Outpatient facility opens at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus; emergency center and hospital services coming in spring 2011

HOUSTON - (Dec. 1, 2010) - Texas Children's Hospital announced that theoutpatient clinic building is open at its new West Campus,I-10 and Barker Cypress, and that the pediatric emergency center and hospitalservices are on target to open in spring 2011.

"We are excited to begin offering outpatient services at West Campus as thefirst step in providing expanded access to the unsurpassed care of TexasChildren's Hospital," said Michelle Riley-Brown, vice president of TexasChildren's Hospital West Campus. "As we celebrate this first milestone, we alsolook forward to spring 2011, when we will open our pediatric emergency centerand hospital services."

To ensure the smoothest possible opening experience for patientfamilies, Riley-Brown noted that the outpatient clinic facility is opening intwo phases. As of today, the first and second floors of the building are open,which includes outpatient treatment areas for physical/occupational therapy andspeech therapy; diabetes/endocrine; and gastroenterology and nutritionpractices.

Texas Children's Hospital West Campus is on track to open additional outpatientclinic practices by Dec. 7, said Riley-Brown. These include: audiology,cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery,pediatric surgery, pulmonary medicine and urology.

In spring 2011, the hematology/ oncology clinic will open, increasing thenumber of outpatient clinics at the facility to eleven.

Outpatient services formerly provided at Texas Children's West Houston HealthCenter will be offered at the new West Campus facility.

"Texas Children's has been a part of this community for many years andlaunching the West Campus outpatient clinic is our promise to continueproviding quality, convenient care to West Houston and the surrounding areasfor many years to come," added Riley-Brown.

Those families who have been patients at Texas Children's main campus or at oneof its health center locations will recognize many familiar faces, notedRiley-Brown, since all the pediatric specialists at its West Campus outpatientclinics have previously practiced at one or more of Texas Children's locations.

Physicians who are members of the West Campus outpatient care team include: Dr.Jennifer Feldmann, adolescent medicine; Dr. Ellen Friedman, otolaryngology;Dr. Maria Garcia, allergy and immunology; Dr. Frank Gerow,orthopedics; Dr. Edmond Gonzales, urology; Dr. Mohammed Hussein,ophthalmology; Dr. Nikki Janzen, urology; Dr. Imad Jarjour,neurology; Dr. John Jones, otolaryngology; Dr. Binal Kancherla,pulmonary/ sleep; Dr. Walid Kaplan, diabetes/ endocrine; Dr. DanielLeung, nutrition/ gastroenterology; Dr. Monica Lopez, pediatricsurgery; Dr. Allen Milewicz, pediatric surgery; Dr. Siby Moonnumakal,pulmonary; Dr. Jennifer Rama, pulmonary; Dr. Barbara Reid,nutrition/ gastroenterology; Dr. V. Shenava, orthopedics; Dr.Marcelle Sulek, otoloaryngology; Dr. Sharonda Taylor, adolescentmedicine; Dr. Steven Wolfe, cardiology; and Dr. Parvin Yazdani,diabetes/ endocrine. Additionally, Amy Magruder, AuD, audiology; SarahRaye, SLP, speech therapy; and Denise Brockman, SLP, speech therapy,are providing services at West Campus.

In addition to the specialty clinics, the building houses the campus' primarycare pediatric practice, TCPA - Town Country @ West Campus, which is openand accepting appointments in its new, more spacious location. The practicerelocated from 909 Frostwood Dr., Houston, 77024.

In spring 2011 West Campus will open a 12-bed pediatric emergency center, 48inpatient rooms, three operating rooms, a special procedures suite, advanceddiagnostic imaging services including MRI and CT scans, and a neurophysiologysleep laboratory.

For more information about Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and servicesavailable at the outpatient clinic facility, visit www.westcampus.texaschildrens.org.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.