Progress on Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands over the last one-and-a-half years has been nothing short of extraordinary, and the excitement continues to build!
The new facilities that will serve communities north of Houston were the focus of The Forum Luncheon The Woodlands last spring, where guests enjoyed a 3-D virtual tour of the emergency center, an inpatient room, the pediatric intensive care unit, the physical medicine and rehabilitation unit, and an operating room. To emphasize the critical need for more dedicated pediatric care in these communities, the audience also heard from several patient families whose children’s lives were saved by the world-class care they received at Texas Children’s. However, each of these families faced a literal race against time and Houston traffic to receive the specialty care that was then available only at the Texas Medical Center campus. Soon, that same expertise and subspecialty care will be available close to home.
Donors Dawn and Richard Rawson also discussed the motivation behind their gift and challenged others in the community to join them in supporting Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.
At the Forum Luncheon The Woodlands last fall, the presentations focused Texas Children’s most important assets — its people. Guests were treated to a panel discussion on three specialty service lines that will be available at the new hospital: Sports Medicine, Oncology/Hematology and Otolaryngology. Tenured Texas Children’s faculty members Drs. Al Hergenroeder, Susan Blaney and Carla Giannoni introduced some stellar recruits in these areas — Drs. Kristen Ernest, Michael Gleason and Charles Hughes. Donors Marta and Steve Pate, on behalf of the entire Pate family, and Shirley and Ralph Alexander spoke about the philanthropic spirit inherent in The Woodlands, what motivated them to give so generously, and the need for others to join in helping Texas Children’s Hospital increase its access to care.
Last August, Texas Children’s Hospital and Tellepsen Builders celebrated the topping out of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands with more than 700 members of the community in attendance. Traditionally, a topping out is a builders’ rite held when the last beam or structural element is put in place during construction. Usually, a small tree or branch is adorned with flags or ribbons and raised to the top of the new structure.
To commemorate this exciting milestone, a Promise Campaign tree — decorated with promises from Texas Children’s leadership team and employees to current and future patients — was hoisted, as President and CEO Mark A. Wallace spoke to guests about what will be the region’s first and only dedicated children’s hospital and emergency center.
Now, we are just a few weeks away from the opening on October 4 of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Medical Office Building, which will house our subspecialty outpatient clinics. The inpatient tower will open in April 2017, complete with a pediatric emergency center, four operating rooms, 28 intensive care beds, 12 radiology rooms, a helipad and more than 1,000 free parking spaces.
At Texas Children’s, one of our promises is to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands is one of the ways we are keeping that promise.
The Woodlands Leadership Team
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Shilt, Chief Surgical Officer, to the leadership team at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.
Dr. Shilt comes to Texas Children’s from St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, where he was an active pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the hospital’s Spasticity Clinic and motion analysis lab for children and adults. Prior to his time in Idaho, he held positions as associate professor and residency program director at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Dr. Shilt’s research interests include management of spasticity in cerebral palsy, sports performance and treatment of endurance sports injuries.
Dr. Jeffrey Shilt
Chief Surgical Officer
“My promise is to rise to the expectations of patient satisfaction in our community by providing state-of-the-art, top-notch surgical services.”
“My promise is to always keep patients and families at the front of every decision we make.”
Dr. Charles Hankins
Chief Medical Officer
“My promise is that each and every day, we will roll up our sleeves and dig in to make health care in this community better than it was the day before.”
Spring 2016 Forum Luncheons
This spring, Texas Children’s Hospital presented two very special Forum Luncheons in Houston and The Woodlands. Both programs paid tribute to the legacy of David Vetter, arguably the most famous patient ever treated at Texas Children’s. David was born in September 1971 with a primary immune disorder known as severe combined immune deficiency (SCID). With his body unable to protect itself against infection, David lived for 12 years inside a series of plastic isolation units at Texas Children’s Hospital and in his home near The Woodlands.
Between the two events, nearly 1,000 people gathered to hear a panel of experts in the field of immunology at Texas Children’s: Dr. William Shearer, former section chief of Allergy and Immunology; Dr. Celine Hanson, a long-time physician in the Allergy and Immunology service; and Dr. Jordan Orange, section chief of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology. They discussed a variety of topics, including the incredible impact the knowledge gained from David’s life is still making in the field of immunology today, why newborn screening is so important, and research and treatment advances in immunology on the horizon. At The Woodlands event, guests were treated to a wonderful performance by the choir of David Elementary School, named after the late David Vetter and located in The Woodlands.
Each year, this school holds the David Dream Run. All proceeds support the David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, which provides care in many areas, including allergy, asthma, immune dysfunction and HIV/AIDS. For the past two years, all proceeds from David’s Dream Run have supported the newly established David Clinic, which will be housed at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Dr. Javier Chinen — who many years ago cold-called the state health department along with Drs. Shearer and Hanson to lobby for required newborn screening for SCID in Texas — was introduced as the director of the David Clinic.
Carol Ann Demaret, David’s mother, concluded each event by speaking about David’s life and the inspiration it provides to so many — even today. She was joined on the stage by three patient families whose children were born with SCID and are now living healthy lives thanks to successful bone marrow transplants. These children highlight how far science has come since David’s birth and the incredible knowledge gained from his life. As Mrs. Demaret said of her son, “While he never touched the world, the world was touched by him.”