Texas Children's Pavilion for Women Senior Vice President Cris Daskevich selected as one of Houston's "50 Most Influential Women" by Houston Woman Magazine

HOUSTON - (Feb. 20, 2012) - Cris C. Daskevich, senior vice president of Texas Children's Pavilion for Women was selected as one of "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women" by Houston Woman Magazine and was honored alongside 49 other women leaders recently at a tea held at the St. Regis Hotel.

Daskevich oversees the strategic planning, design and operations of the state-of-the-art Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, which ushers in a new era for the nationally-ranked children's hospital as it expands into obstetrical and gynecological services. When fully operational with labor and delivery services this spring, the Pavilion for Women will be one of the nation's premiere facilities for women's, fetal and newborn health.

"Those selected as Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2011 are individuals with vast networks of social and professional connections---they have earned an enviable reputation for possessing an expertise in a particular field or arena," said Beverly Denver, publisher of Houston Woman Magazine. "The thoughts and actions of these women influence the thoughts and actions of others and it is our distinct privilege to be able to introduce these remarkable women to the community," she continued.

Throughout her 15-year career at Texas Children's Hospital, Daskevich has played an integral role in many of the hospital's major initiatives. In addition to her responsibilities at the pavilion, she oversees inpatient and outpatient women's services and provides executive oversight for Texas Children's community-based hospital partnerships and maternal fetal medicine clinics.

"It's an honor to be included among such distinguished women leaders and I am committed to making a difference for children, mothers and babies in our community by providing them with access to the best care," said Daskevich.

Prior to her current role, Daskevich was instrumental in developing the business plan for the five Texas Children's Health Centers, enabling the hospital to provide families with easier access to its pediatric subspecialty services. Serving as manager and later as director of the Texas Children's Health Centers, she played a key role in the site selection and purchase of Texas Children's West Campus property. Prior responsibilities also included system-level oversight of diagnostic imaging, pathology, and marketing and public relations.

Daskevich graduated from Texas Christian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with an emphasis in neurosciences. She holds a master's degree in health administration and business from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. Currently she is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is active in the Texas Hospital Association (THA), serving on its board of trustees and executive committee.

Her professional honors include receiving the "Early Career Healthcare Executive Award" from ACHE, the "Early Achievement Alumni Award" from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and the "Up Comers Award" from Witt/Kieffer and Modern Healthcare.

A full list of the 2011 "50 Most Influential" honorees is available on Houston Woman Magazine's website, http://www.houstonwomanmagazine.com. The magazine has been publishing this annual list since 2008.

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.