Texas Medical Center Campus Expansion


  • 1954

    We open our doors, becoming Houston's first pediatric hospital. Dr. Russell Blattner is our physician-in-chief.

  • 1964

    Karen and Kimberly Webber were born joined at the chest in 1964. Our pioneering procedure to separate them established Texas Children's as a leader in pediatric care.

  • 1971

    David Vetter, known worldwide as “The Bubble Boy,” is born with a severe immune deficiency that leaves him unable to fight even ordinary bacteria. Shortly after birth, he is placed in a specially designed bubble. Research on his condition leads to significant contributions in the study of immune system disorders.

  • 1975

    We establish one of the first Child Life departments in Texas.

  • 1977

    Dr. Ralph D. Feigin arrives as our second physician-in-chief. He will serve in this position for over 30 years until his death in 2008 and help transform Texas Children’s Hospital into one of the largest and most acclaimed centers of pediatric medicine in the world.

  • 1989

    Mark A. Wallace joins Texas Children’s as our new President and CEO. At the age of 36, he is the youngest chief executive officer in the Texas Medical Center.

  • 1991

    Our Emergency Center becomes the first in the state to have 24-hour coverage by board-certified pediatric emergency physicians.

  • 1991

    We are the largest freestanding hospital in the nation after completing renovations to the Abercrombie building (the original hospital), a new Clinical Care Center (which consolidates all outpatient and research programs) and a new West Tower (which houses the emergency center and surgical suites as well as additional space for expansion of ICU services).

  • 1995

    We establish Texas Children’s Pediatrics, a network of primary care pediatricians in our community. And today, with over 40 locations, we have grown to be the largest primary care network in the country.

  • 1997

    We launch the nation’s first pediatric health maintenance organization (HMO).

  • 2000

    We are ranked among the top 10 Best Children’s Hospitals for the first time by U.S.News & World Report.

  • 2002

    We establish our Pediatric Lung Transplant program which becomes one of the largest in the world. We are one of only two institutions in the United States that performs more than 10 transplants per year.

  • 2003

    We receive our first Magnet recognition for nursing excellence, an honor given to only 6% of hospitals across the country.

  • 2006

    We announce a new $1.5 billion expansion campaign, the largest physical expansion program ever by a freestanding children’s hospital.

  • 2008

    With our academic partner, Baylor College of Medicine, we open the world’s largest pediatric HIV/AIDS center in Kampala, Uganda.

  • 2009

    We become the first freestanding pediatric hospital to implant two HeartMate II ventricular assist devices in adolescent patients.

  • 2010

    We open the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI), the world’s first basic research institute dedicated to childhood neurological diseases.

  • 2011

    We open West Campus, Houston’s first pediatric community hospital, built on 55 acres to provide family-centered care to one of the nation’s fastest growing pediatric populations in West Houston.

  • 2012

    We open Pavilion for Women, a 15-story, $575-million state-of-the-art hospital which is staffed, designed and equipped to be among the nation’s premier centers for women’s, fetal and newborn health.

  • 2013

    We are the first in the world to use real-time MRI-guided thermal imaging and laser technology to destroy lesions in the brain that cause epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures.

  • 2014

    We rank #6 among companies employing more than 500 employees in Houston’s Best Places to Work by Houston Business Journal. For nine consecutive years, we have been considered among the city’s Top 10 employers in Houston. We are also recognized as the #4 pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • 2017

    Texas Children's will open its second community pediatric hospital in The Woodlands. This $300 million-plus facility will provide easy, convenient access to this community for children to receive care from pediatric specialists.

  • 2018

    We will complete our CareFirst initiative, an expansion of our facilities and programs in the Texas Medical Center to serve the needs of our most critically ill patients, primarily in the Critical Care units, operating rooms, Heart Center, Emergency and many of our Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services.

One Organization

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Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education and research. We are ranked 3rd in the Nation for Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, as well as 10 ranked specialties. We were named to the 2020-2021 Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll. For over 60 years, we have provided outstanding care for women and children across Texas, the U.S. and the world.  

Pavilion for Women
Pavilion for Women

Opened in 2011, the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women provides women, mothers and babies with a full continuum of high-quality, expert health care. The 15-story, $575 million facility has 850,000-square feet of space dedicated to ob/gyn. Not a part of a hospital, but a hospital in its own space, we practice family-centered care, providing patients quality health care at every important stage of their lives.

