Texas Children’s talks infectious disease preparedness, expansion project
On Thursday, Nov. 20, Mark W. Kline, M.D., physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital explained the evolving threat of infectious diseases to more than 500 guests at Texas Children’s Hospital’s The Forum Luncheon in The Woodlands. Kline explained how and why Texas Children’s is uniquely prepared to provide expert diagnosis, management and treatment of infectious diseases, no matter how common or rare they are. Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, discussed the progress of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, which is slated to open in 2017, as well as the hospital’s dedication to expansion system wide.
Texas Children’s will be adding 19 floors to the existing building base next to Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. The 25-floor tower is slated to be completed in 2018 and will house a 130-bed intensive care unit, new operating rooms with the latest technology and Texas Children’s Heart Center, including the cardiovascular operating rooms and the cardiovascular intensive care unit. The hospital’s plans also include renovation of the Emergency Center, as well as other areas in the hospital’s West Tower. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services will be located throughout the new spaces so care can be delivered close to patients.
This expansion will be supported through the hospital’s $475 million Promise Campaign, the goal of which is to support critical care services at Texas Children’s Hospital’s main campus, specifically redesigning and expanding the Emergency Center, Critical Care, and Surgery/PACU areas. This campaign will also encompass other expansion projects throughout the system as well, including Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands and other programmatic needs.