HOUSTON, June 7, 2012 – On June 6, the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Center approved the membership of DePelchin Children’s Center making it the 52nd member institution of the Texas Medical Center.

DePelchin Children’s Center provides care for more than 20,000 children and their families each year and offers a wide range of services including counseling, psychiatry, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, foster care and adoption.

“The addition of DePelchin Children’s Center to the Texas Medical Center is a wonderful addition to our collection of institutions,” said Richard E. Wainerdi, Texas Medical Center President and CEO.  “As Houston’s largest and most comprehensive provider of children’s mental health, foster care and adoption services, it makes sense that DePelchin join the Texas Medical Center.  DePelchin’s membership can lead to enhanced collaboration with our other member institutions and benefit children who are patients,” said Wainerdi.

“The Texas Medical Center is world-renowned for providing high quality health care, and as a leader in children’s mental health, DePelchin Children's Center is honored to become a part of this collaboration as the 52nd member institution,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin Children's Center President and CEO.  

Member institutions of the Texas Medical Center are all non-profit institutions devoted to patient care, research, education and prevention and are required to participate in the various Texas Medical Center councils to ensure collaboration and communication amongst institutions.

ABOUT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER: Founded in 1945, Texas Medical Center has grown to become the largest medical complex in the world. It is composed of 50 institutions, all of which are self-governing. Half are agencies of government: federal, state, county, city and local and the other half are private not-for-profit institutions, several of which are large health care systems. The goal of the Texas Medical Center institutions is to improve the health status of people everywhere through research, education and patient care.

Texas Medical Center, the corporation, encourages collaboration among institutions and provides many services to what has become the 12th largest business district in the United States with 35 million square feet of built space. Former First Lady Barbara Bush has recognized the Texas Medical Center as "Houston's gift to the World".  For more information, visit www.tmc.edu

 ABOUT DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CHILDREN:  DePelchin Children’s Center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas. Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring, DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.