May 25, 2016

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52616employeehealth640Texas Children’s is committed to supporting you in achieving your optimal health and well-being. Since opening in 2012, our on-site Employee Medical Clinic* on Main Campus has strived to support your personal health needs and offer you convenient access to excellent health care services.

Recently, the Employee Medical Clinic launched the following five new well-being programs at no cost to Texas Children’s employees.

Live Well with Diabetes
The program features individual sessions with a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian. During your sessions, you will work together to develop a customized nutrition and physical activity plan, discuss the role of medications, and develop stress management techniques.

Healthy Heart
The program features individual sessions with a registered dietitian who will teach you how to improve your heart health through your nutrition, stress management and much more.

Lighten Up for Life
The program features pre-and post-program body composition measurements and individual sessions for health coaching, nutrition and physical activity.

Health Coaching
Our registered health coach will help you apply your personal strengths to achieve sustainable behavior changes such as improving your sleep and gaining better work-life balance.

Nutrition Consultation
This program will teach you about optimal nutrition, how to manage portion sizes and provide answers to your nutrition questions.

To learn more about these exciting new programs, visit the Employee Medical Clinic website on Connect.

*The Employee Medical Clinic delivers many services including urgent care for personal illness and injury, care management for chronic conditions, counseling to help employees adopt the healthiest possible lifestyle and preventive care which includes your annual physical/wellness check. The clinic is comprised of a full-time primary care physician, a nurse practitioner, nurses and mid-level provider, a wellness coordinator and a health coach. Click here to meet the Employee Medical Clinic Providers.

The Employee Medical Clinic is located on Main Campus in 5 Tower by the yellow elevators in the Abercrombie Building. Our business hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

View a testimonial from Nursing Assistant Director Lisa Creamer about how things are never the same at Texas Children’s.

52616ABC640Watch ABC-13’s story about how a multidisciplinary team at Texas Children’s Hospital gives a young boy a chance at life.

Watch this video to see the steady progress being made on the construction of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

May 24, 2016

52516transplant640Transplant teams with Texas Children’s Hospital performed 86 solid organ transplants in 2015, making it the most active pediatric transplant program in the nation.

The liver and the kidney transplant programs were the busiest with 30 liver transplants and 27 kidney transplants completed last year. Of the 27 kidney transplants, nine were living donors and 18 were deceased donors. The heart program completed 21 transplants in 2015 and the lung program finalized eight, making it one of the largest lung transplant programs in the country.

“I would like to commend our transplant teams for the exceptional work they do every day,” said Surgeon-In-Chief Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr. “Their great commitment to our transplant patients is inspiring and results in changed lives.”

Dr. John Goss, medical director of Transplant Services, said Texas Children’s Transplant Services continues to earn its reputation as one of the best pediatric transplant programs in the country.

“I believe our success is a testimony to the skill and commitment of our multidisciplinary team, which offers an interdisciplinary approach to all aspects of the transplant process, from initial referral to hospitalization and outpatient management,” Goss said. “We also work closely with patients, families and referring physicians to help make the evaluation process as convenient and efficient as possible.”

Goss added that the success of Texas Children’s transplant program would not be possible without the gifts from our selfless donors and their families.

“They are the ones responsible for providing our patients with a second chance at life,” he said. “We are forever grateful for their unwavering kindness.”

To learn more about Texas Children’s Transplant Services, click here.

52516365days640On May 6, Texas Children’s celebrated an impressive milestone – 365 days and counting with zero acute care patient denials at Texas Children’s main campus and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

“I am so proud that our teams pulled together to achieve a performance record of this kind,” said Texas Children’s Executive Vice President John Nickens. “This demonstrates the value of teamwork and commitment to creating a safe environment for patient care while ensuring every child has access to our services.”

From October to March, Texas Children’s typically experiences a seasonal surge in patient volumes, and during this busy time of the year, patient census has reached historic highs – at or beyond the hospital’s 671-bed capacity – resulting in many children being denied the opportunity to receive care at Texas Children’s.

Realizing that managing real-time capacity is crucial to predicting and planning for current and future demands, teams from across the organization embraced this opportunity to optimize patient flow across the system.

Click here to watch a patient flow video at Texas Children’s.

In FY 2015, Texas Children’s leaders, physicians, nurses and clinical and nonclinical support staff began working strategically to access the organization’s previous approach to patient flow decision-making. As a result, several innovative strategies were implemented and interdisciplinary roles dedicated to patient flow were created.

“We began thinking about patient flow as a system-level issue,” said Jennifer Sanders, clinical director of Patient Flow at Texas Children’s. “For example, we no longer approached the PICUs at Main Campus and West Campus as separate units. Instead, we monitored patient flow across the system, accessing the capacity between these units and other inpatient care units when deciding on the best place to send a child for care.”

Texas Children’s also changed the way it activated census alerts. Previously, census alerts were based on color codes – green, orange and red – with “red” indicating no beds were available. These triggers were based on the percentage of bed capacity filled but did not necessarily take into account daily admissions and discharges.

“When we moved to a single census alert, we were either on capacity alert or not,” said Jackie Ward, vice president of Nursing at Texas Children’s. “If we reached a point where our capacity was being challenged, we would activate census alert in order to mitigate not having any beds available. This improved process helped us proactively manage patient flow across the acute care areas of the hospital rather than be reactive.”

Mobilizing rotating teams of operational leaders and physicians focused on patient volume every day, a “real-time demand and capacity” process was also implemented to assess patient flow at three pivotal points during the day – 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. These 15-minute meetings helped leaders and staff more accurately forecast bed capacity, manage demand and capacity mismatches and resolve patient discharge barriers. The new role of chief resident of flow was also created to assist with eliminating medical barriers to discharge.

“We looked at how many patients were being admitted and discharged, the total capacity of the system, and focused on discharging patients, effectively, efficiently and with accountability,” said Dr. Michelle Lyn, medical director of Patient Flow at Texas Children’s. “We wanted to maximize team communication and we served as their support system on the back end.”

Coupled with these new processes, Texas Children’s successfully increased acute care capacity with the opening of the 10-bed Acute Care Holding Unit at West Tower in late December and the newly renovated 16-bed acute inpatient care unit at 5 North Abercrombie which opened on February 26.

“This was a huge collaborative team effort,” Sanders said. “From our administration to our nurses, providers, ancillary services, respiratory, and our facilities and environmental service teams, we worked together to ensure we deliver on our promise to make Texas Children’s the best possible place to give and receive care.”

To meet the growing number of children seeking our care in the future, Texas Children’s capacity will expand even more with the addition of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands – scheduled to open in 2017 – and our inpatient critical care Tower E at main campus which is currently under construction.