Facilities and Environment
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Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service
The TCCC&HS has three clinical sites at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH): an outpatient clinic, a 36-bed inpatient unit and a 15-bed bone marrow transplantation (BMT) unit. The TCCC&HS outpatient facility is located in the new 17-story Clinical Care Center (CCC), which is the TCH ambulatory care building that opened in fall 2001. The 22,000-squarefoot outpatient clinic houses 25 outpatient chemotherapy treatment areas, a satellite pharmacy, 12 examination rooms, four procedure rooms, an activity area, centralized team stations, and a large family lounge staffed by volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. The 36-bed inpatient unit for children with cancer and hematological diseases is located in the West Tower of TCH. The inpatient unit also features a large family lounge sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. The BMT program is housed in a combined outpatient and inpatient unit in TCH’s West Tower. The program includes a state-of-the-art 15-bed inpatient unit, furnished with such specialized equipment such as a unit-wide HEPA filter, which sterilizes the air and allows children to leave their rooms. This HEPA filtering system allows caregivers to eliminate gowns, masks and gloves within the unit, thus decreasing the physical barriers often associated with caring for these children.
TCCC&HS staff see nearly 1,600 new patients with cancer and blood diseases and handles more than 25,000 outpatient visits per year. Virtually every form of childhood cancer is represented in our patient population, including leukemias, lymphomas, brain tumors, bone and soft tissue tumors, neuroblastomas, and a wide variety of other pediatric cancers. Treatment options for patients with cancer range from chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, to bone marrow transplantation and gene therapy. The Hematology Service treats all types of hematological disorders, including anemias, thrombocytopenias, leukopenias, and coagulation disorders.Top
Texas Children’s Hospital
The primary pediatric teaching hospital of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Texas Children’s Hospital is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and is a full-care pediatric facility providing inpatient and outpatient care in more than 40 specialties and subspecialties. Texas Children’s Hospital and its Integrated Delivery System employs more 6,000 people, has 1,580 physicians on its medical staff, and records more than 21,000 admissions, 78, 000 EC visits and 190,000 clinic visits annually. The hospital consists of a four-building complex that includes: the Abercrombie Building, which is devoted to a variety of administrative and patient-oriented uses; the West Tower, where the emergency center, critical care units and operating rooms are located (15 floors were completed in May 2001 and now serve as the primary home of inpatient units, including the BMT and the Hematology/Oncology inpatient service); the new 17-story Clinical Care Center, which opened in the fall of 2001 and houses all outpatient clinics; and the Children’s Nutrition Research Center, dedicated to nutrition research in the neonate, infant and child—a joint venture between Texas Children’s, Baylor College of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Feigin Center is dedicated to research, providing an additional 151,000 square feet of space for state-of-the-art pediatric investigation, with special emphasis on cancer and cell and gene therapy (approximately 30,000 square feet). TCH received accreditation with commendation by JCAHO in 2005.Top
Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine ranks among the top of the country’s 125 medical schools and is the only private medical school in the Southwest. U.S. News and World Report placed the College 13th among all medical schools in its annual survey, while Baylor was ranked first by the National Science Foundation in its list of U.S. universities and colleges for research and expenditures in the biological sciences. Baylor College of Medicine is also listed 11th among all US medical schools for NIH funding.
Founded in 1900, Baylor has grown into a medical institution widely respected for excellence in education, research and patient care. The patient care services of Baylor College of Medicine extend to 20 institutions in Houston. In addition to Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor maintains affiliations with six other area hospitals which have a combined total of over 4,000 beds. Baylor College of Medicine also provides medical services for six of the Harris County Hospital District community health centers and the Thomas Street AIDS Clinic. The College collaborates with the Menninger Clinic for the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders.
Baylor attracts students from around the world. Currently enrolled are more than 666 medical students, 496 graduate students, 736 postdoctoral fellows, 128 allied health students and 1,007 resident physicians pursuing specialty training.
In addition to Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Baylor has more than 90 research and patient care centers, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service Children’s Nutrition Research Center, the DeBakey Heart Center, the Brown Foundation Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center, the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, the Breast Center, a unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Child Health Research Center, the Huffington Center on Aging, the Center for AIDS Research, and federally funded units that collectively form an Influenza Research Center.Top
Baylor Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine ranks first in NIH funding. It is the largest pediatric department in the United States with 468 full-time faculty members, 43 part-time faculty members and more than 120 voluntary clinical faculty who offer extensive expertise and experience in every subspecialty of pediatric practice. The Department of Pediatrics conducts numerous undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate training programs. Currently more than 160 individuals are in training for board certification in pediatrics, and an additional 160 are receiving fellowship training in pediatric subspecialty areas.
Members of the department conduct extensive research funded by extramural grant support in all general and subspecialty areas.Top
Texas Medical Center
The Texas Medical Center in Houston is one of the largest centers of its kind in the world. Its 42 not-forprofit member institutions are dedicated to the highest standards of patient and preventive care, research education and the well-being of local, national and international communities. Thirteen renowned hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and virtually all of the health-related careers are represented.
More heart surgeries are performed in the Texas Medical Center than anywhere else in the world. Additionally, the Texas Medical Center is the home of one of the first-ever, and still the largest, air emergency services and was the originator of a very successful inter-institutional transplant program.Top
This international city is an exceptional place to live. A dynamic, multicultural city, Houston is the fourth largest city in the country and home to a thriving blend of ethnic populations. An international port and business center, Houston also serves as the touchstone for our national space program.
With core businesses in energy, shipping, education and medicine, among others, Houston boasts a vibrant student and research community supported by major universities and corporations. Baylor College of Medicine joins several other institutions of higher learning engaged in cutting-edge scientific and medical research in and around the world-famous medical center.
Just blocks from the hospital, Rice Village offers convenient shopping and dining with 350 retail shops, restaurants and services. Also within walking distance of Texas Children’s, Houston’s first and largest city park features a running track, public golf course and the Houston Zoo. The park conjoins Houston’s Museum District, home to 11 topranked museums.
Approximately three miles north, Houston’s downtown Theater District houses eight world-class performing arts organizations, including the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet. Other attractions include professional sports, played with drive and energy in Houston year-round.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is located 20 minutes south of downtown Houston, and just 50 miles away is Galveston Island, with historical attractions and more than 20 miles of uncluttered beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Houston’s hospitality, affordable cost of living and healthy economy make it an exceptional place to live.Top