Texas Children’s Heart Center

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Care that never skips a beat

Texas Children’s Heart Center® is committed to setting a new standard for the treatment of children and adults with congenital heart disease and to pioneering innovative therapies for patients with these cardiac conditions. Currently ranked #1 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery care by U.S. News & World Report, we strive to provide every procedure available for patients with congenital heart disease.

We are dedicated to helping patients, families and providers make better health care decisions using outcomes data. Our patients and families deserve the most complete and accurate information possible about our performance. As a hospital system, we believe that a critical component to offering outstanding clinical programs is tracking the results of the care delivered through them. By tracking outcomes, we learn about what happens to our patients, and we also learn about our performance as a health care delivery organization. We always know that we can do better and must continue to strive toward excellence in the care we provide.

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Texas Children’s Heart Center®

Texas Children’s Hospital has been a leader in pediatric heart care for more than 60 years.

Led by Denton Cooley, M.D., and Dan McNamara, M.D., the hospital started performing heart surgery on children in 1956. Dr. McNamara, a patriarch of pediatric cardiology, and Dr. Cooley, a pioneer heart surgeon, were among the first to demonstrate that small children could safely undergo heart surgery.

Today, Texas Children’s Heart Center is a global leader in pediatric cardiac care, treating some of the rarest and most complex heart cases. With several multidisciplinary teams working in conjunction with pediatric subspecialists throughout the hospital, the Heart Center strives to provide unparalleled care at every point from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, in order to achieve the best possible result for each patient.

For the fourth consecutive year, Texas Children’s Hospital was ranked as the #1 place in the nation for children to receive cardiology and heart surgery care by U.S. News & World Report in their 2020-21 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. Texas Children’s Heart Center is committed to consistently achieving outcomes that are among the best in the country.


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Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric health organizations, with more than 4.7 million patient encounters in 2019. With a staff of more than 14,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, advanced practice providers, pediatric subspecialists, pediatric surgical subspecialists and dentists, Texas Children’s offers more than 40 subspecialties, programs and services.

We are proud to be consistently recognized as a leader in pediatric care, ranking third among the nearly 200 pediatric centers surveyed by U.S. News & World Report in their 2020-21 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals.

Texas Children’s is the highest ranked pediatric hospital in the south, and the only pediatric hospital in Texas on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of top ranked overall children’s hospitals. Additionally, we’re proud to have been recognized in the following specialties:

#1 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#2 Nephrology (kidney disorders)
#2 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#3 Pulmonology
#4 Cancer
#4 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#5 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#6 Urology
#10 Neonatology
#15 Orthopedics

Texas Children’s Hospital is located near downtown Houston in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. This campus includes nearly 680 licensed inpatient beds; Mark A. Wallace Tower for outpatient visits; Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s® Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive OB/GYN facility with a focus on high-risk births; and Texas Children’s Hospital® Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute®, a basic science research institute dedicated to solving childhood neurological diseases.

Our latest capital expansion project, Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower, added 19 floors to an existing, six-floor base in 2018 to greatly increase our capacity for critical and surgical care.

Additionally, two community hospitals, Texas Children’s Hospital® West Campus and Texas Children’s Hospital® The Woodlands, bring specialty pediatric care – including an additional 160 licensed acute and critical care beds, two 24/7 pediatric emergency centers, full-service surgical suites and more than 20 subspecialty clinics a piece – to communities in west and north Houston with a rapidly expanding population of children.

Texas Children’s also operates Texas Children’s® Specialty Care, offering subspecialty services in the community; Texas Children’s® Urgent Care, expert pediatric care after hours and on weekends; Texas Children’s® Health Plan, the nation’s first health maintenance organization created just for children; and Texas Children’s Pediatrics®, the nation’s largest primary pediatric care network with nearly 60 practices located throughout Houston, Austin and College Station. Texas Children’s Health Plan offers STAR Kids, a Medicaid-managed, best practice care plan for children under the age of 21 with disabilities and complex medical needs, throughout the Greater Houston area.

In recent years, we expanded our care to Austin and College Station to make it easier for families in these areas to access the high quality, affordable pediatric care and services they need.

Our programs:
Adult Congenital Heart Program Cardiac Developmental Outcomes Cardiac Imaging Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Cardiology Transition Medicine Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Congenital Heart Surgery Coronary Artery Anomalies Electrophysiology Fetal Cardiology Heart Failure Heart Transplant Interventional Cardiology Preventive Cardiology Single Ventricle

Safety & Outcomes

The Safety & Outcomes team at Texas Children’s Hospital measures important clinical outcomes and the impact of care on the quality of life and functional status of our patients over time. Our team’s goal is to deliver the highest quality health care to each patient.

By tracking outcomes, we learn about what happens to our patients, and we also learn about our performance as a health care delivery organization, as we constantly strive to improve.

Our team includes dedicated outcomes nurses in several clinical specialties, computer programmers, data architects and specialists and a statistician who works closely with clinical and administrative teams to measure, improve and share our outcomes. Our goals include:

  • Track and improve our clinical outcomes
  • Understand the impact of those outcomes on the lives of our patients and families over time
  • Make our outcomes data available in a form accessible by the general public
  • Partner with patients and families in understanding outcomes data
  • Help patients and families know what questions to ask when seeking medical treatment


To refer a patient to Texas Children’s Heart Center, visit texaschildrens.org/refer.
For questions about referrals, please email us at providerconnect@texaschildrens.org or call us at +1 832-824-2273.

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