March 3, 2020

On his blog this week, Mark Wallace addresses the Harvey Weinstein verdict and the power of the #MeToo movement. Read more

February 3, 2020

The countdown clock is ticking. Texas Children’s Nursing will host its seventh virtual town hall from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, at the Pavilion for Women Conference Center.

Nursing has partnered with the Corporate Communications team to organize this event to engage our team of more than 3,700 dedicated nurses that make up Texas Children’s largest employee population.

Hosted by Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jo Andre’, the town hall will include a discussion of recent nursing accomplishments, our nursing priorities and system updates. The town hall will also include time for Q&A. Nurses watching the livestream remotely can participate in the Q&A session.

Attendees can submit questions during the Town Hall by going to www.slido.com and entering the event code TCH. We will respond to as many questions as time permits during the town hall. Any unanswered questions will be responded to via individual email or the “Ask the CNO” feature on the Voice of Nursing blog.

As always, patient care is our first priority, and we know not all nurses will be able to attend the live event or view the live stream. However, nurses can still participate by viewing the town hall on-demand. The link to the town hall recording will be available on Voice of Nursing.

For more details and instructions on how to access the livestream, click here to view the flyer.

December 16, 2019

Staying in the hospital for a prolonged amount of time isn’t easy, especially for children. That’s why Texas Children’s and a variety of community partners are constantly looking for ways to make the hospital a warm, welcoming, fun environment for patients and their families.

Texas Children’s most recent endeavor included a gift of 10 new computers outfitted with the latest gaming technology. The generous donation was made by CDW, a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider, in partnership with the Astros Golf Foundation.

Members from both organizations announced the gift on December 16 in the Child Life Zone, a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area where patients and their families can escape from the day-to-day hardships of their hospital stay.

“CDW is excited to be here today and is appreciative of the opportunity of this sponsorship,” said CDW Area Sales Director Shaun O’Rourke. “We hope it will make a positive impact on the people you serve.

Brian White, sales director with the Astros Golf Foundation, said his organization facilitated the partnership between CDW and Texas Children’s, and was happy to do so.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner two great groups for such a good cause,” White said.

Paige Schulz, assistant vice president of Clinical Support & Research Administration at Texas Children’s, thanked the foundation and CDW for their support and assured them that patients and their family members will benefit from their generosity

Based on the reaction of the first group of patients invited to test out the computers, Schulz’s is right.

Carla Vongphackdy said her 11-year-old daughter Jayla traveled to Texas Children’s about a week ago from Baton Rouge and aren’t sure when they will be able to head back home.

“It’s been stressful,” Carla said. “Being in the hospital for extended period of time isn’t a lot of fun.”

So, when a representative from Child Life asked Jayla if she would like to come to The Zone and try out some new computers and gaming software, she immediately said yes.

Jayla and her twin brother play games on the computer a lot at home, Carla said. The game she played Monday – Rocket League – was one they’d been hoping to try out.

“Her brother is going to be pretty jealous,” Carla said. “I’m just happy she’s enjoying herself.”

Audrey Crawford, the grandmother of 8-year-old Ryland Griffith, said she is so appreciative for the distractions Texas Children’s has provided her grandson during his more than three-week stay at the hospital.

“I couldn’t have ask for a better place for him to be,” she said. “Everyone has been great.”

June 24, 2019

Texas Children’s experts successfully separated conjoined identical twins, Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth Richards last year, making it the fourth twin separation in Texas Children’s history. Learn more by visiting our 2018 virtual Annual Report.

April 30, 2019

On his blog this week, Mark Wallace invites you to share your leadership story with him and how it relates to his leadership maxims. Read more

April 23, 2019

Know a team member who exemplifies our mission and core values? Help us recognize and reward your colleague as a Super Star! To nominate, click read more.

March 4, 2019

This Heart Month, there was even more reason to celebrate as representatives from 11 Houston area schools visited Texas Children’s Heart Center for a special graduation ceremony during which they were awarded their Project ADAM® Heart Safe School designation.

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) is a national program that was started 1999 by the parents of Adam Lemel, a Wisconsin teen who passed away from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – a condition in which the heartbeat abruptly and unexpectedly stops. Every year nearly 7,000 children in the United States experience SCA outside of a hospital, and less than 10 percent of those children survive. Administering CPR immediately can more than double the chances of survival for SCA victims, and the chances of survival increase even more if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is present. Since children spend a significant amount of their time at school, it is imperative that schools understand how to respond to an SCA on campus.

Project ADAM unites affiliate hospitals, like Texas Children’s, with area schools to help them become better prepared to respond to SCA. The Heart Safe designation is earned upon successful implementation of a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff.

“Making a school Heart Safe is not only beneficial for students, but also for the adults who work there and for any visitors the school might have,” said Dr. Santiago Valdes, Texas Children’s cardiologist and medical director of the local Project ADAM initiative. “This program helps educators develop action plans that can minimize time between arrest and defibrillation and increase chances of survival. We’re excited to carry the momentum of these first few successful years forward”

As a Project ADAM affiliate, Texas Children’s helped 11 Houston area schools earn their Heart Safe designation from 2015 to 2018. However, last year, representatives from Texas Children’s Project ADAM team, including representatives from the departments of Government Relations and Community Benefits, Cardiology, and Administration, devised a plan to greatly expand the program’s reach. This included partnering with Houston Independent School District (HISD) to identify and target high-risk schools, and securing funding from the American Heart Association to provide participating schools with new AEDs.

The result: As of February 2019 – just in time for Heart Month – Texas Children’s helped double the number of Heart Safe Schools in Greater Houston.

There’s still work to be done. There are 256 schools in HISD alone, which doesn’t account for schools in large neighboring communities such as Katy and Pearland. But ambitions are high. The graduation ceremony ended with a collective pledge to continue growing the program until every school in the region is Heart Safe.

“This is a day we put our flag in the ground,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kim, director of Texas Children’s Arrhythmia and Pacing (Electrophysiology) Service and member of Texas Children’s Project ADAM advisory committee. “We’re aiming to certify all schools in the Houston area. This is a fantastic start, but there are hundreds of more schools to go and we have a lot of work to do. Although we may not be able to stop all sudden cardiac arrest, we are hopeful to make a powerful difference and save lives.”

2019 Texas Children’s Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools
  • Bonner Elementary
  • Carrillo Elementary
  • CJ Harris Elementary
  • Epps Island Elementary
  • Jenard Gross Elementary
  • Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Lovett Elementary
  • Patterson Elementary
  • Pugh Elementary
  • Westbury High School
  • Young Elementary