Children’s hospital

Watching a video of a meeting of our county hospital board, I heard a presentation from the head of El Paso First.

He told the group that he was in the process of visiting local and out of town hospitals to see what services they can provide to his members.

At one point he spoke of visiting out of town children’s hospitals to find places that perform services that are “still not” available in El Paso.

This makes me wonder what services our local taxpayer supported children’s hospital performs and how those services were chosen.  In short, do we have the right mix of services to serve our community effectively?

We deserve better


3 Responses to Children’s hospital

  1. Sad El Pasoan says:

    Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Psychiatric Care? What about El Paso Behavioral Health Hospital on Denver Avenue? Can Children’s Hospital refer some of its patients to EPBH instead of duplicating these services?


  2. Lisa says:

    We have “maybe” half of a great children’s hospital. What we do, we do second to none in the area. But we still can’t give El Paso what it needs.

    When physicians came to El Paso, specifically to work at El Paso Children’s Hospital, we knew it was only the beginning and we expected continued growth to meet the needs of the community. I’m not surprised EP First presented services still not available in El Paso. I’m sure they are paying bookoos of money for out of town services.

    When I am working to take care of the kids of El Paso I still have to reach out to out of town specialists and transfer kids outside of the area. I’m sure not as much as “pre-El Paso Children’s times” but it still happens.

    Here’s an incomplete and unordered list of what I think El Paso kids need:

    1. Pediatric Neurosurgery
    2. Peds Rheumatology
    3. Peds Derm
    4. Peds Genetics
    5. Developmental and behavioral specialist
    6. Peds Pulmonlogy (Our one Peds Pulm is great but is no way near enough)
    7. Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Psychiatric Care
    8. Pediatric Dialysis Center
    9. Cardiothoracic surgery
    10. Extracorporeal membrane oxgenation capabilities (Lung Heart bypass this keeps super sick kids in El Paso because you have to transfer them if you even THINK they may need. If you transfer them WHEN they need it it will be too late.)
    11. Child Life Specialists for all areas of your Children’s Hospital
    12. Child Abuse Center (In early the stages)
    13. Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Services with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists
    14. Pediatric Neurology (I dream of Epilepsy and Neuromuscular comprehensive care services)
    15. Solid Organ Transplant program and Bone Marrow Transplant
    16. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
    17. Palliative Care Services
    18. Research Center because this attracts academic physicians and keeps them as long as they are supported and fostered.
    19. Pediatric Urology
    20. Growth of our bare bones services like Pediatric Nephrology and others mentioned above.
    21. Our community to demand more and not settle for mediocracy.

    I’m with ya Brutus – We deserve better,

    Lisa – A doc trying her best to provide the best care for kids in El Paso


  3. We likely do not. But, the reality is that El Paso has a hard time attracting qualified specialists in way too many fields of medicine. Which is another reason our proposals for growth are always out of whack. Who wants to come here if services are not available?


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