Parents in the Lone Star State can rest easy knowing Texas Children's Hospital has the doctors and facilities to diagnose and treat sick children. The hospital is the flagship facility of Texas Children's Hospital Integrated Delivery System. Founded in 1954, the hospital provides full-service medical care for children, conducts extensive research, and trains pediatric medical professionals. The Houston-area hospital, part of the Texas Medical Center complex, has clinical facilities for every ailment ranging from psychological troubles to surgery and physical rehabilitation, as well as specialized heart, cancer, and neurological care. It is the primary pediatric training facility for the Baylor College of Medicine.
Texas Children's Hospital's staff includes more than 1,500 primary physicians and other medical specialists as well as some 6,000 nurses. The hospital has satellite facilities in and around Houston, and it operates the Texas Children's Pediatric Associates primary care network of more than 150 physicians. The company also runs the Texas Children's Health Plan, which offers Medicaid and Texas CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan) programs.
Texas Children's International coordinates care for sick children who come to Texas Children's Hospital from abroad. The international segment also sends out medical teams to care for critically ill children throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. For instance, it has established a number of AIDS clinics in African countries.
Though most of its revenues come from patient care fees, Texas Children's Hospital relies heavily on donations and federal funding to supplement its operations. For instance, the hospital and Baylor College of Medicine represent one of the most active and well-funded pediatric research programs in the US, with more than 800 basic research and clinical studies backed by $100 million in annual grants.
In 2010 the hospital completed a $1.5 billion expansion effort. Called Vision 2010, the expansion extended neurological, maternity, and research capacity, as well as upgraded equipment. As a result, the hospital opened the Duncan Neurological Research Institute dedicated to researching brain disorders. The expansion program also included the building of a new suburban community hospital, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, which opened in 2011. – less