New liaison will enhance service and bring a new level of clinical excellence
to pediatric cardiac surgery in West Texas.
Covenant Children's CEO Chris Dougherty announces the new partnership
between his organization and Texas Children's hospital to the local media.
An exciting new collaboration announced today (Feb. 26) between Covenant
Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital helps ensure
children of Lubbock and West Texas now have access to world-class pediatric
cardiovascular surgery care.
Ranked No. 2 in the United States in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular
surgery by U.S. News & World Report, Texas Children’s Heart
Center’s integrated, multidisciplinary team has combined cutting-edge
technology with compassion and a family-centered approach for more than
half a century to treat more than 17,000 children with congenital heart
defects and perform more than 900 surgeries annually. This new, joint
effort will help extend that reach to provide high quality congenital
heart surgery to Covenant Children’s patients.
“This is truly an historic day for the children and families of Lubbock,
West Texas and even the Eastern New Mexico region,” said Chris Dougherty,
CEO of Covenant Children’s. “We are honored and proud to join
together with Texas Children’s Hospital, the best institution in
pediatric cardiac care, because the children of this region deserve the
best. We are delighted to work collaboratively with Texas Children’s
Hospital to build a world-class pediatric cardiac program at Covenant
Children’s right here in Lubbock.”
This relationship builds on Texas Children’s existing efforts in
West Texas. Among these is a close relationship with Dr. Andrew Robinson
of Covenant Children’s, a pediatric cardiologist who has been coordinating
the care of his patients in need of heart surgery with experts at Texas
Children’s. Those patients in need of cardiac surgery travel to
Houston where their operation is performed by leading pediatric surgical
experts and then they return to Lubbock to receive their follow-up care.
“We are excited to combine our knowledge and resources with Covenant
Children’s and believe they have a critical role to play in the
treatment of children with congenital heart diseases,” says Dr.
Charles D. Fraser Jr., chief of congenital heart surgery and surgeon-in-chief
at Texas Children’s. “Nearly 1 percent of children have a
congenital heart disease. While not all will need surgical interventions,
for those that do, the option of receiving the best possible care close
to home will have a significant impact on the families in the West Texas
region,” Fraser adds, who is also a professor of surgery, professor
of pediatrics and chief of congenital heart surgery at Baylor College
According to Dougherty, features of this relationship will include:
- Texas Children’s cardiac surgeons will travel to Lubbock to perform
cardiac surgery at Covenant Children’s.
- Care of Covenant Children’s patients will be fully integrated into
the Texas Children’s cardiac program, with integrated cath conferences,
integrated patient selection and integrated patient management.
- Covenant Children’s will follow all of Texas Children’s protocols,
guidelines and pathways as they relate to cardiac care.
- Covenant Children’s and Texas Children’s are establishing a
Cardiac Center Executive Council to oversee the programmatic development
and quality of the Cardiac Center at Covenant Children’s.
“Together we will be recruiting a full-time pediatric cardiac surgeon
to be based in Lubbock at Covenant Children’s and to deliver the
integrated care between our institutions,” Dougherty said.
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