Children's Medical Center, Dallas TX



Mission

To make life better for children.

History

Children's traces its origin back to 1913 when a group of nurses organized an open-air clinic on the lawn of the old Parkland Hospital for infants suffering from dysentery. The nurses recognized that children received better care when it was focused on them.The clinic grew into the Bradford Hospital for babies, which merged with Children's Hospital of Texas and Richmond Freeman Memorial Clinic in 1948 to form what is now know as Children's.

Facility

Children's Medical Center Dallas, located in the Southwestern Medical District near the heart of downtown, is licensed for 411 beds and receives more than 360,000 patient visits annually. A new 10 story tower, which will open in 2009, will create a knew entry for the hospital and will create space for growth of cardiac, surgical and neonatal services. The tower will include the Annette Simmons heart Hospital and an expanded cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU). To serve the region's growing pediatric population. Children's is building a second Hospital in Plano TX. Children's Medical Center Legacy will open in 2008 with the largest collection of pediatric subspecialty programs under one roof in the area. The facility will grow to a full inpatient hospital within 12 months.

Patient Care

Children's is the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18. Children's provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in ares such as heart disease, hematology/oncology and cystic fibrosis. In addition, Children's is a major pediatric kidney, liver, heart an bone marrow transplant center. In 2006, physicians on the medical staff at Children's performed the first successful pediatric intestinal transplant in North Texas, as well as the first successful combined heart-liver transplant.

Research

Through an affiliation with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the physicians  on the medical staff at Children's conduct research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies and a greater understanding of pediatric diseases. Research programs in cancer, neonatology, kidney disease, pharmacology, sickle cell disease and psychiatry are nationally recognized. New treatments discovered on researchers' benches at UT Southwestern are applied directly to patient care at Children's, offering patients and their families more options for recovery and direct benefit from leading-edge medical science. 

Teaching

As the primary pediatric teaching facility for UT Southwestern, Children's sets the standard for pediatric care in North Texas. The attraction of UT Southwestern and Children's means the recruitment of the nations best pediatric specialists to the region. Children's offers a three-year residency program for physicians and supports academic fellowships in many specialties. Many of the hospital's 800 medical staff members completed the UT Southwestern program and now hold facility positions at the medical school. Additionally, many of the pediatricians practicing in the Dallas/Ft Worth area completed their education at UT Southwestern and Children's. Educational experiences also are available for nurses, child development specialists, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and others who participate in Children's internships.

Advocacy 

Child advocacy is an important part of Children's mission. Hospital administrators, employeesand medical staff members continually work to educate officials and the public on matters of health care, education, safety and security for the children of Texas. Children's is the founding member of the Coalition for North Texas Children, a nonpartisan educational alliance of national, state and local nonprofit organizations working together to solve the serious problems children face. Advocacy efforts extend into the areas of access to childeren's health insurance, child abuse, pediatric AIDS, childhood obesity and community health and wellness. Children's serves an essential role in connecting the uninsured population with the resources available to receives insurance. Children's also leads the Dallas-area SAFE KIDS Coalition, spearheading local efforts to raise awareness about childhood injury prevention.

Philanthropy

As a private, not-for-profit academic pediatrichealthcare organization, Children's relies on the the community to fullfill its mission. Thanks to community support in 2006, Children's surpassed its fund-raising goal by nearly $21 million. However, as reimbursment rate diminish, Children's must continue to rely on alternative streams of revenue. As such, philanthropy will continue to play an ever-increasing role in meeting the hospitals financial needs. For more information about giving opportunities or to learn more about supporting Children's, visit www.childrens.com or call the Office of Development at 214-456-8360.