The Auxiliary to Texas Children’s Hospital. helps establish • 1954 Moody Foundation begins its support with a gift of $109,000 to benefit gastroenterology research. moves its pediatric clinic to Texas Children’s and starts its legacy of supporting charity care for the hospital’s patients. Stedman West Foundation PHILANTHROPIC MILESTONES • 1950 The Leopold L. Meyer million commitment from children on the condition that it be “open to every sick or hurt child with no restrictions on religion, color, or whether or not they can pay.” • 1960 A bequest from 1975 • Susan Vaughan Clayton creates the Clayton Endowment in the department of Surgery. • 1947 The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show , help establish the Texas Children’s Foundation, which planned and garnered support for a new pediatric hospital in Houston. This is the beginning of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s long history of generous support. Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae raise $8,425 through the Theta Charity Antiques Show, beginning a tradition of generous support of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Proceeds from the 1947 Horse Show, now known as the G R OW T H MILESTONES The With a commitment of $1 A HISTORY OF GIVING 2015 2005 2000 1995 2010 donates more than $21 million to Texas Children’s Cancer Center through two “Evening with a Legend” events, which they chaired. The first honored actor Robert Duvall. The second, “An Evening with Disco Legends,” was the largest single-evening fundraiser in Houston’s history. Laura and John Arnold The Cullen Foundation 2012 • million to the Building for Children campaign. 190,706 donors 1991 • establishes the Lillie Frank Abercrombie Endowment to support pediatric cardiology in perpetuity. The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation make the lead gift of $25 million in support of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. 1990 • The Abercrombie Foundation • 2011–2012 commit $50 million — the single largest gift in Texas Children’s history. million to the Building for Children campaign. commits $3 largest corporate gift — to the global health initiative. Jan and Dan Duncan The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation million, $6 million — the hospital’s make the lead of gift of $5 million for the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. commits $2 million to the Meyer & Ida Gordon Emergency Center, which opened on October 1, 1991. 1977 • Chevron commits Cynthia and Anthony Petrello Meyer & Ida Gordon Foundation commits $1 • 2008 donate the land, worth $5 million, for Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. 1989 • support of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. • 2011 David and Mary Wolff begins its partnership with Texas Children’s Cancer Center with a gift of $83,000. Houston Junior Woman’s Club begins its loyal contribute a total of $2 million to support Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Texas Children’s launches the Heal Sick Children campaign to support Vision 2010. Fundraising is focused on three new facilities. Lead donors include: Ronald McDonald • The Lauren and Lara Camillo Family Trusts The The second Building for Children capital campaign ends with $81 million raised. 2004 • House of Houston, Inc. 1974 • James S. “Jim” and Lillie Abercrombie to build a hospital for • 2002 The second Building for Children campaign begins, helping to support the hospital’s $345 million expansion. 1988 • • 2010 & 2012 million commitment and a $4 million commitment (two of the largest) to the second Building for Children campaign. establishes its affiliation with Texas Children’s Hospital, beginning its tradition of generous support for neurology clinical care and research initiatives. The hospital unveils its first Building for Children capital campaign as part of the hospital’s $149 million expansion project to construct two new buildings. The gives more than $250,000 to support the hospital. secures a $1 1990 Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club The Brown Foundation, Inc. makes an $8 Houston Endowment makes The Blue Bird Circle The donates funds to establish the Pi Beta Phi Patient/ Family Library, which they continue to support. • 1970 • 2000 1998 • • 1984 The Cullen Trust for Health Care makes The its first gift: $250,000 to support the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics. The Junior League of Houston, Inc. 1985 1982 • • 1967 Freda Magnuson, a 19-year-old babysitter, 1980 1975 1970 1965 1960 1955 1950 1945 1953 • The Heal Sick Children campaign concludes, raising $507.6 million from and exceeding both its $400 million initial goal and its $500 million stretch goal. The first Building for Children capital campaign is completed with $69.2 million raised from philanthropy. Maureen and Jim Hackett give $2 million to establish the Maureen Hackett Endowed Chair for Reproductive Psychiatry. 