Promise: The Campaign for Texas Children’s Hospital has focused on expanding our footprint and enhancing our services. Both Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands — which recently celebrated its first anniversary — and our new Legacy Tower are perfect examples.
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
In November 2013, Texas Children’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Our second community hospital was planned and designed specifically to fulfill a need in communities north of Houston: bringing our expertise closer to home for the many patients and families who had been making the trek to our Medical Center campus for so long.
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands opened in April 2017. Based on the hospital’s reception from the community during its first year, the need for it was even greater than we had anticipated.
|Surgeries and special procedures||6,222|
|Emergency Center visits||31,852|
|Average length of stay||4.51 days|
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Meanwhile, the need at our campus in the Texas Medical Center was just as great. In the fall of 2013, our hospital was full. Day after day, we were on drive-by status. Other hospitals were calling, wanting to transport their most critically ill patients for whom they could do nothing more — but we could not accept those transports because we had no room.
It was a dire situation, and soon the Board of Trustees approved another project: the construction of Legacy Tower. This state-of-the art building allows us to consolidate and enhance our surgery, pediatric intensive care and cardiac services. Legacy Tower will provide an additional 640,000 square feet of space and will house:
|Pediatric and transitional intensive care units||4 floors, 84 beds|
|Cardiovascular intensive care units||48 beds|
|Cardiology acute care unit||42 beds|
|Cardiovascular operating rooms||4|
|Heart Center exam rooms||27|
Legacy Tower move-in is proceeding in two phases, the first of which was completed on May 22 with operating rooms and intensive care units. When Phase 2 is complete on September 25, Legacy Tower will also have a helistop and will be the new home of Texas Children’s Heart Center.
The most important thing about Legacy Tower is that it will enable Texas Children’s physicians and surgeons to provide even more critically ill children who require the most specialized care that only we can provide.