Centers of Excellence: Pursuing excellence, everywhere

Parkland Centers of Excellence

We offer a variety of specialty areas that serve patients by providing distinctive care, advanced research and technological innovation.

Arrhythmia Management Center

Patients with heart rhythm disturbances are evaluated using both non-invasive techniques (EKG monitoring, tilt-table evaluation) and invasive evaluation with electro-physicology study. Treatment options range from drug therapy to curative ablation of the tissue responsible for the abnormal rhythm. Permanent pacemakers are implanted for slow heart rhythms and cardioverter-defribrillators are implanted for the management of dangerously fast rhythm disturbances. Patients are followed longitudinally in clinic and by telephone transmission of the EKG.

Burn Intensive Care Unit

Established in 1962, the 14-bed center is one of the largest civilian burn units in the nation. The intensive care unit and the acute care unit together treat more than 500 burn patients annually. It is a full-service burn center that serves north Texas and surrounding states.

Acute Stroke Unit

The three-bed unit opened in 1988 to prevent widespread tissue damage in acute stroke victims. Neurologically impaired patients benefit from state-of-the-art research protocols and treatment procedures.

Diabetes Treatment Center

The 11-bed diabetes treatment center addresses the educational aspects of treating diabetes, using medical, dietary and educational approaches to help patients with diabetes effectively manage their disease. The patient education program has been recognized since January 1993 by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Epilepsy Center

The epilepsy center attracts patients with difficult-to-control seizures from all over the southwestern United States. Treatment options range from medication therapy to surgical intervention to research drugs. The medical staff consists of UT Southwestern faculty-appointed, nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons. Facilities include the latest in diagnostic technology and the largest inpatient unit in the Southwest.

Gastroenterology Lab

The unit provides diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative management of gastrointestinal disorders. The highly specialized endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography technique is utilized as a non-surgical procedure to treat gallbladder, liver and pancreatic problems.

Geriatric Assessment Team

Through coordinated health care and social work, the team develops programs that help elderly patients to care for themselves and keep their independence.

North Texas Poison Center

Poison information specialists provide 24-hour hotline treatment information to physicians, paramedics, hospitals and residents across the entire north Texas region. Since 1984, the center has augmented the regional Emergency Medical System.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical medicine and rehabilitation annually treats more than 70,000 patients of all ages. As members of the regional referral center for burn rehabilitation and regional trauma center, therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitative services to patients with burn injuries and injuries related to trauma. They also treat patients for wound care, hand and stroke rehabilitation, and diabetic foot care, including producing custom-made orthotics. The service comprises a 14-bed inpatient unit.

Renal Transplant Unit

Texas’ first kidney transplant was performed at Parkland in 1964, with nearly 1,500 performed since then. Our transplant success rate is among the nation’s best. Parkland is the area’s only facility to offer on-site, full-service treatment programs for renal failure. Kidney/pancreatic transplants have been performed since 1990.

Trauma Center

Parkland is renowned for reducing rates of death and disability among critically injured patients. As the area’s only Level 1 trauma center, Parkland is equipped to treat any injury related to trauma. An interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists and case managers provide comprehensive services to the trauma patient and family.

Women & Children's Services

Women & Children's Services delivers more than 13,000 babies annually, making it the nation’s largest single-site delivery facility. Women & Children’s Services provides in-house and community-based obstetric and gynecological services. It also provides a high-risk pregnancy unit to assist women at risk of premature labor to carry their babies to full term.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The 107-bed unit comprises three distinct areas to treat sick babies: intensive care, acute care and continuing care nurseries. Annually, 1,200 severely premature infants and neonates benefit from its comprehensive multidisciplinary medical and surgical services. Neonatology faculty from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as well as pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioners care for the infants.

Dallas County Jail Health Parkland

Parkland serves both adult and juvenile facilities for the seventh-largest county jail system in the United States. Serving nearly 100,000 patients each year, Parkland has become a national model for correctional health care.