Children’s Health℠ has been blazing a trail for newer and more innovative diagnosis and treatment methods for many years, and we have made great strides in the research and development of new devices and procedures.
The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
The physicians at The Gill Center are recognized leaders in pediatric hematology research; their scientific leadership has led to the development of some of the most advanced treatments that are available today. Researchers at the Gill Center are currently involved in a growing Experimental Therapeutics Program to bring promising new treatments from laboratory to bedside.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our NICU has been designated a Level IV NICU, the highest qualification for such programs as established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We receive infants with complex medical conditions who require specialized services that can be found only at Children’s Health. We are the only hospital in Dallas–Fort Worth that never has to send a baby to another hospital because of the breadth of our specialty services.
The NICU at Children’s Health provides neonatal support to outside obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists through our Fetal-Neonatal Program.
Physicians from our NICU are active in clinical research and quality improvement. We are one of only 17 centers nationwide to participate in the National Institute of Child Health and Development Neonatal Research Network, the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Database and the Vermont Oxford Network.
The Neurosciences Center at Children’s Health offers a Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program; it is one of only 12 such programs in the United States.
Our Critical Care Services Center recently opened the new Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, a groundbreaking model that integrates Children’s Health and UT Southwestern care into a single resource for patients and their families.
Through our affiliation with UT Southwestern, our pediatric surgeons, fellows, residents and medical students have access to some of the most cutting-edge research in the world. They are involved in more than 20 clinical and basic science research studies, including the following areas:
- Obesity management
- Ovarian tumors
- Pyloric stenosis
- Diagnostic radiation
The da Vinci Surgical System Robot has changed the way many surgeons at Children’s Health operate. The robot, given to the hospital by the Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation, allows surgeons to access tighter spots, increase their range of motion and view a clearer picture of tissue and anatomy. Robotic surgery enables the surgeon to make smaller incisions, which results in less pain, smaller scars and a quicker recovery time.
Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern
- CRI’s mission is to conduct research to better understand the biological basis of disease, seeking breakthroughs that can generate new strategies for treating disease.
- CRI was launched in 2011. In 2012, researchers at CRI produced major breakthroughs in stem cell and melanoma research.
- By the end of 2012, CRI had 43 scientists in three laboratories led by UT Southwestern faculty members. The institute will eventually include 150 scientists in 15 laboratories.
- Physicians from our Heart Center are actively engaged in collaborative studies with the Pediatric Heart Network, a national effort to better understand heart disease in children, and to develop more effective treatments. The Pediatric Heart Network is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
- Our Heart Center was one of only a few programs to be selected to participate in the PumpKIN clinical trials (Pumps for Kids, Infants, and Neonates). The purpose of the program is to explore the potential benefit of devices to help children born with congenital heart defects or those who develop heart failure.
- In 2012, Children’s Health℠ became the first pediatric hospital in the Southwest to offer the Impella, a device that reduces the need for open-heart surgery.
- Our Heart Center serves as one of the study sites for the Berlin Heart, a device that is designed to assist patients who cannot pump enough blood with their own natural hearts. The Berlin Heart received FDA approval for use in children in 2012.
- Our pediatric catheterization lab is one of only three in the nation equipped with state-of-the-art imaging that significantly reduces radiation levels.