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Cook Childrens Health Care System

Healthcare - Health Services
2,500 - 5,000 employees  |  
Cook Children's Medical Center resulted from the merger in 1985 of the former Cook Children's Hospital and Fort Worth Children's Hospital. Community leaders had dreamed of this combination since the 1950s and the new facility opened in 1989 as a realization of their goal.

The former Fort Worth Children's Hospital began with the organization of the Fort Worth Free Baby Hospital on March 21, 1918, under the leadership of Mrs. Ida L. Turner, a former postmistress. The hospital was first located at 2400 Winton Terrace West, near the present campus of Texas Christian University. All of the building materials and furnishings for the hospital were donated, and in 1922, a second floor was added to the building. In 1961, under the leadership of Mrs. Nenetta Burton Carter and the Woman's Board of the Fort Worth Children's Hospital, a new facility was completed at 1400 Cooper Street, adjacent to the Harris Methodist Hospital. This facility continued to operate independently until the merger in 1985.

Fort Worth Children's Hospital doubled its size in the 1920s.
The roots of the former Cook Children's Hospital go back to January 29, 1929, when W. I. Cook Memorial Hospital opened at 1212 West Lancaster Street in Fort Worth. The original hospital, designed in Italian Renaissance architecture, had 55 beds. Mrs. Missouri Matilda Nail Cook dedicated the oil royalties from the Cook Ranch near Albany, Texas, to build and sustain the hospital's mission. When the polio epidemic was spreading in the United States in 1952, the board of trustees of W. I. Cook Memorial Hospital studied the special needs of children, voted to expand the facility to 72 beds with a special grant from the Tom B. Owens Trust, and changed its mission to care exclusively for the needs of children. Thus, the trustees renamed the facility Cook Children's Hospital, which continued to operate independently until the merger.

Cook Children's Medical Center, 2004.
As the 21st Century began, Cook Children’s added more than $100 million in new facilities to serve the children of North Texas. Cook Children’s Northeast Center, offering outpatient surgery and urgent care, opened in Hurst, Texas, in 2001. Also in 2001, a child development center operated jointly with Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, and a parking garage opened on the medical center campus.
In 2003, a $53 million addition brought a four-floor patient pavilion and critical care areas to medical center and increased bed capacity increased to 282. In 2004, a fracture clinic, urgent care center and heliport were added to the medical center campus. Construction in progress will add more heart center catheterization and heart surgery facilities to the medical center in 2005.