Pediatric center in Ben Taub may be closed

March 25, 2009 5:59:39 AM PDT
The pediatric unit at Ben Taub Hospital may shut down because there's just not enough demand for childhood care at that hospital. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The Harris County Hospital District says with 30 beds, Ben Taub's pediatric unit is rarely full. The hospital also desperately needs more adult beds. So it is exploring all options, including reducing the pediatric department or merging it with LBJ Hospital, the other county hospital.

"Our commitment to pediatrics is not going away. We want to do the right thing for our community. If ultimately that means we look for alternatives, we need to look at those very carefully," said David Lopez with the Harris County Hospital District.

A final decision on what will happen with Ben Taub's pediatric unit is at least a month away.

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