When he was less than a year old, Bennett was diagnosed with asthma. One day, he was struggling to breathe, and his parents took him to a local hospital near their home in The Woodlands. But his diagnosis of adenoviral pneumonia meant that he was in dire need of more specialized care. Barely breathing and with a temperature of 104 degrees, Bennett was rushed to Texas Children’s campus at the Texas Medical Center — more than 30 miles away.
But what if the ambulance hadn’t arrived in time?
There are too many stories like Bennett’s — stories of families who were faced with a literal race against time just so that they could get the care they needed. When a crisis strikes, every second counts, and lives are at risk.
The pediatric population in The Woodlands and surrounding areas will grow to nearly 380,000 in the next three years. No family should have to drive 30, 40, 50 miles for dedicated pediatric care. That’s too far.
Sitting in gridlocked traffic is no place to be when a child’s life is hanging in the balance. The communities north of Houston deserve the same quality, dedicated pediatric care that families experience in the Texas Medical Center.
To meet the growing needs of a sprawling community, the Promise Campaign will support the construction of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, bringing world-class care where it’s needed most — close to home.
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands will include:
- An outpatient tower opening in 2016 with specialty medical services including cancer, cardiology, allergy/immunology/rheumatology, and diabetes/endocrinology.
- An inpatient tower opening in 2017 with the only dedicated pediatric emergency center and PICU in the region.
“This community deserves advanced, seamlessly coordinated care. We are committed to meeting the needs of the people we serve, and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands has been designed from top to bottom with these children and families in mind.”
— Michelle Riley-Brown, President
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
A Q & A with the Leadership of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
What are you most excited about for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands?
Michelle: I’m thrilled about really being part of that community. Building this hospital gives us the opportunity to bring Texas Children’s world-class pediatric care to more children who need our help and the level of expertise we can provide.
Dr. Hankins: I’m excited about the chance to get involved in building a team and selling our vision of what we want this hospital to be. We have the opportunity to get new health care providers as enthused about what we’re doing here as we already are. I’m also excited about introducing our care team to the community and the community to them.
If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Michelle: There are so many, but I’m going to say Oprah — not because she’s such a celebrity, but because she’s presented so many inspirational people to the world. I think that’s a wonderful gift.
Dr. Hankins: If I could go back in time, I would love to meet the signers of the Constitution. I would love to listen to them and ask if they had any concept of the government we have today. Is it exactly what they envisioned, or is it something completely different?
What was your “aha” moment in terms of your career?
Michelle: My “aha” moment really came when I decided on my second career. I spent seven years with Aetna as a liability/bodily injury claims adjustor. But I come from a medical family – my father is a surgeon, my brother is a physician, I have two sisters who are nurses and one who is hospital administrator. Health care is in my blood – it just took me a little while to realize how passionate I am about it!
Dr. Hankins: My “aha” moment didn’t really have anything to do with my becoming a doctor, but with deciding what kind of doctor I was going to be. I remember driving home after my first day on the pediatrics rotation and thinking, “That was fun.” And then choosing neonatology – it wasn’t even just the babies, it was watching everyone work together as a well-coordinated team.
What is your promise?
Michelle: My promise is to always keep patients and families at the front of every decision we make.
Dr. Hankins: 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.