View the recording below to hear about the major expansion of Children’s Health Plano and how these enhanced resources will serve the growing pediatric population across North Texas. Listen in as host Brent Christopher and Children’s Health leaders share plans to expand the world-class care available to children and families closer to home.
Khoshnood Ahmad, M.D.
Service Chief, Emergency Medicine, Children’s Medical Center Plano
Dr. Khoshnood Ahmad is the Service Chief of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Medical Center Plano. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and has practiced at Children’s Plano since 2011.
Dr. Ahmad earned his medical degree from Bahauddin Zakariya University. He completed his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in General Pediatrics and his fellowship at Westchester County Medical Center in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ahmad’s areas of interests include toxicology, injury and safety prevention and community outreach.
Daniel A. Gossett, M.D.
Medical Director, Epilepsy, Children’s Medical Center Plano
Daniel Gossett, M.D. is a pediatric neurologist and the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Center at Children’s Medical Center Plano.
Working with children has always been a calling for Dr. Gossett. Before medical school, he spent five years as a teacher – an experience that influenced his decision to go into pediatrics. As a doctor, he’s passionate about helping kids overcome health challenges and live their best lives. Dr. Gossett’s medical philosophy includes working closely with patients and their families to educate them on a broad range of options and work with them to find their individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Gossett earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern and completed his internship and residency at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. He did fellowships in pediatric epilepsy and child neurology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in treating children with epilepsy, sleep disorders, tics and other movement disorders, ADHD and other neurological disorders.
Vanessa U. Walls
Executive Vice President – Northern Market at Children's Health
Vanessa Walls joined Children’s Health System of Texas (Children’s Health) in 2011 as the Vice President of Ambulatory Services. Since that time, she has had many roles at Children’s Health leading to her current responsibilities, including both hospital-based and system-based leadership positions. Today, Vanessa supports the mission of Children’s Health to make life better for children by leading strategy and operations for the Northern Market; she also serves as the Administrator for Children’s Medical Center Plano.
Vanessa received her undergraduate degree in Health Administration from Auburn University and her Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Her career has spanned more than 30 years as a leader in health administration, including positions in both urban and rural hospitals and ranging in size from 39 beds to 900+ beds.
President – Children's Medical Center Foundation
As the president of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Brent is focused on making the organization a leading cause-of-choice in the North Texas region. That includes helping the community understand how philanthropy can impact a not-for-profit health care system; developing the Foundation’s staff and investing in talent to raise money consistently across a broad spectrum of donors; and expanding the Foundation’s pipeline of donors.
“A pediatric hospital anywhere ought to be one of the go-to charities in a local community that everybody knows about, cares about and has an opportunity to support,” Brent said.
Resources on Plano Expansion
More than a decade since opening the first pediatric hospital in North Texas north of Dallas, Children’s Health is embarking on an exciting adventure to expand Children’s Medical Center Plano to include a seven-floor tower that will triple the hospital’s capacity.
The three-year plan is an effort to expand care for a rapidly growing pediatric population in North Texas. The Plano campus opened in 2008 and provides more than 180,000 patient encounters each year.
The 300,000-square-foot tower will double the size of the Plano campus and include expanded specialty care programs such as cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and neurology, among others.
Plans also include additional operating space, a larger and upgraded emergency room and a new parking structure to accommodate more patient families and visitors. Learn more about the plans in our official press release.
Children’s Medical Center Foundation is fundraising for this renovation effort and seeking philanthropic partners to help us make this expansion a reality.
As a private, nonprofit pediatric health system, your support is a critical part of this journey to help us care for the children of tomorrow.
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