Released by Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

TYLER, TEXAS – Children were the first patients cared for when Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler opened one day ahead of its scheduled grand opening in 1937 to treat victims of the New London school explosion. Now, 75 years later, Mother Frances has become a specialty center for pediatric care for patients throughout the region.

The hospital’s commitment to children expanded today when officials with Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Children’s Medical Center Dallas (Children’s) and UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), signed a relationship agreement that is expected to bring pediatric cardiology, urology, telemedicine, other subspecialties and educational services to Tyler and the surrounding area.

“We have spent the last several months working with Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern to find ways to connect the expertise of many of their subspecialty physicians and providers to our patients’ continuum of care. This relationship agreement is a natural fit for these three medical entities that share a mutual respect for each other and have worked collaboratively for many years. Coming together to formalize our long-term relationships makes good sense for our patients,” said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

“Our goal at Children’s Medical Center is to bring the highest quality of pediatric care available to children in the right place, at the right time and with the right resources. It is a privilege for us to support the long history of outstanding care at Trinity Mother Frances through this unique collaboration. I have no doubt that together we will provide unsurpassed health care, close to home, for thousands of children and families in the East Texas Region,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO, Children’s Medical Center.

“The new relationship agreement between Trinity Mother Frances, Children’s, and UT Southwestern gives us the opportunity to extend the reach of our combined medical expertise and complex services to benefit children and their families," said Daniel K. Podolsky, MD, president, UT Southwestern. “As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern continues to seek creative ways to leverage our leading research, education and clinical care capabilities. This is another example of fulfilling our mission to improve health care in our community, Texas, our nation, and the world through innovation and education.”

Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler and Children’s Medical Center are Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals. They are two of approximately 170 hospitals throughout North America that provide care for 14 million children and benefit from the Children’s Miracle Network organization.

“The fact that we are both CMN hospitals is a testament to our commitment to children,” said Laura Owen, FACHE, CEO, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. “Quite often, pediatric patients cannot be treated with the same tests, equipment or modalities that are used for adult patients. Providing the best possible care for children requires a continued focus on financial resources and working with other healthcare facilities that share your dedication.”

Trinity Mother Frances, Children’s and UTSW also share the same electronic health record (EHR), which is powered by Epic. The shared EHR brings an integrated and unified patient-centered database. Patients will benefit by having online access to much of their clinical information, which will also be available to caregivers at every point of care across all three systems.

Trinity Mother Frances has a large pediatric staff that includes pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners and other providers. Officials said the staff is excited about the expanded relationship agreement.

“As a pediatrician, I am always looking for new ways to help my patients without having to send them to another facility in another town,” said Rick Rogers, MD, a pediatrician with Trinity Clinic. “When I began my practice, many times we would have

to send our patients to Dallas, Houston or other metropolitan areas for specialty care. Since then, I have watched Trinity Mother Frances’ commitment to children grow with

additions that include specialty equipment, a childlife specialist and most recently, Tyler’s only neonatal intensive care unit. This relationship agreement with Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern truly takes us to a whole new level.”

Officials with TMF said that patient access to certain new specialty care and services would begin in the near future.