Methodist Children's Hospital and Women's Services is committed to Compassionate Connected Care. Our nursing team has a passion for ensuring all patients and families have an exceptional experience during their hospitalization. Our team provides Family Centered Care and utilizes Child First Principles to ensure each patient and family has a unique experience. The personal connection formed between our nurses, patients and families is the key differentiator.
Interprofessional Collaboration Optimizes Healing
Anabela Salas, 8, was born with a mitochondrial disorder, which has contributed to several health issues such as a cleft palate, heart murmurs, muscle myopathy, severe scoliosis and more. Salas is a patient of Dr. James Simmons, orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director at the Methodist Children’s Hospital Spine and Thoracic Center.
September 1, 2020 marked a turning point for Anabela, and a major milestone for children in South Texas. Anabela became the first patient to be fitted with a halo-gravity traction device at Methodist Children’s Hospital. Because the curvature in Anabela’s spine was worsening, slowly compressing her lung, it was determined halo-gravity traction would be the best next step for her.
Many groups were involved in the preparation for the new treatment option. Because Anabela would require daily therapy in a space larger than her private hospital room, a generous monetary donation and grant from the Texas Indo-American Physicians Society Southwest Chapter (TIPSSW) helped the hospital purchase necessary rehabilitation equipment.
In addition to the new gym, pediatric surgical nurses and the pediatric rehabilitation team spent many hours learning the proper techniques and specialized care required for Anabela and future halo-gravity traction patients.
The pediatric bone marrow transplant team at Methodist Children’s Hospital makes it their mission to ensure their patients know they are loved and deserving of the absolute best life has to offer during their cancer journeys. The care team accomplished this for 4-year-old acute myeloid leukemia fighter, Nicole Liu, and her family.
During the summer of 2020, Nicole received a bone marrow transplant at Methodist Children’s Hospital. Nicole’s greatest wish was to visit Walt Disney World. With her condition worsening, her care team collaborated with Make-A Wish® North Texas and Central & South Texas chapters to grant her wish.
In November 2020, Nicole was able to meet her favorite princesses Anna and Elsa from Frozen at a safe and secluded party with her family, held shortly before her passing.
2018 NICU Reunion
Each year, the nurses and other staff at Methodist Children’s Hospital (MCH) organize a reunion to celebrate life for the children and parents who spent time in the NICU. In 2018, over 500 people attended the MCH annual reunion. This reunion provides families who had babies in the NICU to celebrate life and to reconnect with their nurses who cared for them.
2018 Women’s Tower Expansion
In July 2018, Methodist Children’s Hospital (MCH) opened a Women’s Tower as a means for expand the Mother & Baby beds to provide larger rooms and suites for the delivering mom and family.
Here is what MCH offers since the expansion:
- NICU Level 4 – 92 beds plus 4 rooming in rooms
- Mother Baby Unit – 63 beds
- Antepartum – 16 beds
- L&D Level 4 (pending) – 22 beds
- Women’s Services Unit – 34 beds