Pavilion for Women
Pavilion for Women - Overview
Expanding upon its premier reputation in fetal and neonatal medicine, Texas Children's Hospital has opened the Pavilion for Women, now providing outpatient care, with inpatient services to be available in spring 2012. The addition of the Pavilion for Women will enable Texas Children's to provide a full continuum of family-centered care to women, mothers and their babies, beginning before conception and continuing after birth and through all the years of a women's life. With high-risk births on the rise nationally, the Pavilion for Women will respond to the escalating need for obstetrical research and treatment and will ensure that mothers and their babies have access to the most advanced technologies and treatments available.
The concept of a multidisciplinary center focused on the evaluation and treatment of both mother and baby has been long envisioned, but only in the last few years have diagnostic and therapeutic advances transformed this concept from vision to real possibility. Originally called the Maternity Center, the new facility's name changed in 2011 to reflect a wider breadth of services, providing the full continuum of care for women, mothers and their babies. When fully operational in spring 2012, the Pavilion for Women will be staffed by an outstanding team of physicians assembled from Texas Children's Hospital and its teaching partner, Baylor College of Medicine, as well as by leading private practice physicians, including those from Women's Specialists of Houston and Partners in OB/GYN Care. The new center is headed by Dr. Michael Belfort, obstetrician/gynecologist-in-chief. At the Fetal Center, now housed and providing outpatient services in the new Pavilion for Women, expectant mothers will have access to a full spectrum of fetal therapies available in only a handful of centers worldwide. And after delivery, infants born prematurely or with complications will receive specialized care from multidisciplinary teams at the world-renowned Texas Children's Newborn Center.
A bridge of hope
A sweeping circular sky bridge connects the Pavilion for Women to Texas Children's Hospital, allowing rapid access via a two-tiered walkway across Fannin Street back to the main campus for additional specialized care. The bold, iconic design of the bridge stands as a symbol of Texas Children's Hospital's continuum of care from preconception to infancy, while ensuring that mothers and their babies receive the highest quality of care in one centralized location.