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Houston hospital system scores $4.8M gift, opens new Austin clinic, and more

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Texas Children’s Hospital has lots of exciting news this month. Chief among its big announcements is a $4.8 million gift that will help to fund the hospital’s new behavioral health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in The Woodlands.

The donation comes from Ovintiv, a natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

The pledge makes Ovintiv the first company sponsor to join the Council of Hope, Texas Children’s new corporate giving society. The council’s fundraising priorities include supporting Texas Children’s behavioral health initiatives. Texas Children’s formed a Behavioral Health Task Force last year in order to expand and upgrade services for patients who need specialized help, hopefully preventing the necessity of in-patient care.

The IOP is expected to open early next year. It will treat patients for four or five hours a day, using individual, group and family therapy, art and music therapy programs, and yoga and recreational therapy to improve outcomes in behavioral health.

“This IOP is desperately needed in the Woodlands, and we are committed to creating it because we believe that the behavioral and developmental health of children, adolescents and teens is just as important as their physical well-being. Ovintiv’s transformational gift will make a life-changing difference for so many patients and their families,” says Dr. Kirti Saxena, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, in a press release.

The Woodlands, however, isn’t the only city seeing the debut of a new facility from Texas Children’s. Last week, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women announced the grand opening of its obstetrics and gynecology clinic in North Austin. The location welcomes women for fertility management, prenatal and preventative care, and a full spectrum of gynecological services.

That’s just the beginning for Texas Children’s and its reach in central Texas. In addition to the new OB/GYN clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital North Austin will open its doors in early February. It will provide care for women and children, especially in the areas of maternal-fetal medicine, and fetal intervention and neonatology.

Additionally, the Houston hospital has been named a Center of Excellence in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) by bioMerieux, a world leader in in vitro diagnostics. Texas Children’s is one of three in the United States to net the honor, and the only one that specializes in pediatrics.

It’s no secret that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a bête noire of hospitals around the world. Common infectious diseases are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. By ensuring that patients get the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, antimicrobial stewardship is extremely important to fighting resistance and to continuing antibiotic efficacy for future generations.

Texas Children’s and bioMérieux will collaborate to further activate antimicrobial resistance measures that will improve patient care. They’ll share expertise to develop and scale innovative best practices based on the application of diagnostic technology. And through all of its innovations, Texas Children’s will continue to be a global leader in pediatric care.

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