Texas Mutual Insurance Company awards Endowed Education Fellowship to Dell Children’s Medical Center
The $500k gift will go toward the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease
Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider in workers’ compensation insurance, announced today a gift of $500,000 to Dell Children’s Medical Center for the Texas Mutual Endowed Education Fellowship, which will benefit the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. The fellowship will support the advanced education of world-class cardiovascular fellows specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and care of congenital heart disease for generations to come.
“We’re trying to build something different in Austin—to build a program that not only provides the very best care possible for individuals with congenital heart disease from a medical standpoint, but that also supports those patients and their families in a holistic way in the long-term,” said Dr. Carlos M. Mery, associate chief, division of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery for the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease program, a collaboration between Dell Children’s and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.. “We’re redesigning the way congenital cardiac care is provided in a way that makes more sense for patients and families. This generous gift will help us educate world-class clinicians in how to achieve that—how to provide truly multidisciplinary patient-centered care and how to find ways to improve patients’ journey through life.”
In 2018, the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease was established in partnership with Dell Children’s, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and UT Health Austin. Since its inception, surgeons at the heart center at Dell Children’s has operated on over 1,000 patients to date from all over the U.S. The program has seen a 70% increase in its clinical volumes since the doors opened.
This gift will help advance the clinical training for the next new generation of congenital heart care specialists here in Austin and worldwide, as the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease continues to expand.
“It is an honor to establish this fellowship at such an invaluable hospital like Dell Children’s Medical Center,” said Jackie Sekiguchi, community affairs manager for Texas Mutual. “Dell Children’s is already well-known for having some of the most innovative medical technology in the country, and we know this fellowship will help pave the way for their doctors and researchers to develop even more ground-breaking techniques that will save lives.”
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