Our story began with our first patient, 3-year-old Lamaina Leigh Van Wagner, who was referred by her pediatrician for a kidney disorder. Her brief yet historic visit on February 1, 1954, officially marked the opening of Texas Children’s Hospital.
At the time, there were only three hospital services established – Cardiology, Radiology and Surgery.
Fulfilling the founders’ mission to heal sick children, early physician pioneers planted the seeds that would transform Texas Children’s into an internationally renowned leader in pediatric patient care.
From those early days, we’ve grown to provide care in more than 40 pediatric subspecialties.
The vast array of services range from Gastroenterology and Nutrition Service, Allergy and Immunology, and Neurology, which is one of the largest pediatric neurology programs in the United States; to the world-class cancer and hematology centers, Texas Children’s offers specialty services for children needing care. From the seeds planted in the early days, Texas Children’s is creating a brighter and healthier future for children.
Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women
In 2012, Texas Children’s entered a new era of patient care with the opening of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, one of the nation’s premier centers for women’s, fetal and newborn health. Because taking care of children’s health begins with taking care of mothers, the Pavilion for Women delivers high quality care to women during every stage of their reproductive lives.
The Pavilion for Women is home to Texas Children’s Fetal Center™, one of only a few centers in the United States to offer the full spectrum of fetal therapies. Here, mothers have access to fetal therapies including fetal surgery and fetal intervention. For infants in need of specialized care, Texas Children’s provides access to the highest level (level IV) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as pediatric subspecialties.
Recently, the Fetal Center and the Texas Children’s pediatric teams cared for conjoined twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata. This historic case is one that demonstrates the compassion, knowledge and expertise available at Texas Children’s.