Celebrating its 100th Anniversary, Cook Children’s Health Care System in Texas, Reaches Out to the Children of the Middle East Needing Specialized Medical Treatment with an Expanded International Patient Program Orthopedic treatments added to program of excellence in Neurology, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiology, Genetics and Urology
Cynthia GonzalezExecutive Director, International Patient ServicesCook Children’s Health Care System
Cook Children’s Health Care System, a not-for-profit pediatric health care organization based in Fort Worth, Texas, will celebrate in March 2018 its 100th year of healing children and giving hope to families when there is none. As part of the celebrations Cook Children’s will expand its already extensive International Patient Program by offering children in the Middle East private and specialized Orthopedic treatments of elevated care, in addition to the other areas of excellence already offered in Neurology, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiology, Genetics and Urology.
To promote the expanded International Patient Program for children in the Middle East a delegation from Cook Children’s, including specialists in the fields of pediatric Oncology, Neurology and Orthopedics, is visiting the Gulf region from January 22 – 31, 2018 to meet with the region’s health authorities, medical institutions, and leading medical experts, to explore collaborative ways in which the world-class expertise of Cook Children’s services can been used to benefit and heal children in need from the Middle East.
By using the power of social media, the delegation will also reach out directly to the region’s parents who are seeking information and consultation regarding specialized VIP pediatric medical care, by hosting an informational session with prominent “Mommy Bloggers” based in the U.A.E.
Says Executive Director International Patient Services, Cynthia Gonzalez at Cook Children’s Health Care System: “With the addition of the Orthopedic treatments to an already extensive International Patient Program, we are excited to directly promote these services to children in need in the Middle East, thereby expanding on our promise – to improve the health of every child, through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.”
Cook Children’s Health Care System has been healing children since 1918 and serving the global community for 32 years. In addition to international patients hailing from over 40 countries around the world, families from across the United States also travel to Cook Children’s, seeking award-winning treatment and care, so that today Cook Children’s receives an average of 1,000,000 patient encounters and over 200,000 visits to its Emergency/Urgent Care Centers annually.
A cornerstone of Cook Children’s excellence is its recognition and ranking by US News and World Reports, among others, for Neurology, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Orthopedics and Cardiology. Cook Children’s nurses rank in the top echelon of their field in the United States and Cook Children’s also employs some of the best Genetics and Urology practitioners in the U.S.
Says Gonzalez: “Our physicians are present with break-through therapies and technologies, while our dedicated support providers handle all details bringing everyone together to turn actionable insight into measurable impact for the one who matters most—the child.”
Gonzalez continues: “Our dedicated team is multi-lingual, including Arabic, spiritually and culturally aware, and is committed to elevating and privatizing the patient—family experience. Our team is comprised of amazing, award winning talent who truly love children, what they do, and have dedicated themselves to pediatric preventative and curative health.”
2017 was a year of many milestones for Cook Children’s including: the opening of its new South Tower which includes a new Cardiology floor that houses 3D viewing and printing capabilities using MRI and CT scans to make models of patient’s heart for pre-surgical planning; a new Neurosurgery wing with brand new $9.3 million 3.0 Tesla MRI, for providing highly accurate, real-time digital images of the brain; a new Behavioral Health department; new Emergency department; and new lab.
2017 also saw the opening of a state-of-the-art pediatric urology center led by a world-renowned team of medical professionals, that use a new robotic surgical system known as the Da Vinci XI. This technology offers minimally invasive surgery that reduces pain, risk of complications and hastens recovery time for patients.
Within the field of Neurology, a number of milestones were reached in 2017 including the establishment of a Stroke and Thrombosis Program with the goal of providing rapid diagnosis, developing more effective treatment and improving outcomes in pediatric stroke. Fenfluramine trials for patients with a rare, devastating form of epilepsy was also introduced and Cook Children’s celebrated its 10th year anniversary of Deep Stimulation Surgery (DBS) for pediatric patients.
Additionally, within the field of Endocrinology, Cook Children’s team of specialists cured a baby afflicted with hyperinsulinism using 18F DOPA, a new drug used to diagnose focal lesions in children with the rare disease.
Cook Children’s Health Care System is served by the nearby Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, which is serviced by every major Middle Eastern carrier with direct flights daily. Cook Children’s own dedicated multi-lingual, 24/7 concierge team can also assist with all aspects of travel and more.