A message from our President and CEO Mark A. Wallace

I’m Mark Wallace, President and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, and I’m pleased to share some of the amazing work and triumphs that happened last year at Texas Children’s. We were incredibly busy in 2017, setting records across the system. Just last year, we had:

  • More than 33,000 surgeries
  • Nearly 228,000 patient days
  • Over 126,000 Emergency Center visits
  • More than 87,000 Urgent Care encounters
  • 3.7 million patient encounters
  • And we grew to more than 438,000 Health Plan members

Our dedication to making sure families have access to exceptional health care close to home expanded in spring 2017 with the opening of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Our 350,000 square foot facility is conveniently located for our families in North Houston amid several growing communities.

A few months later, Texas Children’s announced plans to bring our pediatric and OB/GYN services to Austin, one of the fastest growing cites in America with a pediatric population of almost half a million. And our CareFirst initiative continued to unfold in 2017 with significant progress on Legacy Tower. This 25-floor, 640,000 square foot inpatient tower will house critical care services and Texas Children’s Heart Center ranked No. 1 in the nation last year by U.S. News and World Report.

Strong leadership, a unified culture and fierce determination drove much of our success in 2017. It also got us through a few bumps in the road, including Hurricane Harvey, a storm that tested our resilience and resourcefulness.

But together, we weathered this historical storm that devastated the Houston area, and we came out on the other side of it stronger. The resolve, determination and courage of our staff and employees were inspiring. We proved that here at Texas Children’s we take challenges, and we create opportunities. And we demonstrate time and again that we are Texas Children’s Strong.

Thank you for visiting our 2017 Annual Report. As you will see, 2017 was an incredible year for Texas Children’s.

Mark A. Wallace
President and CEO, Texas Children’s Hospital