Texas Children’s Special Isolation Unit earns award from Texas Department of Health Services

Texas Children’s Special Isolation Unit, the only pediatric-focused unit of its kind in Texas and the Southwest, was recently awarded the Texas Department of Health Services 2015 Texas Preparedness Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes exceptionally meritorious achievements in local, regional or state Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Healthcare Systems Preparedness Programs.

“Our team is thrilled to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Gordon Schutze, medical director of Texas Children’s Special Isolation Unit. “We have worked diligently over the past year to build an indispensable resource for children in our community and beyond, and this honor is a testament to that dedication.”

The recognition honors leadership in creative work of particular effectiveness or innovation in advancing Texas public health and/or health care systems preparedness knowledge and practice. Specifically designed to treat patients with highly contagious infectious diseases, the Special Isolation Unit incorporates all of the latest technology to care for a patient with a contagious disease such as Ebola or MERS.

For more information about Texas Children’s Special Isolation Unit, visit texaschildrens.org/SIU.