February 5, 2019

In response to an increased demand for short-term, non-chronic care, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands has expanded its Acute Care Unit from 32 beds to 45.

The need for the 14-bed expansion was evident shortly after the hospital opened its doors two years ago, said the unit’s assistant clinical director Roxanne Vara.

“We were at capacity several times last year,” Vara said. “This expansion will allow us to admit more of our patients closer to home.”

The additional beds in the Acute Care Unit are located on the third floor of the hospital. By mid-February, the expansion will include a playroom equipped with a section dedicated to patients 12 and older. This section will house a PAC-MAN video game donated by The Woodlands facilities team among other age-appropriate games.

“We always want to be able to say yes if a child needs a bed at our campus, and this expansion is how we are able to continue to do that,” said Assistant Vice President Ketrese White. “We are continuously strategizing about how and where to expand and move forward.”

January 23, 2018

Angela Gooden was recently promoted to director of Acute Care Advanced Practice Providers (ACAPP).

In her new role, Angela will provide strategic leadership for the APPs in multiple departments within the Acute Care advanced practice organizational structure at the Medical Center Campus.

Angela brings broad experience and an extensive awareness of the issues affecting advanced practice to the role. She started her nearly 20-year career at Texas Children’s as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit before becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008. While working as an APP for the Cardiology service she attained her Acute Care post-master’s certification and continued to grow the practice of the entire Cardiology APP team. She was promoted to Acute Care APP Clinical Manager in 2014, and under her leadership the Cardiology advanced practice team has grown to one of the largest in the institution.