Panda Cares Center of Hope Opens at Texas Children’s Hospital Medical Center Site

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In partnership with Panda Express, Texas Children’s Hospital celebrated the unveiling of two new facilities as part of the restaurant chain’s 10-year, $5.9 million commitment to bolster the hospital’s exercise and rehabilitation program.

The partnership will also expand the hospital’s palliative care program, according to a Nov. 3 press release.

Panda Cares Center of Hope Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories are now open on the 20th floor of the Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tour at Texas Medical Center, 6651 Main St., Houston. Additionally, the Panda Cares Center of Hope Therapy Gym opened on the 24th floor of the tower.

The Center of Hope offers programs that address the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of children, according to the release. A program called LAUNCH — or Learning and Understanding New Cardiac Habits — will provide Heart Center patients with space and resources for individualized exercise programs, nutritional counseling, and physical and occupational therapies. The donation also covers the addition of two full-time positions at Texas Children’s to support health and wellness.

“People don’t really think about hospice care for children because thankfully most children are healthy,” Texas Children’s Hospice Care Manager Dr. Tammy Kang said in a statement. “But for those with serious or chronic illnesses, our goal is to maximize quality of life while supporting the parents and family members who care for them.”

Panda Express’ donation is part of a larger effort by the chain that involved donating more than $120 million to Children Miracle Network hospitals across the country, said Da Wei Cheng, Panda’s regional operations manager. Express.

www.texaschildrens.org

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