Texas Children’s Hospital was built on a promise to provide the highest quality care to all who need it. After more than 60 years, our mission has not changed. With more than 3 million annual patient encounters, we are extending leading health care to more children and women than ever before.
But Texas Children’s is at an important moment in its history, when the hospital must grow to continue to provide the finest care available to the people of Houston, the region, the nation and beyond. To address current challenges and in order to anticipate patients’ needs — both now and in the future — we have launched Promise: The Campaign for Texas Children’s Hospital. The Promise Campaign is a comprehensive $475 million endeavor that will focus on five key priorities.
Critical, surgical and emergency care services at the Texas Medical Center Campus
To offer hope, comfort and healing to the sickest children
At just 13 years old, Karla was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Her condition threatened not only her dream of graduating high school — it threatened her life. When medication did nothing to alleviate her symptoms, experts at Texas Children’s Hospital decided that surgery was her best option, and a pump was implanted in Karla’s heart to assist with the proper flow of blood.
Weeks later, Karla walked across the stage at her graduation with her family cheering her on. Texas Children’s Hospital had saved Karla’s life and helped turn her dream into a reality.
Texas Children’s Hospital treats the sickest children — just like Karla — with conditions so complex they simply can’t receive the world-class care they need at any other hospital. More and more families are coming to Texas Children’s for lifesaving care. For the sickest children, care at Texas Children’s means the difference between life and death.
But we have reached a critical point in the hospital’s history. Current facilities were built for a different time and are no longer large enough. Thirty years ago, they were state-of-the art. Equipment was smaller. Today, there is so much more technology and equipment, and it is larger and more complex. And too often, our facilities are so full that we are unable to accept transfers of patients who desperately need our help.
Bottom line: Texas Children’s has outgrown the space we currently have at the Texas Medical Center campus, and the time for expansion is now.
The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) often operate beyond capacity. Rooms that once functioned very well can no longer comfortably accommodate patients, along with the equipment they require, nor can they give families the space and privacy they need and deserve.
Among the 1,200 pediatric surgeons in the United States, few have the expertise to perform the complex, specialized procedures for which Texas Children’s is known. Every year, we treat the most critically ill patients who require extremely complex surgery. We need larger operating rooms, and more of them, all equipped with the most up-to-date technology and equipment.
In the past two years alone, visits to the Emergency Center (EC) have increased by more than 25 percent. Texas Children’s receives 50 percent of all pediatric trauma-related 911 and EMS transports.
Funds raised through the Promise Campaign will provide support for the construction of a new, 19-floor pediatric tower.
- We will build new and larger PICUs and CVICUs, moving them from their current location in the West Tower and significantly increasing the total number of critical care beds available. These rooms will be specially designed and configured so that parents can stay with their children overnight and so that all necessary equipment is easily accessible for caregivers.
- We will add more operating rooms (ORs) that are larger and more flexibly designed to accommodate patients who require the most complex procedures. These, too, will be moved from the West Tower.
- Relocating the PICUs, CVICUs and ORs will free up space in the West Tower, where the EC is located, to completely redesign the EC so that patients can be triaged and treated more quickly and efficiently.
At Texas Children’s, we are committed to taking care of every critically ill child who comes to us for help. The time to grow and expand is now.
What’s your promise?
Visit texaschildrens.org/promise or call 832-824-2945.
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
To bring a dedicated pediatric hospital to a growing community
When Bennett, who lives in The Woodlands, was diagnosed with adenoviral pneumonia, he had to be rushed more than 30 miles from his home for lifesaving treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital.
But what if the ambulance hadn’t arrived in time?
Some of the fastest-growing communities in the nation lie just north of Houston, with a combined population already exceeding 1.1 million. When dedicated, comprehensive pediatric health care is needed, no family should have to drive 30, 40 or 50 miles away.
To meet the growing needs of a sprawling community, the Promise Campaign will support the construction of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, bringing world-class care where it’s needed most — close to home.
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands will include:
- An outpatient tower opening in 2016 with specialty medical services, including cancer, cardiology, allergy/immunology/rheumatology, and diabetes/endocrinology.
- An inpatient tower that will open in 2017 with the only dedicated pediatric emergency center and PICU in the region.
– Michelle Riley-Brown
Executive Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital
President, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
- Executive Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital
- President, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
- President, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, 2012–2014
- Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives
- BA, Tulane University
- MHA, Health Administration, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
- Native of New Orleans, Louisiana
Charles Hankins, MD
- Chief Medical Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
- Chief Medical Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, 2011–2014
- MD, University of Tennessee
- Fellowship in neonatology/perinatal medicine, Walter Reed Medical Center
- MBA, University of Tennessee
- Board Member, March of Dimes Board of Directors/Houston area
- Native of East Tennessee
To recruit and retain world-class physicians and scientists
Texas Children’s Hospital has some of the most sought-after physicians, surgeons and researchers in the world. Our patient and families deserve nothing less than the best. But due to frequent attempts by other leading children’s hospitals to recruit our experts, Texas Children’s relies on endowed chairs to engage and retain them long term.
The Promise Campaign will dedicate funding to nearly double the current number of endowed chairs. Once an endowed chair is in place, the chair holder has access to significant funds that may be used to provide support for innovative research projects or to launch new programs.
Larry D. Hollier, MD
S. Baron Hardy Chair in plastic surgery
Divisions and centers of excellence
To provide more specialized treatment for children who need it
From the world-class neurology and cardiology departments to the largest pediatric cancer and blood disease center in the United States, Texas Children’s Hospital offers complex treatments in some of the nation’s finest specialty and subspecialty divisions and centers of excellence.
Working closely with its academic partner, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital was awarded a place on the 2015–2016 Honor Roll of best pediatric institutions by U.S. News & World Report. In fact, Texas Children’s was the only hospital in Texas awarded this distinction.
In addition to ranking children’s hospitals overall, U.S. News also ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals in 10 major subspecialty areas. Not only was Texas Children’s nationally ranked in each of these subspecialty areas — it was ranked in the top five in six of them. Those rankings include:
No. 4: Cancer
No. 2: Cardiology and heart surgery
No. 10: Diabetes and endocrinology
No. 4: Nephrology (kidney disorders)
No. 2: Neurology and neurosurgery
No. 2: Pulmonology
No. 3: Urology
The Promise Campaign will provide funding that will allow physicians, nurses and staff to continue providing the best possible care to patients across all disciplines at each of Texas Children’s campuses.
To offer quality care to children in our community regardless of their families’ ability to pay
More than 50 percent of Texas Children’s patients get their health care coverage from Medicaid or CHIP, while some have no insurance at all. Texas Children’s provides more than $150 million in charity care and community benefits each year. This investment on the part of the hospital truly serves its core community — the majority of children who receive this assistance live in Harris County or one of the seven surrounding counties at the time of their treatment.
Texas Children’s Hospital is constantly working to provide increased access to medical care for children and families in our community, especially through free primary and preventive health care initiatives. The Promise Campaign will provide continued support for charity and community care programs.
The Parker Family
Tracey had been laid off and Xavius had recently started a new job, so neither had health insurance when their daughter, Skylin (above), needed surgery for a ruptured appendix. But the charity care program at Texas Children’s Hospital covered the cost of her treatment and helped the family through a difficult time.
You can help Texas Children’s Hospital bring world-class pediatric health care to children and women who need it by making a promise of your own.
What’s your promise?
Visit texaschildrens.org/promise or call 832-824-2945.