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Thrive Program

Thrive Program

Caring for our region’s most fragile patients for more than 35 years, we have more experience than any other program in Texas.

Most babies at Children's Health℠ in the Thrive Program were born at a very low birth weight. Weighing three pounds or less at birth, these children are usually very premature and face the highest risk of complications in their first years of life.

We also see bigger babies who have experienced serious or complex conditions in the NICU and would thus benefit from specialized follow-up care.

Treatments and Services

    • Acute and common illnesses
    • Well child visits including immunizations
    • Developmental delays: Occupational and Physical Therapy
    • Emotional/behavioral concerns
    • Family support services
    • Hearing problems
    • Home health services (coordination)
    • Slow and rapid growth
    • Speech delays and difficulty feeding
    • Vision
    • Referral to sub-specialties

Program Highlights

Caring for our region’s most fragile patients for more than 35 years, we have more experience than any other program in Texas. Thrive (formerly Low Birth Weight) provides follow up care for more than 250 new NICU graduates from various hospitals every year and has over 1100 ongoing patients.

  • Comprehensive care: We are one of only a few programs in Texas that provide a full medical home for NICU graduates. This means we coordinate all of your baby’s medical and non-medical needs.
  • Continuity of Care: Part of what makes our program unique is that you work with the same dedicated nurse practitioner or physician assistant, who sees your child for well and sick visits, manages the child’s medical care in conjunction with the rest of the medical team and under the supervision of the Thrive medical director. This same practitioner is on call 24/7 to help you with your child’s urgent after-hours medical needs as well.
  • Effective care: Thrive has been shown to decrease admissions to the hospital and save healthcare dollars when compared to a standard clinic approach (Broyles S. et al. JAMA 284(16): 270-276, 2000).
  • Research: We participate in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network, which assesses outcomes of neonatal care.

What to Expect

After leaving the NICU, your baby will come home with unique and complex medical challenges. Our medical team delivers evidence-based care, that has been shown to help babies thrive and decrease their risk of complications.

We monitor your baby’s overall health, coordinate specialized care for complicated diagnoses and evaluate his or her developmental progress.

Meet the Care Team