Building A Vision For The Future

December 15, 2010

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More than 50 years ago, Texas Children's Hospital was founded with a singular vision — to build a community of healthy children through the finest pediatric patient care, education, and research. Over the past few years, Texas Children's has focused on delivering this promise through Vision 2010, the largest physical expansion ever by a children's hospital in such a short time.

Our new West Campus facility will provide the same family-centered care to the West Houston community that we've been offering for decades in the Texas Medical Center. Our Neurological Research Institute will pave the way for the future of collaborative basic research to better understand the structure and function of the developing brain, as the foundation for new therapies. Our Feigin Center expansion has added vital lab space and research infrastructure to the hospital. And our new women's and maternity facility will expand our expertise into obstetrical care for the first time.

But our mission — to enhance the health and well-being of children locally, nationally, and internationally — goes beyond the walls of our buildings.

Sometimes, you have to break down virtual walls and barriers to connect with and provide the best care for children and their families. That is why it is with great pleasure that I am introducing our new Texas Children's blog — Medicine | Milestones | Miracles.

Through this blog we intend to provide our online visitors with important perspective on pediatric health from the same voices that care for our patients at Texas Children's Hospital. Medicine | Milestones | Miracles will allow you to hear directly from our physicians and other medical experts. But what I am even more excited about is the opportunity to create a dialogue and help form a sense of community — a shared online space where doctors, nurses, parents, families, and others can connect and communicate with each other.

I encourage you to visit frequently and to ask questions, post comments, and give us your feedback. The key to the success of our blog is the same as it is for our Vision 2010 initiative — collaboration between medical experts and families to create the best possible outcome for every single child.

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