Linda Russell, CEO of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, recently announced the opening of the Pediatric Center—located on the fifth floor of the hospital— now offering emergency, inpatient and intensive care services for children ages 17 years and
under. “The Woman’s Hospital of Texas has long been a leader in providing exceptional care to women and neonates,” said Linda Russell, CEO of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.
“We are proud to expand that level of highquality care to include our youngest patients by opening the Pediatric Center.”Parent Susan Lopez delivered both her girls at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Lopez says, “I originally chose to have my babies at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas because this was the only hospital where my doctor would deliver babies. But if I had to make the choice again, I would still choose The Woman’s Hospital of Texas because of the exceptional care the staff provides, and now its new Pediatric Center offers the nurturing environment that moms want for their children.”
The staff will provide the same high quality, personalized, compassionate care to children that Houston women have received for nearly 40 years. Now, the hospital that delivers more babies than any other hospital in Houston will provide continuity of care for children from conception to adulthood. At nearly 24,000 square feet, the Pediatric Center will provide a separate, dedicated 6-bed emergency department, an 18-bed medical/surgical inpatient unit and a 14-bed pediatric intensive care unit. The Pediatric Center will provide an array of pediatric services, including emergency medicine, pediatric surgery and critical care services, along with a wide range of pediatric specialties for consultation and treatment, including cardiology, ENT, urology and others, by some of Texas’ finest boardcertified pediatric physicians. There will be a dedicated waiting room in the Emergency Department and a special children’s play room and a teen room on the medical/surgical inpatient unit. A kid-friendly menu will also be available.
Our goal is to be a resource that will direct people to the appropriate level of care andsetting – one that is conducive to helping patients get better.”
Modeled after the first clinic in Humble, this walk-in clinic provides rapid access to initial psychiatric treatment and outpatient multi-disciplinary services for patients with no immediate access to mental health care. The idea is to keep individuals healthy and safe, develop processes and interventions to manage challenging behaviors, and reduce improper hospitalization or incarceration.
Last year, the Memorial Hermann more than 6,200 evaluations and found increasingly complicated co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders, few available inpatient psychiatric beds, even fewer inpatient options to treat complex cooccurring disorders, and limited outpatient services to meet patient needs.
Using 14 years of data from 10 Memorial Hermann emergency rooms and valuable input from law enforcement, personal care homes, consumer representatives, other area psychiatric hospitals, and public and private community behavioral health services providers; Memorial Hermann will identify the locations for the two remaining clinics in key underserved areas.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has supported the move to create more mental health resources saying previously that: “We must move away from a crisis-based system that leaves our law enforcement officers, our jails, and our emergency rooms as defacto mental health providers. With more than 25 percent of the approximately 9,000 inmates on psychotropic medication, I’m running the state’s largest mental health facility- the Harris County Jail. There must be a better solution, and I applaud Memorial Hermann for its efforts to be part of that solution.”