Childrenâ€™s Health Plano doctors broke ground Nov. 6 for the Childrenâ€™s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. When complete, the pediatric-focused center will be the first of its kind in the region.
Located at the southwest corner of the Preston Road campus, the four-story, 185,000 square-foot building will include four operating rooms, an imaging center, physical therapy space, orthopaedic and other pediatric clinics.
The new center is expected to open in 2017; however, it began seeing patients on Aug. 31 at the Childrenâ€™s Health Specialty Center located inside the medical center at 7601 Preston Road.
Named after world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute James Andrews, the facility will also include indoor athletic performance facilities, a half-size football field and running track, said Christopher J. Durovich, Childrenâ€™s Health president and CEO.
â€œWeâ€™ve been working with school nurses to help them, both through telemedicine as well as direct contact, and now weâ€™ll add trainers, coaches and athletic directors in what clearly is a hotbed of sports so that the kids can stay healthy and prevent injuries,â€ Durovich said. â€œBut when they are injured, we can get them the right care at the right place at the right time.â€
â€œYouth sports have played in our society and continue to play in our society a very important roleâ€”kids build self-confidence, it gives them a chance to celebrate success, it brings discipline, it brings structure, reward and fond memories,â€ he said.
In the past year, Durovich said about 30 million children in the United States participated in a form of organized athletics, and about 3.2 million suffered from sports-related orthopaedic injuries. Childrenâ€™s Health decided to focus on sports medicine and pediatric orthopaedics to prevent sports-related injuries in the first place and if they happen, to treat them, Durovich said.
As a founding partner for the project, Andrews said injuries related to overuse are seen more often among young athletes because many children play the same sport year-round in order to train to become professional athletes.
â€œThe joy of sports medicine, believe it or not, is stillâ€”winning,â€ he said. â€œOur goal here is to keep the kids on the field and out of the operating room.â€