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Children’s Health℠ is the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, the eighth- largest pediatric health care provider in the nation, and the second - busiest in terms of admissions and emergency department visits.

A private, not-for-profit organization, Children’s Health is anchored by two full-service hospitals, one specialty hospital and the Children’s Medical Research Institute at UT Southwestern, which performs transformative biomedical research. The system also includes multiple specialty centers, 18 Pediatric Group practices and a telemedicine network, as well as home health and physician services.

As a health care system, the Children’s Health mission is to make life better for children, from daily wellness and primary care to specialty visits and critical care, with more than 40 locations, 7,000 team members and 1,000 physicians committed to this mission.

2016 By the Numbers

2016 By the Numbers

  • 8th largest Pediatric Health Care Provider in the nation
  • 4 Medical Center locations
  • 19+ Specialty Centers
  • 18 Children’s Health Pediatric Group primary care offices
  • 50+ Pediatric specialty and subspecialty programs
  • 4.6 million Square feet
  • 7,689 Employees
  • 1,310 Medical and Dental Staff
  • 278,708 Total patients seen
  • 616 Inpatient beds
  • 396,563 Visits to outpatient clinics
  • 29,658 Surgeries
  • 10 playrooms
  • 7 facility dogs
  • 30+ volunteer dogs
First and Foremost

First and Foremost

At Children’s Health, we’re used to being the first and among the foremost. Children’s Health:

  • Created the nation’s first pediatric day surgery program in 1968.
  • Became the first and only pediatric hospital in North Texas to be ranked in all 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonary and urology.
  • Was the first pediatric hospital in the Southwest to offer the Impella, a device that reduces the need for open-heart surgery.
  • In 2005, became the only pediatric hospital in Texas designated as a Level 1 trauma center for pediatrics.
  • Offers 71 dedicated pediatric intensive care unit beds, making its ICU Texas’ largest just for children. Its 20-bed dedicated pediatric intensive care unit is the largest heart center for children in the state.
  • The Asthma Management Program was the first in Texas to be certified by the Joint Commission for disease-specific care for pediatric asthma initiatives.
  • The Endocrinology Center is the largest in Dallas and one of the largest in the country. It’s the only academic program caring for children with endocrine disorders and offers the only pediatric diabetes disease-specific care program in the nation to be certified by the Joint Commission.
  • Launched Texas’ first dedicated neonatal telemedicine service in 2013. The Children’s Health TeleNICU provides physicians at other hospital NICUs with 24-hour access to the board-certified UT Southwestern neonatologists on Children’s Health medical staff, to care for the region’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients.
  • Neurosciences’ designated Level 4 Epilepsy Center is proud to be the first and only pediatric epilepsy program in the country certified by the Joint Commission.
  • The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is the largest of its kind in the region, treating 1,000 new patients annually.
  • World-class transplant surgeons performed the first liver transplant on a child in Texas in 1984.
  • 1999 - The first pediatric hospital in the nation accredited in all three modes of transportation: ground ambulance, helicopter, and jet.
  • Was first in North Texas to transplant a pediatric heart in 1988.
  • Was first in the state to complete a combined pediatric liver-heart transplant in 2006.
  • Has the largest pediatric renal transplant program in the Southwest.
  • Was the first hospital in the country to collaborate in a groundbreaking portable health record pilot program that gives patients and providers secure access to their health records across a variety of devices, to improve quality and continuity of care.
  • 2015 – Society of Thoracic Surgeons awards 3-Star Rating to the Heart Center at Children’s Health.
  • 2013 – Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence established (gift announcement 12/2/2013)
A Place of Distinction

A Place of Distinction

Our successes and achievements, won through the dedication of our exceptional nurses, doctors, and staff, have not gone unnoticed. Among the national recognition and awards we’ve received are the following:

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently names Children’s Medical Center Dallas one of the top pediatric hospitals nationally in the “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey. In 2016-2017, Children’s Medical Center Dallas was ranked in all 10 specialties: Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Urology, Cancer, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, and Neonatology.
  • In 2016, Children’s Health was named to Hospitals & Health Networks Most Wired for the tenth time in the last 12 years. Most Wired recognizes information technology adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems. For the second year in a row, Children’s Health achieved Most Wired “advanced” status. Children’s Health is the only health system in Texas named to the list.
  • Children’s Health was again named to the InformationWeek Elite100 in 2016.
  • Children’s Medical Center Dallas received U.S. News & World Report’s Most Connected Hospitals 2015-2016, recognizing hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement, and clinical connectedness improved patient care.
  • All eight disease-specific programs are certified by The Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant standard-setting accrediting and certifying regulatory body in health care.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program: Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Plano have maintained Magnet designation since 2009, recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practices.
  • Named for five consecutive years as one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review based on benefits, wellness initiatives, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities, and work environments that promotes employee collaboration and satisfaction.
  • Texas Covered Entity Privacy and Security Certification: Children’s Medical Center Dallas is the first hospital in Texas to receive this certification by the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST).
  • The WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress recognized Children’s Health for demonstrating leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness.
  • Becker’s Hospital Reviews recognized Children’s Health as one of the top 50 greenest hospitals in America. As of July 2016, one fourth of electricity use is backed by renewable energy credits, equivalent to removing more than 16 million pounds per year of carbon dioxide from nature.
  • Becker’s Hospital Review recognized the Children's Health Virtual Health and Innovation program as one of the 50 hospitals with innovation programs due to the goal to invest and partner with companies, technologies and organizations on care delivery.
  • The Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters & Translators (TAHIT) recognized Children’s Health for the Texas Star in Language Access Award as an organization that demonstrates a tremendous difference through translation and interpreter efforts.
  • The Children’s Health Transport team was named the 2016 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Crew of the Year by EMS for Children for displaying outstanding care for a child in an emergency medical or trauma event.
  • Dallas Business Journal named Children’s Health in their annual “Best Places to Work” list in the extra large category.

Much has changed since 1913, but our mission remains the same: To make life better for children. We’re driven to continue to honor the trust parents place in us and work harder each day to expand the knowledge of pediatric illnesses, develop the best possible treatments, and deliver exceptional, compassionate care to the region’s children.

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