West Campus
West Campus

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatric health care in West Houston, one of the city’s most rapidly growing communities. As greater Houston’s first suburban hospital designed exclusively for children, we offer the expert care expected from Texas Children’s Hospital coupled with a location that’s convenient and accessible for area families. In addition, West Campus houses the region’s only special isolation unit for children with highly contagious infectious diseases.

The Woodlands
The Woodlands

Opened in 2017, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands is the area’s first true free-standing pediatric hospital that serves families in The Woodlands area and communities north of Houston. This campus incorporates best practices in pediatric medicine and serves as the premier pediatric resource for the community. The Woodlands Campus provides pediatric inpatient and outpatient specialty services and a dedicated pediatric emergency center.

Health Centers
Health Centers

Strategically located throughout the greater Houston area, Texas Children’s Health Centers offer the same high-quality pediatric care for which Texas Children’s Hospital is famous in local neighborhoods. Staffed by pediatric specialists from Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, the Health Centers’ staff are trained to care for the physical and emotional needs of children and adolescents. Working closely with a child’s primary-care physician, our specialists diagnose health conditions and develop patient-specific treatment plans. Texas Children’s Health Centers use child-sized medical equipment in colorful, child-friendly atmospheres that cater to young patients’ needs and interests.


Designed to meet the new era of biomedicine provided by the latest tools that illuminate neurological function and disfunction, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine conceived the Neurological Research Institute. Built on our considerable strengths in genetics, neuroscience, and pediatrics, the NRI is carefully designed to foster collaboration among 30-40 basic faculty and clinician-scientists with the goal of developing treatments for childhood neurological diseases. 

Austin & Central Texas
Austin & Central Texas

Set to open in 2024, our new state-of-the-art hospital in Austin will further establish ourselves as a leading health care provider for children and women across central Texas, joining our already expansive operations in the community, which includes Urgent Care at Westgate, Specialty Care Austin, and multiple Texas Children’s Pediatrics locations.

With almost 17,000 team members across the state, we are growing our One Amazing Team to meet the needs of this thriving city.

Legacy Tower
Legacy Tower

The Legacy Tower, located in the Texas Medical Center campus, has 6 technologically-advanced operating rooms for neurosurgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, transplant and pediatric surgery – one with intraoperative MRI – and 84 ICU beds, including dedicated surgical, neurological and transitional ICU rooms. The tower also serves as the new home for Texas Children’s Heart Center®, ranked No. 1 nationally in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery byS. News & World Report. This milestone will help Texas Children’s continue to provide the highest-quality care possible to patients and families, particularly those children who are critically ill.

Primary Care


At Texas Children’s Pediatrics, we understand that pediatricians are much more than doctors — they are partners in a child’s health. That is why we have more than 200 board-certified, expert pediatricians with extensive training in children’s health care. Texas Children’s Pediatrics provides the finest pediatricians dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of infants to teenagers, and our expert physicians offer full-service pediatric care. With a number of services across 50 convenient locations throughout the greater Houston area, we provide a name to trust close to where our patients live.

Urgent Care

Texas Children’s Urgent Care was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatric urgent care. The result is a clinical system that provides families with outstanding customer service through high quality, efficient, and affordable care in their neighborhood. These centers also provide evening and weekend hours to extend service when it is needed most. 

Health Plans

Health Plan

Texas Children’s Health Plan was founded in 1996 by Texas Children’s Hospital. We are the nation’s first health maintenance organization (HMO) created just for children. We cover kids, teens, pregnant women, and adults. If you are able to get Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), we have a large group of more than 1,100 doctors, 3,200 specialists, 60 hospitals, and health resources to provide services.

Center for Women and Children

The Center for Children and Women is a new kind of medical facility that puts everything in one place, from doctors and dentists to a pharmacy. It offers state-of-the-art health-care services 7 days a week. And it’s only for Texas Children’s Health Plan members. Our mission is to ensure that families receive top-quality care for all of their medical needs, along with the best patient experience.

Growing Across the Globe

We treat patients from all 50 states and nearly 60 countries. This includes 15 centers and satellite clinics, and three oncology and hematology programs in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Romania.

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