What Makes Covenant Children's Unique?
We are uniquely qualified to care for children in the West Texas and Eastern
New Mexico Region. We are constantly striving to improve the pediatric
care for patients of region as can be seen in some highlights of who we
only freestanding Children's Hospital
In addition to being licensed by CMS as a Children's Hospital, our
freestanding status means our entire hospital is dedicated to the care
of kids. Many hospital merely offer a smattering of pediatric services
within a larger adult-focused hospital. Not here - all of our staff are
dedicated to, and have special training in, care of kids.
Hospitals specifically licensed as Children's Hospitals have to have
governance, operational leadership, and ancillary services that are unique
to the children's hospital, ensuring that resources aren't prioritized
to adult services. Our staff and leadership are solely focused on pediatric
care. What this really means is that we live and breath children's
services all day, every day. We don't just dabble in it.
We believe in, whenever possible, caring for patients as close to home
When there are resources in local communities we try to keep those kids
in their originating community. But when specialty needs exceed the community's
availability, our specialists are available.
In keeping these patients as close to home as possible,
we partner with referring providers. We grant access to ShareVue to allow providers to view the care provided
to their patients by Covenant providers. We want them to be fully aware
of the care your child received at Covenant.
only dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department with Extensive Pediatric Emergency
As a freestanding children's hospital, our ED is dedicated to pediatric
patients. We see over 25,000 pediatric emergency visits a year - making
our providers very comfortable dealing with pediatric emergencies.
Furthermore, we are the only facility in our region to staff our emergency
department with a robust complement of Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians.
These specialists are trained to specifically care for kids in the ED.
Unlike other regional facilities, that staff with adult Emergency Medicine
physicians, Residents, and perhaps a pediatrician here or there, our entire
ED staff is dedicated to pediatric care.
only level II pediatric trauma program
As a level II pediatric trauma center, we see over 450 pediatric trauma
encounters per year. We have a number of specialists - such as pediatric
trauma surgeons, pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatric neurosurgery
physicians, etc. - on-call to respond immediately to any trauma needs.
only pediatric transport program
Covenant Children’s Transport Teams (Pediatric and Neonatal) are
specialized to meet the needs of critically ill newborns and kids who
require transport to Covenant Children's via helicopter or ambulance.
Our dedicated transport teams are staffed 24/7 by registered nurses and
respiratory therapists with extensive and special training and experience
in neonatal and pediatric critical care. For more information, please see
only Obstetric Hospitalist program
Our Board-Certified OB Hospitalists are in-house 24/7 to care for our obstetric
patients. This ensures unattributed patients, and patients whose private
physician cannot immediately respond, are seen by an obstetrician. Quality
and safety are always two of our primary foci and our OB Hospitalist program
evolved as we realized we needed OB Hospitalists to provide the best care
possible to the women in our community.
only Obstetric Emergency Department
Our Obstetric Emergency Department opened in 2017. It is a first of it's
kind for our region and we now see ~4,500 encounters/year. Made possible
by our Obstetric Hospitalist Program, this program ensures our maternal
patients receive the highest level of care possible by ensuring they are
immediately seen by a board-certified obstetrician and aren't just
triaged by an OB nurse. When a mother-to-be's OB an't immedately
respond, this ensures we provide the highest level of care to mom and baby.
Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the
highest level of NICU care
In 2018, we were designated as a level IV NICU by the State of Texas Department
of State Health Services (TDSHS). This is the highest level of designation
possible and puts Covenant Children's in a group of 20 hospitals in
Texas with a level IV designation. This designation requires a number
of things such as board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists performing
all neonatal cases, access to a number of pediatric surgical specialties,
etc. Essentially we're qualified to care for the most critical of
newborns and we only transfer patients out for hihghly specialized care
such as pediatric cardiovascular surgery.
only Children's Hospital Association of Texas member hospital
We are one of eight children's hospitals in Texas that are members
of the Children's Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT). CHAT undertakes
quality initiatives and advocates on behalf of children's health for
the entire state. In fact, our CEO, Dr. Amy Thompson, is the Chair of
CHAT beginning in January 2020.
only Solutions for Patient Safety Collaborative member
Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) is a network of 135+ children’s
hospitals who share the vision that no child will ever experience serious
harm while we are trying to heal them. As one of 12 Texas-based SPS participating
hospitals, we undertake work around evidence-based bundles to reduce safety
events (CLABSI, CAUTI, Falls, Adverse Drug Events, Pressure Injuries,
Readmissions, SSIs, Unplanned Extubations, VAP, Venous Thromboembolism).
As of November 2018, the network has reduced three pediatric HACS (i.e.,
Falls, ADE and CAUTI) by 40% or more since 2012, in addition to reducing
harm across all other safety bundles. Covenant Children's has been
recognized as a SPS Hospital of the Month a number of times for it's
work around reducing harm and providing the highest quality of care to
only American College of Surgeons Pediatric National Safety Quality Improvement
The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is the premiere
pediatric surgical quality improvement program in the nation. We are the
only hospital in Lubbock or our region that participates, as well as being1
of 9 hospitals in Texas and 1 of 141 in the world that participate. We
provide surgical data, including 30-day outcomes data, on specific high-risk,
high-volume procedures drawn from six subspecialty areas. NSQIP then benchmarks
this data and facilitates collaboration among participating members to
drive quality improvement.