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Children's Hospital

Mission, Vision and History


To extend Christian ministry by caring for the whole person—body, mind and spirit—and by working with others to improve health and quality of life in our communities.


We believe that to put our mission into practice, we must provide the best possible care to all our patients. That means following proven, standardized practices throughout the region, focusing on evidence-based medicine and tracking and reporting outcomes. We work to nurture a culture of safety and expect to rank at the top of our class in providing an exceptional patient experience and successful treatment.

We believe that every interaction—whether it involves Covenant staff, our patients or their families—is a sacred encounter. We come together to provide compassionate care and contribute to the overall good health of the people we serve. We believe that each of the communities we serve should be among the healthiest in the , and we are committed to improving access to care.


Covenant Children's Hospital is part of Covenant Health System—a member of St. Joseph Health System, one of the most successful not-for-profit health systems in the countryIt was founded in 1998 through the merger of two of _Lubbock's health care facilities. St. Mary of the Plains and Lubbock Methodist Hospital System.

Covenant Women’s and Children’s Historical Time Line

  • 1992 – Covenant Children’s Hospital opens as the region’s only free-standing children’s hospital.
  • 1992 - “The Whimsical Flying Machine” artwork was dedicated to the children and soars above the lobby of the original children’s hospital, delighting the imagination of patients and visitors.
  • 1999 - “Madonna and Child,” a beautiful painting by Jeannie Haddad, donated to Covenant Children’s Hospital by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Salem and Mrs. Betty Salem Korioth in memory of the artist, their aunt.
  • 2001 - Covenant Children’s Hospital began the region’s only pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program with ECMO capability.
  • 2002 - Covenant partners with the STARBRIGHT Foundation, founded in part by Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg, to allow children to view Web sites, play games related to their disease or illness and look up information that is arranged in a kid-friendly manner, and video conference with other hospitals across the United States.
  • 2003 - Covenant Children’s Hospital is the first children’s hospital in Texas – and only the third in the United States – to be verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.
  • 2003 – Covenant pediatric cardiologists are the first in region to perform a Secundum Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) closure using a septal occluder, allowing some pediatric heart patients to avoid heart surgery.
  • 2004 – Covenant announces plans to relocate women’s and children’s services and expand oncology and orthopedic services at the Lakeside Campus.
  • 2004 – Covenant and AeroCare first in region to offer state-of-the-art baby pods for safe pediatric air ambulance transport.
  • 2005 – Covenant is first in region to offer 4D ultrasound capability for prenatal care.
  • 2006 – Covenant partners with Ronald McDonald House to open a Ronald McDonald Family Room.
  • 2006 – Covenant Children’s Hospital is one of two hospitals statewide to receive 2006 Designated Trauma Facility Award from Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • 2006 – Isom Heart Center for Children renamed in honor of Idalou-native O. Wayne Isom, M.D.
  • 2007 – New NICU opens, offering 34 licensed beds and family-centered features such as dismissed preparation rooms for parents.
  • 2007 - Covenant Children’s Hospital received 5-Star Designation from Avatar, making it the highest rated children's hospital in the country in Avatar’s patient satisfaction database.
  • 2007 - Covenant Children’s Hospital received 5-Star physician satisfaction recognition for nursing, emergency services and as a place to practice medicine from PRC, an independent research company.
  • 2009 - The new Covenant Women’s & Children’s hospital opens at the former Covenant Lakeside campus, 4015 22nd Place, as the first and only hospital dedicated to health care needs for women and children.
  • 2012 – Announcement of dedicated CEO for Covenant Children's, Chris Dougherty

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