Why Refer to Covenant Children's?
We are uniquely qualified to care for children in the West Texas/Panhandle
Plains 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 are below:
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. 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. What
this really means is that we live and breathe 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
We don't seek to "steal" patients or absorb them into our
system. 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
you to be fully aware of what happened with your patient. And our
physician liaisons are available for any of your needs such as setting up ShareVue access,
information on Covenant specialists, access issues, or any other issue
you may have with your patient's being seen at Covenant Children's.
only dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department with Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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 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.
longest running level II pediatric trauma program
As a level II pediatric trauma center, we see over 450 pediatric trauma
encounters per year. While there is one other pediatric trauma program
in the Region, we still see the bulk of the trauma volume. 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 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 its
kind for our region. Made possible by our Obstetric Hospitalist Program,
we converted our labor and delivery triage into an obstetric-specific
emergency department. This 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.
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 twenty 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.
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 a SPS participating hospital,
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). Covenant Children's
has been recognized as a SPS Hospital of the Month a number of times for
its work around reducing harm and providing the highest quality of care
to our patients.