center for families worldwide seeking hope and advanced, comprehensive diagnoses, treatment and care.
That’s why we must make bold, assertive moves, like building our new Special Isolation Unit. This state-of-the-art space has been designed and equipped with the most advanced approaches to biocontainment and care for children with highly contagious infectious diseases.
Our investment in our programs and facilities is also an investment in our mission. It means that we can continue to be the court of last resort for so many, like the Mata conjoined twins, for whom we began care while they were still in their mother’s womb.
The demand is ever increasing, and we are responding as we always have — strategically and decisively. So now, we’re expanding right in the heart of the world’s largest medical center — the Texas Medical Center — to grow the facilities and services of the
Texas Children’s Hospital main campus.
We’ve embarked on a nearly $1 billion expansion in The Woodlands, Texas, and at our medical center campus — and launched our $475 million Promise Campaign — to reinvest in facilities and programs that meet the needs of our growing patient population. Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, our second community hospital, is slated to open outpatient services this fall, and inpatient services will open in spring 2017. This 550,000-square-foot facility will ultimately house 32 acute care beds, 28 intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit beds, 25 Emergency Center rooms, and offer services in 29 medical and surgical pediatric subspecialties.
The 19-floor, 640,000-square-foot pediatric inpatient care tower currently under construction at our medical center campus will open in 2018, and the renovation of our Emergency Center will be completed in 2020. This expansion and renovation will respond to the needs of some of our most critically ill patients, primarily in the critical care units, operating rooms, Heart Center, Emergency Center, and in many of the diagnostic and therapeutic services offered by the hospital.
We feel a moral responsibility to the patients and families who come to Texas Children’s doorstep, and our physical and programmatic growth helps us advance our 60-plus-year mission of creating a healthier future for children throughout our global community.
We are driven to ensure we have the quality, capacity and staff to accommodate every patient who needs to come here. It means we can continue to deliver on our promise to make Texas Children’s one of the best places possible to give and receive care.
Read more from Mark A. Wallace on his blog at onthemark.org.
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