Making Life Better for Children

Our mission is to make life better for children

For more than 100 years, Children’s Health℠ has delivered on our mission to make life better for children thanks to our dedicated our team members. Our mission is infused in everything we do. 

At Children’s Health, we believe that illness or injury should never stand in the way of childhood. That’s why we’re working harder than ever to build a brighter future for the next generation of North Texas. With more than 20 locations, 50 specialties, virtual medicine and innovative research, we’re looking beyond today’s treatments. And nowhere are the possibilities of tomorrow more evident than in the dreams of our patients. 

Whether treating common pediatric conditions or giving lifesaving care, the heart of Children’s Health is our people. The talent, unique skills and experience of our team members, combined with the latest techniques and technology, enable us to provide the most comprehensive and compassionate health care available.

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Quality-and-Safety

Quality and safety are our top priorities

At Children’s Health℠ we make quality and safety our top priority. We continuously work to improve quality by focusing on what matters most in caring for our patients: "Keep me safe, heal me, be nice to me." Our safety program, Yes to safety. No exceptions. puts the safety and well-being of patients and their families, team members and visitors at the forefront of all we do at Children's Health. 

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We are renowned for research and innovation

Children’s Health is the primary pediatric clinical partner for UT Southwestern, one of the leading medical education and biomedical research institutions in the country. This partnership is advancing patient care through research and affords our patients access to world-renowned expertise in every aspect of pediatric care. 
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Led by faculty from UT Southwestern, the research at Children’s Health seeks to find better cures and treatments for children. For our team members, it means having the opportunity to work with world-leading experts and some of the most advanced medical technology.

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Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is essential to our mission

We have a long-standing commitment to our community that includes education, preventive care and advocacy, particularly as it relates to protecting government programs like CHIP and Medicaid that provide vital insurance coverage for children. Caring for the youngest members of our community is a cooperative effort. We partner with educators, civic leadership organizations, corporate entities and volunteers from nonprofit organizations to ensure our children and their families have everything they need to be well. 
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Since 1996, Children’s Health has published Beyond ABC, an in-depth look at the quality of life for children in North Texas as measured by four powerful indicators: pediatric health care, education, economic security and safety. 

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Recognition

We are proud of the recognition we have earned

ANCC Magnet recognition: Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practices, Magnet designation is the highest national recognition granted to a hospital or medical center for excellence in nursing. Since 2009, our Dallas and Plano hospitals have continuously maintained this highest distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence, shared governance and high-quality patient care.

Clinical excellence: Children’s Health is consistently named one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2020, we were ranked in 10 out of 10 specialty areas for the eighth time. In addition, we are the first hospital in the nation to have seven disease-specific management programs certified by The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant accrediting and certifying body for health care.

Best place to work:
  • Becker’s Hospital Review has named Children's Health one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” for nine consecutive years and one of the greenest hospitals in America for three consecutive years. 
  • The Dallas Business Journal selected Children’s Health as one of its "Best Places to Work" based on employee survey feedback.
  • The Dallas Morning News named Children’s Health one of the "Top 100 Places to Work" based on employee survey feedback.
  • The Dallas Association for Talent Development awarded our Emerging Leaders program first place in leadership development in 2019.
  • The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) recognized us as one of the nation’s top 10 “Best Organizations for Leadership Development."
  • Energage leverages employee survey data from top workplaces across the country to identify national award winners and has selected Children’s Health for its Top Workplaces USA 2021 and the Healthcare Industry badge.

What sets us apart?

Giving Back 
We give back to the community in many ways
We recognize that health and wellness begins outside of our health care facilities, so we have made a commitment to reach more children, in more places, in new and better ways than ever before. We do this through programs such as TeleHealth, Injury Prevention Services, GENder Education and Care Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS), Foster Care Services, Complex Care Medical Services and Our Children's House.  

The Children’s Medical Center Foundation raises, manages and distributes funds to support Children’s Health. In 2016, the Foundation enabled us to provide $40 million in charity care and $167 million in community benefits. 

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A Culture of Involvement
We have a rich culture of involvement
Children's Health team members live our values in all aspects of their lives, both personally and professionally. Through selfless service and passionate advocacy, our team members can be found supporting children inside and outside our hospital walls. Employee teams participate in the annual Red Balloon Run and Ride, toy drives, and Adopt-a-Family programs. 
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Through Magnet Shared Governance Councils, Schwartz Rounds and various employee work groups, our team members actively participate in our mission to make life better for children.   
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Our team members are also in the community supporting health fairs, immunization events, student mentoring and tutoring and other volunteer initiatives.
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Get to know us by the numbers
Children’s Health is the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, the eighth-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation, and the second-busiest in terms of admissions and emergency department visits. We have more than 20 locations, 7,500 team members and 1,100 physicians committed to our mission. 

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History
We have cared for children for over 100 years
In 1913, a group of nurses, led by May Forster Smith, organized the Dallas Baby Camp, an open-air clinic on the lawn of the old Parkland Hospital. The nurses recognized that children received better care when they were the sole focus. Nurse Smith wasn’t satisfied with just a camp; she wrote her vision on a chalkboard: “Someday, the Dallas Baby Camp will be a great hospital. Watch us grow!” A skeptical doctor kept erasing her prediction, but she kept rewriting it. 

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