Margot Perot Center at Texas Health Dallas Celebrates 30th Anniversary
11/19/2013

DALLAS — Thirty years ago, the cries of the first baby echoed through the new hallways of the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Since then, more than 120,000 babies have taken their first breaths within these walls.

Ross and Margot Perot, Dr. Eugene Hunt and Virginia Rose
Ross and Margot Perot, Dr. Eugene Hunt and Virginia Rose

What began as an idea to build a hospital focusing on the unique needs of women and infants became a reality in part because of the vision and partnership of the Perot family.

“We had a dream to partner with the Perot’s on a project that would help bring new life into the world in a state-of-the-art complex,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “We wanted to provide leading-edge clinical care to women in their greatest time of need, bringing hope to them and their families. I’m proud that the dream came to life and is everything we thought it had the potential to become.”

Today, more than 5,000 babies are born each year at the Margot Perot Center — almost 15 per day. The Labor and Delivery unit features 120 in-patient beds, 15 labor-and-delivery suites, a special unit solely dedicated to high-risk pregnancies and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The 47-bed NICU was designed with the family in mind, complete with private parent rooms and 10 internet-based ‘Peek-A-Boo’ cameras that allow parents who can’t be at their child’s bedside to see and talk to their baby any time of day from any computer or smartphone.

For infants who’ve graduated from the NICU but aren’t ready to go home yet, the Special Care Nursery also provides private rooms where parents can stay with their infants during hospitalization. This unit was the first in the region to provide these accommodations to parents. They are also leaders in the area of infant-driven feeding protocols, which aims to send premature babies home faster.

“You don’t really understand the magnitude of your work until you step back and see how many lives have been changed here at the Margot Perot Center,” said Dr. Eugene Hunt, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Health Dallas. “It’s an honor for all of us here to be a part of a family’s joy while welcoming a newborn or celebrating a significant milestone in the NICU.”

Throughout the years, the Margot Perot Center has grown well beyond labor-and-delivery services. In addition, the center offers the community a comprehensive breast care program including breast imaging and breast surgery, a women’s oncology program and a full array of gynecological services, from cutting edge minimally invasive procedures for common health conditions to complex surgeries for advanced disease and conditions of aging.

“We pride ourselves as being a leader and innovator in providing women’s health care,” said Virginia Rose-Harris, vice president and administrator of the Margot Perot Center, Texas Health Dallas. “Comprehensive women’s care defines who we are at our very core.”

Driven by the Perot family’s original vision to treat women throughout every stage in life, the Margot Perot Center offers programs and services tailored to meet the needs of moms-to-be, new moms and infants, daughters, sisters and grandmothers.

“For 30 years the Margot Perot Center has had the privilege of caring for generations of families and we look forward to continuing to do so,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president of Texas Health Dallas. “We are also a hospital of firsts and continue to be recognized nationally for best outcomes and quality care. This is a true reflection of the work of our dedicated nurses and physicians on our medical staff.”

The breast cancer program was the first in North Texas and one of the first in the country to offer 3-D mammography. This technology allows for a more thorough view and has proven successful in early diagnosis and improving outcomes.

In addition, the Margot Perot Center’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Services Program, which was named one of the “10 Best Fertility Centers” in the United States by Child magazine, offers a wide variety of infertility treatments, from basic care to some of the most advanced procedures available.

Recently, the Perot family was honored with the presentation of a glass sculpture called “The Family,” which is now on display in the lobby of the Margot Perot Center. This piece of art was designed to commemorate the history of the hospital and the countless lives that have been changed under its roof.

“We are honored to have been a part of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital family for 30 years,” said Margot Perot. “The center has truly exceeded our expectations in providing exceptional care for so many women and infants in Dallas.”

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.