Department of Pediatrics



Baylor College of Medicine is the site of the Texas Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and is working in partnership with the largest children's hospitals in Texas, their affiliated colleges of medicine, and representatives of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Grant partners are:


Children's Medical Center in Dallas with its academic affiliate, the University of Texas Southwestern, is a major grant partner for regional representation of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The division chief of pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Halim Hennes, is an EMSC Targeted Issues grantee and is an established educator and researcher in pre-hospital pediatrics.

Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth assists with regional representation of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Its trauma program director, Sally Snow, is a nurse with emergency pediatric experience. She represents the Emergency Nurses Association as its liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee On Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the Steering Committee of the Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals program. Sally is also a member of the EMSC Advisory Committee.

Dell Children's Hospital provides regional representation for the Austin area. Dr. Kate Remick, pediatric emergency medicine specialist, and Diana Kraus, Director of Trauma Services, support the educational and research initiatives of the EMSC State Partnership. Dr. Remick and Mrs. Kraus also serve on the EMSC Advisory Committee.

Houston Fire Department provides expertise and perspective on pediatric pre-hospital care through its pediatric medical director, Dr. Paul Sirbaugh.

Texas Parent to Parent is a valuable partner supporting the EMSC Continuing Education Program by bringing their unique experience and expertise with children and youth with special health care needs and involving parents and their children in interactive training in family-centered assessment and management of CSHCN for EMS and other medical professionals. In addition, with networks of families, support groups, and advocacy organizations, and with a commitment to improving all aspects of health care access and delivery for children and youth with special health care needs, including emergency medical care, TxP2P is an important partner in advocating for improved policy and practice and in the ongoing expansion of the statewide Family Advocates Network in Texas. Debbie Wiederhold, medical education residency training program (MEd Program) coordinator and resource coordinator, serves as the EMSC Family Representatives on the EMSC Advisory Committee.

Texas Department of State Health Services and its office of EMS, under the direction of Jane Guerrero, facilitate achievement of the performance measures of the grant through its oversight of EMS agencies and pre-hospital professionals throughout the state. The office of EMS has agreed to share access to public data, and Jane Guerrero and State EMS Director Joe Schmider participate on the EMSC Advisory Committee.

The Pediatric Committee of the Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council is an important partner since the committee's recommendations impact pediatric-specific EMS policies in Texas.

The Emergency Medicine Committee of the Texas Pediatric Society is an important partner in advocacy. TPS is the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and both organizations have extensive history in advocating for advancements in the medical care of children.