Life-changing moments. Every day of 2011 included 24 hours of life-changing moments within the walls of Children's Medical Center. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, our experts provided specialized, compassionate care to children and the families who love them. “I know my child is in good hands at Children's,” a grateful mom says, “They treat our children as their own.”
Excellent health care takes many hands. In the hospital and in the community, Children's relies on helping hands, giving hands, skilled hands, loving hands. Your hand of support helps to make life better for our children. Every gift makes it more likely that each child treated here will lead a healthy, productive life. Come celebrate all that Children's has done in 2011 one day at a time, because of one gift at a time.
Think of it. Behind every number, every percentage point, every dollar is one family's story.
That story is told and retold about the time their child needed help -- and Children's was there.
You notice it from the moment you walk in the doors. Children's is the best place for each child's care. From the warm greeting at the front desk to the compassionate staff to the expert leading the treatment.
This high level of compassion and care is made possible through the generous financial support of our community of friends. Together we support Children's commitment to care individually for every child who comes through our doors.
Serious illness and lengthy hospital stays can be emotionally, logistically and socially taxing on patients and families.
Children's offers many services to help with the hospital experience, including Social Work, Pastoral Care, School Services, Language Access Services and Child Life. Because these services are not reimbursed by insurance and many families could not afford to pay for them, Children's relies on our generous supporters who make possible this care that not only touches a child's health, but also their heart.
Rylynn lived most of her first three years in the cardiac intensive care unit at Children's. Born on May 1, 2009 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – only half of a normal heart – she has endured three open heart surgeries.
When Jakyron smiles, he lights up the room.
This wasn't always the case. Jakyron was born with a cleft lip and palate—something a parent never expects to see in their perfect newborn's face. When his parents came to Children's, they put their precious newborn in the care of Dr. Alex Kane, a pediatric plastic surgeon.
No matter the illness or injury, we're here. That means not only treating the conditions but also researching new ways to achieve optimal outcomes. Our relationship with UT Southwestern Medical Center, a top-tier medical school, gives Children's access to experts who push the frontiers of research across a broad array of medical services.
In March, Children's and UT Southwestern launched the Children's Medical Center Research Institute (CRI). The institute will focus on the discovery of transformative advances related to the understanding and treatment of cancer, birth defects and metabolic diseases.
Dr. Sean Morrison, Ph.D., an internationally recognized pioneer in stem cell research, was named founding director of the CRI and is the principle investigator for the new Hamon Laboratory for Stem Cell and Cancer Biology. Dr. Morrison was hired away from the University of Michigan where he was the director of the university's Center for Stem Cell Biology.
Children's enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the finest pediatric facilities in the United States. We feel honored to serve North Texas families and are grateful that our work has been recognized and praised. We are proud of our achievements because it means the children who come to us for help receive high quality care. Celebrate with us these symbols of successes.
Your generosity is a true gift to the children we serve.
Thank you for your financial support, which ensures that every child and family who comes to Children's will receive the best possible care. Your gifts allow Children's to recruit and retain the best surgeons, doctors and nurses; advance pioneering research; and provide compassionate care for children and their families.
Your support helped make life better for children like Annabella, Jakyron and Rylynn, and establish advanced medical research like what has begun at the Children's Research Institute at UT Southwestern.
Every gift to Children's provides the catalyst for care delivery to all children, and helps make it more likely that every child has the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life. Thank you for making life better for our children, one gift at a time.