Texas Children’s has some of the most talented physicians, surgeons and researchers in the world — and patients and their families deserve nothing less. But not a day goes by when one of Texas Children’s most notable experts isn’t being recruited by another leading children’s hospital, some of which have been in existence for a century longer than Texas Children’s and have at least twice as many endowed chairs.
When it comes to recruiting the best and brightest — and keeping them long term — endowed chairs are the most powerful tool. With support from the Promise Campaign, our goal is to double the current number of endowed chairs, providing significant funds to begin innovative research projects or launch new programs.
Divisions and Centers of Excellence
From its world-class neurology and cardiology departments to a comprehensive Fetal Center that is one of only a few in the world, Texas Children’s offers specialty services for children who require complex care. Philanthropic support for these programs helps bring comfort and healing to children from this community and from across the world.
Texas Children’s Hospital:
- implanted a temporary artificial heart into a young boy awaiting transplant — a first for a pediatric hospital.
- treats more children with cancer than any other organization in the country.
- is home to the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the first of its kind in the world dedicated to finding cures and treatments for neurological illnesses from autism and epilepsy to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
It is because of these accomplishments — and the many miracles performed here every day — that Texas Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s top five children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
More than 50 percent of Texas Children’s Hospital’s patients get their health care coverage from Medicaid or CHIP, while some have no insurance at all. Texas Children’s provides more than $150 million in charity care and community benefits each year. This investment on the part of the hospital truly serves its core community: the majority of children who receive this assistance live in Harris County or one of the seven surrounding counties at the time of their treatment.
The Parker Family
The Parker family is one example. Tracey had been laid off and Xavius had recently started a new job, so neither had health insurance when their daughter Skylin needed surgery for a ruptured appendix. But the charity care program at Texas Children’s Hospital covered the cost of her treatment and helped the family through a difficult time.