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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women marked its one year since it transitioned its labor and delivery services into the new $575-million facility on March 26, 2013. This new facility signaled the pediatric hospital’s major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births.

Drawing from decades of OB/GYN experience, Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine experts contributed to many first-year milestones including breakthrough procedures and medical firsts; patient demand that outpaced hospital expectations; and top marks in patient satisfaction for a healthcare environment created for women, by women. To see a video that highlights our first year, click here.

Despite a 7.6 percent decline in Harris County births since 2009, the Pavilion for Women exceeded its first year projections by 20 percent with more than 4,300 deliveries since opening. In April, less than one month after opening, Texas’ first surviving set of sextuplets was delivered at the Pavilion for Women, reinforcing the hospital’s expertise as the place for multiples and high-risk pregnancies. As the year continued, hospital experts delivered one set of quintuplets, four sets of quadruplets, seven sets of triplets and over 139 sets of twins.

Designed to care for the highest-risk mothers and babies, over 1,000 Pavilion for Women newborns received NICU care at Texas Children’s Newborn Center, the #2 ranked neonatology program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals.

It was also a busy first year for high-risk OB/GYN care as the Pavilion for Women treated more than 90 patients with life threatening pregnancy- and gynecological-related medical conditions ranging from diseases such as leukemia, sepsis and diabetic coma to surgical emergencies requiring massive transfusion and even bowel resection. The Pavilion for Women also added a highly specialized multi-disciplinary surgical team for the management of placenta accreta/percreta, and treated 40 mothers with this potentially life-threatening condition in the last year.

“We set out to improve outcomes for mothers and babies by creating a healthcare environment where women and their families would feel comforted and supported throughout their stay,” said Cris Daskevich, senior vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital. “While we continue to look for new ways to enhance our services and surroundings, we’re excited to know that our scores reflect all of the attention to detail that so many people gave to the design of the facility as well as the recruiting of the best and brightest care team members to create an exceptional experience for our patients and families.”

For more information on Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, visit www.women.texaschildrens.org.