Support for Texas Children’s Comes in All Sizes

A group of first graders and their teachers recently demonstrated how education and charity can work together to create remarkable outcomes. No matter how large or small, donations can make a big difference at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The First Graders from Presbyterian School Present Their Donation to Texas Children's Hospital

This past year at Presbyterian School in Houston’s Museum District, two first grade teachers, Megan Blandford and Rachel Hadcock, came up with an educational project to benefit their students and the greater Houston community. As part of their math curriculum last fall, the students were taught how to count using coin combinations. In order to teach the students how to apply this new skill to real life situations, the first graders were assigned a project that required them to collect spare change throughout the year and individually count their coins. The students then researched, selected and visited an organization to which they could donate the money at the end of the year.

The first graders presented their project, made posters and placed milk jugs around the school campus to collect any spare change from other students and the community. Eventually, the class selected Texas Children’s Hospital as the recipient of their collected money. In March, the entire class took a field trip to learn more about the hospital. At the end of the school year, Blandford and Hadcock gave each student an individual bag of coins to count, then the class worked together to add up the grand total of their donation.

In all, the students raised and donated a total of $601.46 to Texas Children’s to support the hospital’s area of greatest need, proving that anyone, young or old, can make a difference for our community.


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Texas Children’s Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals In U.S.

Texas Children’s Hospital announced it’s rankings in U.S News & World Report’s yearly list of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.  The following was posted today by Mark A. Wallace, President and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital on Texas Children’s blog, Medicine | Milestones | Miracles.


Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its list of Best Children’s Hospitals, which names the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals based on a combination of surveys, research and data gathering.

I’m thrilled to share that the rankings were released this morning, and Texas Children’s Hospital has again been named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

We’re #1 in Houston. We’re #1 in Texas.

One of only 11 hospitals in the nation to achieve the Honor Roll designation, Texas Children’s is the only hospital in Texas — and the entire southern region of the U.S. — awarded this distinction.

Here’s a closer look at how we ranked in each category:

For Texas Children’s Hospital and our academic partner Baylor College of Medicine, it’s a tremendous honor to receive such high accolades. These rankings reflect the hard work and dedication of each member of the Texas Children’s workforce — from doctors and nurses to researchers and clinicians.

But even more importantly, being ranked as a top pediatric hospital in the nation reiterates just how committed Texas Children’s is to creating a community of health children locally, nationally and internationally. Our goal has and always will be to heal sick children by providing the finest pediatric care, education and research.

Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks to our community for your continued support.


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Texas Children’s West Campus Welcomes New Neighbors

Gather your family and friends this Saturday, April 9, 2011, and join us for our Community Celebration and Children’s Festival,  marking the official grand opening of Texas Children’s West Campus. Enjoy free entertainment, refreshments and activities—including moonwalks, a rock wall, slides, pony rides, a petting zoo and more.

The event will be held from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. at the brand-new West Campus facility (18200 Katy Freeway). Free parking will be available at nearby Wood Group building, with shuttle transportation to the event. Please see the map below for directions to the parking facility.

 

Texas Children’s West Campus is a state-of-the-art pediatric hospital located in West Houston. The new facility provides a full range of world-class pediatric services to support this fast-growing area, giving local families quick and convenient access—in their own community—to the same quality of care available at Texas Children’s in the Texas Medical Center.


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New Texas Children’s Center for Global Health Announced

Russell E. Ware, M.D., Director of Texas Children's Center for Global Health

Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) yesterday announced the creation of the Texas Children’s Center for Global Health and the appointment of renowned physician-scientist Russell E. Ware, M.D., as director.

Focusing primarily on medically underserved populations, Texas Children’s Center for Global Health will address major causes of child morbidity and mortality globally. It will also provide screening, treatment and education to positively impact critical global health issues affecting children such as sickle cell disease, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and cancer.

The center will build upon the fifteen years of experience and expertise of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI), which operates a network of clinics and satellite centers across southern and eastern Africa and in Eastern Europe. BIPAI clinics provide HIV/AIDS treatment for about 80,000 children, more than any other program worldwide.

 “Through BIPAI, we have learned how to create collaborative programs in developing nations that dramatically change the outlook for children affected by life-threatening but treatable disease,” said Mark W. Kline, M.D.,  physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital, chair of pediatrics at BCM and founder of BIPAI. “We believe it is our moral obligation to use this knowledge in treating other diseases — to create programs that can literally change the world by positively impacting the health of children and families.”

BIPAI-supported Bugando Medical Center, Tanzania

According to Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, this increased global focus is a logical next step in the shared commitment of BCM and Texas Children’s as international leaders in pediatric healthcare. “Located in the heart of a city as globally diverse as Houston, our two institutions share a history of caring for children from all over the world,” he said. “Even as we continue to expand services in our own community, our mission compels us to reach out to the most disadvantaged children around the world where our efforts can literally save lives.”

Led by Dr. Ware, the first initiative of Texas Children’s Center for Global Health will be a screening and treatment program for sickle cell disease in Luanda, Angola. Annually more than 6,000 babies in that country are born with sickle cell disease and most are undiagnosed, contributing substantially to the high mortality rate for children under age five. More than 20% of Angola’s adult population carries the gene that causes sickle cell disease.

