As the eighth largest pediatric health care provider in the nation, Children’s Health℠ offers comprehensive care for the region’s sickest children. While the nurses, doctors, and other specialists also treat the simple conditions that affect children from birth to age 18, their world-class expertise makes them uniquely qualified to provide care for the most complex conditions through more than 50 subspecialty programs.
Children’s Health offers advanced treatments for conditions such as heart disease, cystic fibrosis, and hematology-oncology, among others. It offers the latest therapies for all forms of pediatric cancer and is the only pediatric cancer program designated by the National Cancer Institute.
Highly trained neonatologists and advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioners use state-of-the-art equipment and technology in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide cutting edge treatments for highly complex illnesses and save the lives of critically ill newborns. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognized the unit’s exceptional quality of care by bestowing its highest designation of Level IV NICU.
In The Heart Center, specialists address the entire range of pediatric cardiovascular diseases and defects, leading the way in innovative treatment of highly complex cases. The Pediatric Heart Transplant Center, one of only two in Texas, has the only Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program in North Texas, allowing it to provide care in the interim before transplant. Experts at Children’s Health have performed the state’s first combined heart-liver transplant, and have completed more than 200 pediatric heart transplants since performing the Center’s first in 1988. Since then, it’s had the highest volume of pediatric heart transplants in the state and has performed the greatest number of transplants in children younger than age five. More than 600 operations and nearly 400 open-heart procedures are carried out annually at The Heart Center.
Children’s Health is also the leader in other advanced transplant services for patients in the region and around the world, with one of the largest comprehensive pediatric transplant centers in the country. The first liver transplant was done here in 1984, and the center has regularly performed the highest number of pediatric kidney, intestinal and immune deficiency transplants in North Texas.
In the Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, a highly experienced multidisciplinary team working in state-of-the-art facilities meets the highest global standard of care for the use of cellular therapies such as stem cell transplants, as evidenced by accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. Physicians working in the program are pioneers in pediatric hematology research, contributing to advanced treatment protocols.
Faculty members of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on staff at Children’s Health participate in nationally recognized clinical research that is paving the way for greater understanding of pediatric diseases and the development of advanced treatments in programs devoted to infections disease, kidney disease, pharmacology, sickle cell disease, psychiatry, neonatology, cardiothoracic disease, and more. As a result, the National Institutes of Health includes Children’s Health among its 14 sanctioned national pediatric research centers.