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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances First in East Texas to Offer Round-the-Clock Pediatric Surgery January 10, 2022

Tyler, Texas – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System has become the first healthcare facility in East Texas to offer round-the-clock, dedicated pediatric surgery services to patients. Thanks to a new partnership with Pediatrix® | Pediatric Surgical Associates, part of the Mednax®, Inc. family, children and families now have access to a wide array of life-changing procedures right here at home through a team of board-certified pediatric surgery specialists.

“Pediatric Surgical Associates is a highly-respected and experienced group that will be here serving CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, offering scheduled and on-call surgical services, as well as a walk-in clinic,” said Lynn Wyllie, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, Associate Vice President – Perioperative Services, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “Previously, outside of the Ear/Nose/Throat procedures, children would need to travel to Dallas or Houston to receive surgical care. Now, they can stay in town – which is better for the patients, for their families and for their care.”

Pediatric Surgical Associates surgery services include, but are not limited to, abdominal and abdominal wall surgery, thoracic surgery (chest and chest wall), genitourinary surgery, head and neck surgery, skin and soft tissue surgery, laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive), birth defects and prenatal counseling. Their distinguished team of providers has more than 100 years of combined experience and are wholly committed to the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to their care. The physicians will provide 24/7 hospital coverage, ambulatory surgery services and an outpatient clinic located at 417 Saunders Ave, adjacent to the main campus.

“Our group of surgeons is based in Dallas, but I grew up in East Texas, and several other members of the group have ties here, as well,” said Jay Roden, M.D., FACS, Medical Director, Pediatric Surgical Associates. “This is a growing community with a need for pediatric surgery, and we want to serve that need. We love the mission of CHRISTUS Health, and we are excited to join together in this effort with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System to allow kids to be cared for in their community, close to home.”

“They align closely with our vision and with how we operate,” said Wyllie. “They are using the same Epic Electronic Health Record, so patients and families will be able to use MyChart and our CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic pediatricians will be able to send direct, easy referrals for care.”

Pediatric Surgical Associates utilizes a collaborative, team-based approach to the diagnosis and management of each patient’s surgical condition. They actively involve members of the family, the patient’s primary care physician and other members of the health care team throughout each step of the process to achieve the highest quality outcome.

“At CHRISTUS Health, we take pride in being able to provide access to incredibly high-level care for all of our patients across the entire system,” said Jason Proctor, Ministry President, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. “The key factor here is that we can offer these critical pediatric surgery services right away, without having to go out of town for a surgery: consultation, clinic visits, surgery – all right here. Giving our patients that continuity of care is exciting and because it’s not only convenient and related to improved recovery and outcomes, but because it allows us to further our Mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”