An internationally-recognized expert in the field of pediatric hematology, Ware comes to Texas Children’s Hospital and BCM from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis where he was Lemuel Diggs Endowed Chair of Sickle Cell Disease and the chair of the Department of Hematology. In addition to directing Texas Children’s Center for Global Health, Ware will serve as director of a new Texas Children’s Hematology Center and as professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. The hematology center will serve children locally and globally, expanding current efforts at Texas Children’s, especially in the areas of sickle cell disease, hemostasis and thrombosis, bone marrow failure and immunohematology.

Dr. Ware recently led a team from Texas Children’s Center for Global Health to the Republic of Angola, where an agreement was signed with the country’s Ministry of Health on March 22 for a pilot program to screen newborns for sickle cell disease in two large maternity hospitals located in the city of Luanda. The screening program is slated to begin later this summer and is being supported by funding from Chevron Corporation.


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Program for Multiples Continues to Grow

Dr. Kenneth Moise, Jr., M.D., Director of Program for Multiples

On March 13, the Houston Chronicle published an Opinion-Editorial (Op-Ed) written by Kenneth Moise, Jr., M.D., medical director for Program for Multiples at Texas Children’s Fetal Center and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Op-Ed, entitled Multiple pregnancies are due special care, acknowledges the rise in the number of multiples and discusses what the experts at Texas Children’s Fetal Center are doing to help expectant mothers combat risks involved with their pregnancies.

Moise highlights Program for Multiples, which provides mothers who are expecting multiples with a personalized one-day consultation about their pregnancy, and the invaluable benefits the program provides.

The article focuses on new standards of care, including new guidelines for nutrition that have been proven to decrease the risk of prematurity and increase birth weight in twins. Moise also discusses ways to detect any potential risks that may be involved with a multiples pregnancy, such as Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and the need to correct issues as early as possible.

The editorial was published in the Sunday, March 13, 2011 print edition and can be read here on the Chron.com website.


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A mother’s heartfelt thanks for giving her daughter a new life

Ciara with big brother, Nikko, and mom, Christine

At Texas Children’s Hospital, our specialists treat children from all over the world, providing the most up-to-date therapies available for even the most serious conditions.  Families have come to know that for children who need a second chance at life, this is the place to be.

Most new parents do not even consider the possibility that their child may be born with a heart problem. The reality, however, is that each year in the United States, thousands of infants struggle from their first breath to overcome serious heart defects that may affect them for the rest of their lives.

Ciara was one of those infants, and the care she received at Texas Children’s Hospital saved her life.  Ciara’s mother, Christine, recently sent us the letter below and asked us to share it with our donors:

I want to let you know the difference your support makes for children like my precious Ciara by sharing with you how she is doing today. When Ciara was not even 4-months-old, she had a heart transplant. I never would have imagined that a heart transplant was possible for a baby. What Texas Children’s did is truly remarkable.

No one else could have saved her. I never thought I would be able to see Ciara graduate from college, get married or start a family of her own. Today, Ciara is almost 3- years- old and so full of energy, running, jumping and barely taking a break to catch her breath.

Ciara’s energy level is even more astounding because she has just been diagnosed with transplant coronary artery disease. Before Ciara’s heart transplant, her doctors explained to us that most heart transplant patients develop this disease, but it is generally years later. She is now on medication. In all likelihood, Ciara will have another transplant.

It means so much to have Ciara in our lives. I feel so blessed to have her. Every day I tell her how much I love her. She loves playing outside with her big brother, Nikko. She tries to boss him around, and Nikko is so gentle and patient with her. Ciara is always laughing and smiling and singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Texas Children’s, and wonderful supporters like you, gave Ciara a second chance at life. I know Texas Children’s will give her a third. We can never thank you and the amazing surgeons and doctors at Texas Children’s enough.

From our family to yours,

Christine, Nikko and Ciara

As you can see your support truly does make a difference—for our patients and their families. To find out how you can support Texas Children’s Hospital, visit www.texaschildrens.org/donate.

For more information about the Texas Children’s Heart Center and our Heart Transplant Program, visit http://www.texaschildrens.org/carecenters/heart/.


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New Center for Pediatric HIV/AIDS Opens in Tanzania

The Baylor College of Medicine-Texas Children's Hospital-Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence Photograph by Smiley Pool

It’s half a world away, but that’s not stopping physicians from Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine from working to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. On February 7, 2011, officials gathered to dedicate the Baylor College of Medicine-Texas Children’s Hospital-Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence located in Mwanza, Tanzania.

In association with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI), the new Centre of Excellence will serve families and children in Mwanza and its surrounding regions, providing increased access to care for a population of almost 9 million people. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 2,300,000 children between birth and 14-years-old are infected with HIV/AIDS. Of them, an estimated 160,000 live in Tanzania.

The new facility will be opened on the grounds of the Bugando Medical Centre, the region’s 900-bed, tertiary referral hospital. It will allow healthcare workers to care for an increased number of children and will offer a greater infrastructure for training current and future HIV/AIDS care providers. Established through a public-private partnership between BIPAI, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of Tanzania, the center is expected to care for at least 5,000 HIV-infected and affected children and their families by 2013.

Founded in 1996 by Texas Children’s Physician-in-Chief Mark W. Kline, M.D., BIPAI now gives HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more children than any other organization worldwide, providing services in nine African countries, as well as Mexico and Romania.

For more information about BIPAI and for details on how you can help support the program, visit www.texaschildrens.org/bipai.


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