1990: Providing the Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time


As the 21st century approached, North Texas began experiencing explosive growth. Children’s realigned its resources and mission to care for kids in the best way possible – sometimes at the Dallas campus, other times through facilities closer to patients’ homes. The medical center opened several suburban specialty clinics, as well as a number of area medical offices designed to provide primary care to children without ready access to pediatricians.The Children’s “right care, right place, right time” approach to health care called for the main campus to enhance its focus on providing acute and specialty care. UT Southwestern’s reputation for excellence helped attract many talented young physicians, pediatricians, scientists and other pediatric subspecialists during the 1990s, providing breadth and depth in a wide range of specialties.

Until the 1990s, children needing emergency care were treated with adults at other area hospitals. In 1991, the Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Emergency Referral Center opened at Children’s. The center expanded a few years later to include a broader age group of children with severe traumatic injuries.

In 1996, Children’s championed a report on the health and welfare of children in Dallas County. Beyond ABC: Growing Up in Dallas County included important statistical benchmarks that provided information to local governments and community organizations wanting to improve the lives of area children. The report, underwritten by Children’s, continues to be published in multiple counties.

In 1998, Children’s becomes one of the first pediatric hospitals in the nation to implement the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) in radiology. The system allows doctors to view patient images on a computer instead of film.

Top: PACS technology allowed doctors to review images from remote locations.

Middle: Charles and Sarah Seay (right) at the 1991 opening of the only area emergency room solely for children.

Bottom: In 1996, Children’s championed a report on the health and welfare of children in Dallas County.

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