Texas Children's Hospital began with a promise in 1954 - to dedicate ourselves to healing sick children. From 106 beds to 650, we've grown into one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive health care organizations in the world. We now average more than 3.3 million patient encounters annually and rank fourth in the country for children's care.
Our founding fathers, James S. Abercrombie and Leopold L. Meyer had a vision for Texas Children’s. They envisioned a hospital that would serve all children regardless of their families’ ability to pay. They wanted it to be a children’s hospital that would not just serve the Houston community but the Texas community – hence the name, Texas Children’s Hospital.
On February 1, 1954 their vision was realized. As one of the first organizations in the Texas Medical Center, Texas Children’s became the first hospital in Houston dedicated solely to healing sick children.
With custom-designed medical equipment, child-friendly décor and colorful furnishings, Texas Children’s treated 4,558 patients that first year.
From our modest beginnings, Texas Children’s has continued robust expansion in our facilities, clinical programs and patient population.
Texas Children’s now includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility, focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017.
We also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first health maintenance organization (HMO) for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the United States; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics; and The Center for Children and Women, a primary care medical home for Texas Children’s Health Plan members.
In just 60 years, Texas Children’s has grown significantly, not only in size, but also success.