Cook Children's International Program

About Cook Children's

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, our 445-bed medical center is part of a pediatric health care system, known for expert care and highly advanced medical technologies.

Cook Children's Medical Center serves patients from all over the world. Come and enjoy everything Fort Worth has to offer and let us care for your family. While our extraordinary doctors, nurses and amazing technology deliver groundbreaking treatments, we never forget that it all comes down to the one child that matters most: yours.

"Before I came to Cook Children's I didn't expect to see what I saw. The facility is huge and the staff does everything they can to make the children as comfortable as possible. They care so much about each child and the physicians had patience to listen to everything I said. Even the international department helped me with everything - especially Ahmed (the care coordinator). We had a long wait in the Emergency Department and he refused to leave us at the ER and stayed with us until midnight, even though there was a translation device available." -Father of Saud A.

In addition, Cook Children's operates more than 60 pediatric medical and specialty clinics throughout Texas. Cook Children's Medical Center is ranked in the top 5 percent of the nation's hospitals for its nursing excellence and has a distinguished reputation for the extraordinary care and outcomes achieved in its Neurology and Neurosurgery, Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endocrinology, Neonatology, Pulmonology and Cancer programs.

Why Cook Children's

We understand you have a choice when deciding where to take your family for the best medical care. When considering Cook Children's, think about your family's overall experience. Cook Children's is one of the country's leading INTEGRATED pediatric healthcare systems. That means we provide a team of caregivers dedicated to your family throughout every step of your child's medical journey. For example, if your child's condition requires care from more than one medical specialty, our physicians and nurses work together on your child's individual needs and have access to the most up-to-date medical records to help deliver quality care.

Important things to consider when choosing a provider:

Board-certified/board-eligible physicians:
Board certification means that the specialist has specific knowledge and skill in a particular area of expertise. To become board-certified in a specialty, pediatricians must pass a rigorous examination. To remain board-certified, pediatric specialists must continue their education in their pediatric specialty. Cook Children's Physician Network is made up of more than 300 physician employees who are board-certified in pediatrics. 

Collaborative, family-centered care:
Everything Cook Children's does is focused on patient and family-centered care. We believe that in order to give children the highest level of care possible, we have to include the entire family. Research shows that family involvement helps patients recover from illness quicker, so our doctors and nurses encourage parents to partner with them in their child's care. Our staff has a deep commitment to working with the family and across specialties.

Nursing quality and excellence:
Cook Children's Medical Center is recognized by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Magnet® hospital, a designation for hospitals dedicated to nursing excellence and quality patient care. Fewer than 7 percent of hospitals nationally have achieved Magnet status and Cook Children's has achieved this prestigious designation three times, a recognition earned by only 2 percent of hospitals nationwide. This means our nurses are as dedicated to caring for your child as they would care for their own family. 

Nationally ranked specialties:
When you select a care provider for your child, you want one of the best. Cook Children's was named by U.S.News & World Report to its 2016-17 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" list for excellence in five specialties, including Neurology & Neurosurgery, Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Orthopedics and Neonatology. In addition, many of our doctors are internationally renowned for their knowledge and expertise in medicine and research, including care for very rare conditions. 

Transport services:
Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport team transports more than 2,600 children annually via ambulance, helicopter, jet or fixed-wing plane. This team has received the national Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence as well as the Children's Miracle Achievement Award. It is one of the country's largest pediatric transport teams and one of only five neonatal transport teams accredited worldwide from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services.

On-site pharmacy:
Many times, children with complex medical conditions require complex prescriptions. These medicines, sent home with you, are important for the on-going care of your child. Our on-site pharmacy will prepare your child's unique medicines for you while you're here and/or in some cases, ship them to your home. This means you don't have to worry about finding a pharmacy to fill those needs when you return home.

Home health services: 
Sometimes international patients may be discharged from the medical center, but still require follow-up care with a specialist before returning to their home country. We can provide a Cook Children's Home Health coordinator to ensure every family's care is organized and that communication between the family and the providers are timely and accurate. We offer clinical services such as initial discharge planning, patient assessment, medical equipment, home care instruction and on-going treatments and/or evaluations.

