Texas Children's Hospital CEO shares latest details of new Woodlands pediatric hospital at leadership fundraising event
HOUSTON - (Dec. 5, 2013) -A dinner for community leaders at Texas Children's Hospital was held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the home of former Astros Manager Phil Garner and wife, Carol, to raise awareness and funds for its new pediatric community hospital in The Woodlands, slated to open 2017. Along with the Garners, the fundraiser was hosted by supporters Ralph and Shirley Alexander, Gary and Pam Whitlock, and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus chief medical officer Dr. Charles Hankins and wife, Amy.
Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children's Hospital spoke at the event about the hospital's mission and provided additional details about the size and scope of its new state-of- the-art medical campus that will serve families in The Woodlands and surrounding areas.
"This new pediatric community hospital will enable Texas Children's to provide specialized inpatient care, surgery and more extensive emergency care closer to home for Woodlands residents," said Wallace. "We are excited about the opportunity to expand upon the pediatric outpatient services Texas Children's has been providing here for the last 12 years through the Texas Children's Health Center and the 16 pediatric offices in the Woodlands and surrounding communities."
Wallace said plans for the new Texas Children's Hospital in The Woodlands include an emergency center with 24 patient rooms, a surgical unit with 4 operating rooms, 30 acute care beds, 5 radiology rooms, 74 outpatient exam rooms and a helipad. The hospital's inpatient and outpatient facilities will encompass approximately 398,000 square feet.
Wallace noted that the pediatric population in The Woodlands and Greater North Houston area is expected to grow by 15% over the next five years and, in The Woodlands alone, the under-18 population is expected to reach 360,000 by 2016.
"I am excited for Texas Children's new pediatric medical campus to open in The Woodlands," said Carol Garner. "This is exactly what our community needs to ensure that children and families have continued access to quality, convenient healthcare services. Phil and I encourage our neighbors to join us in supporting this new hospital."
Among many others in attendance at the dinner were Judy and Glenn Smith, Mark and Gloria Tressler, Ed Robb and Sallie Rainer.
Individuals and businesses interested in making a gift to support the new Texas Children's Hospital in The Woodlands can get more information at texaschildrens.org/give.
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.