2013 • • 1958 1964 • • 1953 1952 • Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s establish a teaching affiliation. Radiologist Dr. Edward B. Singleton becomes the first physician on Texas Children’s staff. The Mullins sheath for left heart catheterization is developed at Texas Children’s Hospital by cardiologist Dr. Charles Mullins. Dr. Donald J. Fernbach receives a grant from the National Cancer Institute to begin the research hematology lab, which grew into Texas Children’s Cancer Center — one of the largest and most successful pediatric oncology centers in the world. • 1954 Texas Children’s Hospital opens with Dr. Russell Blattner as physician-in-chief. Dr. Murdina Desmond, a pioneer in newborn care and follow-up, joins Baylor College of Medicine and goes on to develop the neonatology program at Texas Children’s. • 1977 Texas Children’s Nursing Service achieves its first prestigious Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, an honor bestowed on only 6% of hospitals across the country. A large team of surgical and other specialists perform a long and complex procedure to separate conjoined twins Tiesha and Iesha Turner. Texas Children’s opens its pediatric emergency center (previously operated out of St. Luke’s), which becomes the first in the state to have 24-hour coverage by board-certified pediatric emergency physicians. Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr. is named surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is professor of Surgery and chief of the division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. 2002 • The hospital’s Pediatric Lung Transplant Program is established and goes on to become one of the largest in the world, with Texas Children’s being one of only two institutions in the country performing more than 10 pediatric lung transplants per year. 1980s • Research funding grows from less than $5 million to nearly $15 million. 1987 • 2000 1995 1990 1985 1980 1975 1970 1965 Texas Children’s celebrates its 50th birthday. 2005 2004 • Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Luke’s separate. 1960 1955 1950 • 2010 Dr. Michael A. Belfort is appointed obstetrician and gynecologist-inchief of Texas Children’s Hospital and chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. • • 2011 Texas Children’s electronic medical record (EMR) goes live in outpatient practices. 2012 • Texas Children’s is the first hospital 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. This timeline represents some, but certainly not all, milestones and accomplishments. Dr. Mark W. Kline is appointed physician-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital and chair of the department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. With the recruitment of Dr. Peter Hotez and his team, Texas Children’s becomes home to the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s vaccine development program. Texas Children’s Hospital has a rich and storied history. of the hospital’s significant contributions, growth • 2009 • 2003 2000 • • 1992 Mark A. Wallace, age 36, is appointed chief executive officer of Texas Children’s Hospital. 1991 • 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. 1950 • Texas Children’s Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 children’s hospitals for the first time. 1989 • • 1971 The first patient is 3-year-old Lamaina Leigh Van Wagner, referred by her pediatrician for treatment of a kidney disorder. The Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI) opens a new 21,000 square foot clinical care center in Kampala, Uganda. The care center receives 6,000 transfer patients on opening day, making it the world’s largest pediatric HIV/AIDS center. Texas Children’s ambulance transport service expands to include a fixed-wing aircraft. One of the first child life departments in the state is established at Texas Children’s. Karen and Kimberly Webber are born joined at the chest. Texas Children’s pioneering procedure to separate them establishes the hospital as a leader in pediatric medicine. • 2008 • 1999 • • 1975 Dr. Ralph D. Feigin is appointed physician-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital and James Abercrombie Professor and chair of the department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. The boards of Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital sign a contract to construct adjoining buildings and operate under joint administration. This arrangement continues for 37 years. 1945 H O S P I TA L MILESTONES 1948 • • 1970s 2013 • 2014 • In U.S. News & World Report’s 2014–15 Best Children’s Hospitals edition, Texas Children’s ranks fourth among all 183 pediatric institutions surveyed nationally, and is one of only 10 hospitals to achieve the Honor Roll designation. 2015 Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks — Texas’ first and, at the time, only female pediatric surgeon — joins Texas Children’s. Over the decades, Texas Children’s has changed countless young lives. We’ve been instrumental in developing groundbreaking treatments and technologies that give hope to children around the world. We’ve grown from three stories and 106 beds to become one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the nation, winning numerous accolades along the way. Our supporters, physicians and staff have made Texas Children’s what it is today. Although they come from all walks of life and every corner of the globe, each shares a common vision: to improve the lives of children. Today, Texas Children’s stands at the forefront of an exciting new world in pediatric health care. Together, we will continue to grow, saving more lives and creating better futures for children everywhere.
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