Cook Children's offers a convenient location

Cook Children's is conveniently located just 30 minutes from one of the world's largest international airports. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has non-stop service to many destinations all over the world, and service to more than 200 cities with over 60 non-stop flights into Latin America and Mexico.

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At A Glance

Awards and recognition

June 2016 - U.S. News and World Report
Cook Children's is named to its 2016-17 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" list for excellence in five specialties, including Neurology & Neurosurgery, Hematology and Oncology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Orthopedics and Neonatology.

June 2016 - Magnet Recognition
Cook Children's is also recognized as a Magnet® hospital - an honor recognizing nursing excellence and quality patient care.

December 2015 - Leapfrog Top Hospital
Cook Children's is among the 12 hospitals to be recognized as Top Children's Hospitals. This year, this award was given to 98 hospitals that performed at the highest levels, nationally, based on Leapfrog's quality and safety standards, considered the most rigorous of its kind. More than 1,600 hospitals report on those standards through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the results are publicly reported by Leapfrog's constituency of employers and other purchasers, as well as their employees and the public at large. This year's award marks the fifth time that Cook Children's has been named to the Leapfrog list of top children's hospitals.

August 2015 - CAMTS Accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport Systems conducted their third site survey of our Teddy Bear Transport team. The results are in and the well-deserved glowing review has granted this invaluable program full CAMTS accreditation through September 2018. This accreditation recognizes that the Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport team is dedicated to getting the most medically fragile children and neonates to our award-winning medical center quickly and safely.

August 2015 - Outstanding Lead Organization
On July 31, the award for Outstanding Lead Organization was presented to Cook Children's Health Care System and Safe Kids Tarrant County (SKTC) at the bi-annual Safe Kids Worldwide Conference in Washington, D.C.

August 2015 - Partner in MS Care
Cook Children's John and Jane Justin Neuroscience Center was recently recognized by The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Partners in MS Care program as a Partner in MS Neurologic Pediatric Care, the first pediatric center in Texas.

July 2015 - Most Wired
Cook Children's IS Team was named a 2015 Most Wired Hospital for all that they do to "harness the potential of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety." Published by Health & Hospitals Network, respondents represented more than 2,213 hospitals. This is the fourth year in a row that they've been named to the Most Wired list.

June 2015 - US News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals
US News and World Report Best Children’s Hospitals released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2015-2016. Cook Children's ranked in 6 out of 10 specialties. Neonatology #24; Diabetes & Endocrinology #29; Neurology & Neurosurgery #32; Orthopedics #32; Cancer #40; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #45.

April 2015 - Level 4 Epilepsy Center
Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 distinction is bestowed upon centers that have the "professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy."

January 2015 - Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute
Cook Children's Heart Center has become the second Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas and one of only seven in the country.

November 2014 - ELSO Center of Excellence
Cook Children's ECMO Program received the (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization) ELSO's Center of Excellence Award.

July 2014 - Accreditation with Commendation
Cook Children's CME Program has been awarded "Accreditation with Commendation" from the Texas Medical Association for a six year term. "Accreditation with Commendation" is awarded to organizations that go beyond compliance with the basic standards for accreditation by engaging within their healthcare environment and displaying the values and attributes that have the highest impact on physician practice and patient outcomes. This is the second time Cook Children's received this accolade under Dr. Peter Lazarus' leadership. It places Cook Children's amongst the highest performing CME providerships in the country.

July 2014 - Health Care's Most Wired
Once again Cook Children's was recognized as Health Care's Most Wired. We are among only 12 organizations in Texas to make this national list, which is determined by the Most Wired Survey conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association; congratulations to our Cook Children's IT department for its inclusion as one of Health Care's Most Wired.

June 2014 - US News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals
US News and World Report released its list of Best Children's Hospitals 2014-2015. Cook Children's ranked in 7 out of 10 specialties. Cancer #35, Cardiology & Heart Surgery #46, Diabetes/Endocrinology #28, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #38, Nephrology #49, Neurology/Neurosurgery #37 and Pulmonology #28.

Need help referring a patient?
Please call the International Patient Services department at +1-682-885-4685, send faxes to +1-682-885-2557, or email