First-year milestones at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women underscore pediatric hospital's successful expansion into women's healthcare

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HOUSTON,  March 26, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Pavilion
for Women today  marks one  year since it transitioned its labor and delivery
services into the new  $575-million  facility, signaling the pediatric
hospital's major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special
focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births. Drawing from decades of
OB/GYN experience, Texas Children's experts contributed to many first-year
milestones including breakthrough procedures and medical firsts; patient demand
that outpaced hospital expectations; and top marks in patient satisfaction for a
healthcare environment created for women, by women. To see a video that
highlights our first year,  click here.


Despite a 7.6 percent decline in  Harris County  births since 2009, the Pavilion
for Women exceeded its first year projections by 20 percent with more than 4,300
deliveries since opening. In April, less than one month after opening,  Texas'
first surviving set of sextuplets was delivered at the Pavilion for Women,
reinforcing the hospital's expertise as the place for multiples and high-risk
pregnancies. As the year continued, hospital experts delivered one set of
quintuplets, four sets of quadruplets, seven sets of triplets and over 139 sets
of twins.  

Outpatient clinic visits topped 106,000 and nearly 2,500 expectant mothers
toured the facility, providing further evidence of the appeal of the Pavilion
for Women's combination of leading experts, innovative patient care environment
and family-centered maternity care model.  

Ground-breaking procedures and rare cases characterized the year for Texas
Children's Fetal Center in its new home at the Pavilion for Women. Among the
most notable was  Audrina Cardenas, the baby born with her heart outside her
chest, who was delivered at the Pavilion for Women and received all of her care
within the confines of Texas Children's Hospital. The team at Texas Children's
also added two major programs, becoming the first Fetal Center in the Southwest
to perform in-utero fetal cardiac surgery for hypoplastic left heart syndrome
(HLHS) and in-utero fetal endotracheal occlusion (FETO) for the treatment of
congenital diaphragmatic hernia, both potentially lifesaving for fetal patients.
In all, a total of seven in-utero intra-cardiac surgeries were performed by
Texas Children's experts. The FETO procedure is currently offered in only two
U.S. sites and five procedures were performed this year at Texas Children's.  

Other fetal treatment innovations included two in-utero procedures involving the
release of life- and limb-threatening amniotic bands using laser and
microscissors, and fetal cystoscopy to evaluate fetal bladder outlet
obstruction. Texas Children's is also among the few centers in the nation
providing in-utero treatment for spina bifida and has conducted 10 procedures
this year. The center continues to offer laser surgery for twin-to-twin
transfusion syndrome (TTTS).  Eighty-five percent of Fetal Center patients came
from across  Texas  with additional patients coming from 39 other states.  

"The Pavilion for Women has brought together a highly experienced team of
experts and equipped them with the latest technologies in one of the finest
facilities in the world," said Dr.  Michael A. Belfort, obstetrician and
gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital and chairman of the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at  Baylor College of Medicine. "The
response from patients and physicians in our local community and around the
globe has exceeded our own high expectations for this hospital and this new
paradigm to conjoin women's and pediatric medicine."

Designed to care for the highest-risk mothers and babies, over 1,000 Pavilion
for Women newborns received NICU care at Texas Children's Newborn Center, the #2
ranked neonatology program in the nation, according to  U.S. News & World
Report's  2012-13 edition of Best Children's Hospitals.  

It was also a busy first year for high-risk OB/GYN care as the Pavilion for
Women treated more than 90 patients with life threatening pregnancy- and
gynecological-related medical conditions ranging from diseases such as leukemia,
sepsis and diabetic coma to surgical emergencies requiring massive transfusion
and even bowel resection. The Pavilion for Women also added a highly specialized
multi-disciplinary surgical team for the management of placenta
accreta/percreta, and treated 40 mothers with this potentially life-threatening
condition in the last year. Patients included women from the local community and
from across the country.  

To help high-risk obstetrical patients manage their pregnancies closer to home,
the Pavilion for Women expanded its community-based maternal fetal medicine
clinics across  Greater Houston  from one to five sites in the past year. From
locations in  The Woodlands,  Northwest Houston,  West Houston,  Sugar Land  and
The Methodist Hospital the clinics handled more than 16,000 total patient visits
in 2012.  

Since its inception, Texas Children's leaders have stated that the mission of
the Pavilion for Women is to provide comprehensive care for women throughout the
many stages of their lives. Three private OB/GYN practices, Baylor Obstetrics
and Gynecology, The Women's Specialists of  Houston, and Partners in OB/GYN
Care, completed their moves to the Pavilion for Women. The hospital also
recently opened a community-based OB/GYN practice in  Pearland, Texas. The
Pavilion for Women features three other specialty practices that support its
spectrum of care from preconception through menopause: The Family Fertility
Center, The Menopause Center and The Women's Place - Center for Reproductive
Psychiatry. The Women's Place is one of a handful of programs of its kind in the
nation offering care and treatment of women's reproductive mental health issues
and one of the few providing collaborative care within a women's hospital

Efforts invested in creating a unique environment for women, by women were
rewarded with consistently strong scores in patient satisfaction for the overall
patient experience as well as the likelihood of recommending the Pavilion for
Women to others.  

"We set out to improve outcomes for mothers and babies by creating a healthcare
environment where women and their families would feel comforted and supported
throughout their stay," said  Cris Daskevich, senior vice president of Texas
Children's Hospital. "While we continue to look for new ways to enhance our
services and surroundings, we're excited to know that our scores reflect all of
the attention to detail that so many people gave to the design of the facility
as well as the recruiting of the best and brightest care team members to create
an exceptional experience for our patients and families."

Situated in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the 15-story Texas Children's
Pavilion for Women offers a full range of obstetrical and gynecological
services. It is one of a select few hospitals nationwide to offer a full
spectrum of maternal and fetal medicine services that include an array of highly
specialized fetal diagnostic procedures and fetal surgeries. A two-story
circular sky bridge connects the Pavilion for Women to Texas Children's West
Tower and Clinical Care facilities, enhancing patient care by providing
physicians, staff and patient families with rapid access to all patient care

For more information on Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, visit

About Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to
creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care,
education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals
in the nation, Texas Children's has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple
pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates
the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children's has
completed a  $1.5 billion  expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan
Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a
comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and
Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban  West
Houston. For more information on Texas Children's, go to Get the latest news from Texas Children's by visiting
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