2000: The Right Place for a Second Hospital
During the early 2000s, increasing numbers of children from Dallas’ northern suburbs made the long drive to Children’s for care. The medical center’s board approved the construction of a second hospital in the suburb of Plano, a bold move in keeping with the hospital’s “right care, right place, right time” strategic priority. Children’s Medical Center Plano, which includes inpatient beds, outpatient services, an ICU, an emergency room and surgical services, opened in 2008.
The medical center’s position as a leading pediatric research hospital was strengthened in 2004, when a $5 million endowment provided by the Caruth Foundation established the W.W. Caruth Jr. Center for Pediatric Translational Clinical Research. Translational research seeks to convert important lab discoveries into new treatments for patients. The center, a perpetual source of seed funding for pediatric translational research, is a boon to sick children.
Recognition for Children’s intensified during this decade. One of the most memorable was in 2003, when doctors at Children’s separated conjoined Egyptian twins.
Also that year, Children’s and UT Southwestern reached the zenith of national recognition in the treatment of sickle cell anemia by being designated by the National Institutes of Health as one of only 10 Comprehensive Sickle Cell Centers in the United States. Sickle cell anemia is a genetic abnormality of the blood that can cause a host of health issues.
In 2005, Children’s became the only pediatric hospital in Texas to be recognized for the highest level of emergency care achieving Trauma Level I designation.
Patients and their families have long praised Children’s nurses for the quality of their care. In 2009, the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded the Children’s nursing staff Magnet® designation, the gold standard for nursing excellence. Less than 6% of U.S. hospitals had nursing Magnet designations in 2009.