Introducing the renamed Texas Children’s Pulmonary Hypertension Center
As of December 2020, the former Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Texas Children’s Hospital was designated as the Pulmonary Hypertension Center by executive leadership and the board. The newly-minted PH Center was officially unveiled in a COVID-friendly function in March. To mark the milestone, Dr. James Versalovic, Pathologist-in-Chief and Interim Pediatrician-in-Chief, presented Dr. Peter Hiatt, Chief of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, and Dr. Nidhy Varghese, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center, along with the entire PH Center team, with a commemorative plaque.
One of just eight institutions accredited as a pediatric comprehensive care center, the PH Center is a part of Texas Children’s section of pulmonary medicine, which routinely ranks in the top three U.S. News & World Report list annually. Dating back to its launch in 2001, the PH Center has seen significant expansion over the last several years and is among the largest pulmonary hypertension centers in the country.
At its core, the new name highlights the PH Center’s status as a medical home for high-quality, compassionate and comprehensive care. A hallmark of the PH Center is the highly-specialized, multi-disciplinary care provided to patients from providers across the institution who bring expertise from pulmonary medicine, cardiology, critical care and advanced nursing practice. The team routinely collaborates closely with a spectrum of specialists, including pediatric intensivists, neonatologists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, pediatric surgeons, pharmacists, palliative care providers, and child life specialists, among many others. The PH Center treats infants, children and teens on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Looking ahead, the PH Center has an eye on growth from adding new providers to expanding research efforts.