Texas Health Dallas Named 'Best Place to Have a Baby'

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been named the “Best Place to Have a Baby” by DallasChild magazine.

The annual readers’ poll, published in February, touts the best hospital for moms and their babies, along with the city’s best daycare, best toy store and other attractions for parents and children.

Perot Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
The Perot Center features several highly touted services, along with quality initiatives aimed at improving care for moms and babies.
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The honor for Texas Health Dallas is a reflection of the commitment by caregivers in the hospitals’ Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants to provide compassionate, quality care in a comfortable environment, hospital leaders said.

“What we hear from our patients is that quality care by nurses and physicians is what matters most,” said Dr. David Bookout, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Health Dallas and an OB-GYN on the medical staff at the hospital. “We’re humbled that our patients and the rest of the Dallas community recognize the work that we’ve put into our program.”

Texas Health Dallas’ Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants, the first center in the Southwest devoted exclusively to the care of women and their newborns, has welcomed more than 120,000 newborns into the world since it opened in 1983. More than 75 OB/GYNs on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and 500 nurses and other clinicians care for mothers and babies. In 2011, the hospital welcomed 5,603 newborns.

“Receiving this award is fun, but what’s most important is that it reaffirms that we’re doing the right thing for our patients,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., FACHE, president of Texas Health Dallas.

The Perot Center features several highly touted services, along with quality initiatives aimed at improving care for moms and babies during delivery:

  • The survival rate for the most premature and low birth-weight babies in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Perot Center is almost double the average of top-performing NICUs around the country, according to the Vermont-Oxford Initiative.
  • The hospital’s Special Care Nursery was the first in the region with private rooms for parents and their babies, allowing moms and dads to stay with their sick babies 24 hours a day.
  • Texas Health Dallas is one of the country’s top performers in the national Premier Perinatal Safety Initiative, a research project that aims to eliminate preventable birth injuries. The program includes emergency delivery drills with nurses, physicians and other caregivers.
    • “Our real goal is to research and implement best practices for safe deliveries and to help other hospitals around the country improve the care of this very special and vulnerable population,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, Texas Health Dallas’ chief nursing officer. “Nurses and physicians here collaborate to strive for great outcomes for patients and families that entrust us with their care.”
  • The Labor and Delivery Unit has started a multi-disciplinary meeting at the beginning of each day, called TeamSTEPPS, to troubleshoot potential problems caused by various unforeseen scenarios that could unfold without notice.
  • Team huddles include input from obstetricians, anesthesiologists, charge nurses and nurse supervisors, who analyze expected deliveries and surgeries, as well as potential impacts of an emergency or unexpected influx of patients.
    • “The work we do for safe deliveries isn’t mandated by a regulatory agency,” said Carol Gentry, nurse manager of the labor and delivery unit. “We do it because we want good outcomes, and our patient safety culture demands it.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.