Commissioner Daniels rained accolades on Children’s Medical Center today, acknowledging the institution for the exceptional service it has provided for more than 100 years to our most vulnerable citizens. She cited their open-air clinic (baby camp) which became known as one of the world’s most renowned children’s medical centers. The Commissioner commended the medical center’s service in the health and well being of children “regardless of their families’ ability to pay, and does so without tax support from the city or county, providing $140 million in community benefits in 2011.”
Children’s Medical Center has been the pediatric safety net hospital for Dallas County since signing an agreement with the Parkland Health & Hospital System two decades ago. Today, Children’s Medical Center provides the largest portion of the care to Dallas County children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Among the medical center’s major accomplishments is their provision of medical homes for almost 100,000 children from underserved communities. The hospital has an annual impact of more than $1.6 billion dollars on the regional economy, employing 5,600 people including a medical/dental staff of more than 1,000. They are the only pediatric healthcare organization in the nation to achieve seven disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission, as well as Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, the highest national recognition granted to a hospital for nursing excellence. Today Commissioners Court celebrated Children’s Medical Center’s April 6th 100th Anniversary!