As the largest tertiary medical center for pediatric patients in North Texas, Children’s Medical Center Dallas draws patients from North and East Texas, Southern Oklahoma, and Northern Louisiana who are admitted to the general pediatrics floor.
There are two types of services staffed during the year at the Dallas campus. The first relies on 24-hour, 7 days a week, on-site attending coverage. The second resembles a prototypical teaching service with several levels of learners, from third-year medical students to third-year pediatric residents. In 2008, Children’s Legacy opened in the suburb of Plano, Texas, and the 24/7 on-site attending model is utilized there. Since patient census varies seasonally, the number of hospitalist services changes throughout the year.
There are five hospitalist services (three at Dallas and two at Legacy) and one teaching service during the summer months. During the peak winter months, which represents coverage of over 100 patient beds a day, there are up to seven hospitalist services (five at Dallas and two at Legacy) and one teaching service.
Faculty encounter a wide range of medical conditions with varying complexity and provide the highest quality of care for patients through evidence-based practice and family-centered care. An asthma care unit was implemented in 2009, and future plans include developing a unit for the medically complex child.