Texas Children's Urgent Care offers high-quality, efficient and affordable care

HOUSTON - (May 20, 2014) - Texas Children's Hospital is proud to announce the opening of TexasChildren's Urgent Care clinic offering high-quality, efficient and affordablepatient care in a convenient community location. For more information, visit urgentcare.texaschildrens.org.

"Texas Children'sUrgent Care was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatricurgent care after hours," says Randall Wright, executive vice president ofTexas Children's Hospital. "Our clinic is conveniently located in your neighborhood,and available evenings and weekends, to continue our commitment to providingcare to all patients and families in the Houston community."

Texas Children'sUrgent Care is open Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. and Saturday andSunday, 12 to 8 p.m. The clinic is staffed by board certified pediatricians whohave privileges at Texas Children's Hospital. Pediatricians diagnose and treata wide variety of ailments, illnesses and conditions, including: asthma, strepthroat, fever, minor burns, influenza, ear infections, allergic reactions andmore. Procedures provided include: antibiotic injections, breathing treatments,fracture care and splinting, IV (intravenous) fluids, labservices, laceration repair and x-rays on-site.

"Weare excited to bring this expert urgent care model to the Houston community,"says Dr. Gary Gerlacher, Texas Children's Urgent Care lead physician. "In myexperience, I've seen firsthand how the urgent care setting has truly helpedfill a void in treatment for children and their families."

Texas Children'sUrgent Care clinic is conveniently located at:

Texas Children's Urgent Care Cinco Ranch

9727 Spring Green Blvd., Suite 900

Katy, Texas 77494

Oftentimes,families turn to an emergency center after hours, on weekends or perhaps evenduring the day, when a significant event occurs with their child. Though theemergency center is the right place for some incidents or ailments, themajority of the time, minor illnesses can and should be treated at a pediatricurgent care facility.

Texas Children'sUrgent Care accepts major insurance plans and has self-pay rates, which areless than emergency center charges, and there are no hospital fees. A completelist of insurance plans is available on the website. Texas Children's UrgentCare specializes in after hours care, but does not replace the need for childrento have a general pediatrician. Routine physical exams and vaccinationsare services that should be obtained from a general pediatrician, andthese services are not available at Texas Children's UrgentCare.

Additionally, asecond Texas Children's Urgent Care clinic will open this summer.

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.