Dallas Morning News (Internet / Print) 06/11/06
"The Parkland Way" of delivering babies began in the 1950s when Dallas was plagued by a high infant mortality rate among minorities. Dr. Jack Pritchard, an obstetrician-gynecologist, joined the staffs of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1955, when poor women in Dallas were giving birth at home and many of the infants did not survive. "He really worked hard to get prenatal care for patients," said Dr. Kenneth Leveno, the public hospital's current chief of obstetrics. "The public sector offered a patchwork of prenatal care, which he organized and integrated at Parkland." "It's a truly outstanding system at Parkland," said Dr. Gary D. Hankins, chairman of maternal and fetal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. "They handle more births than just about any hospital in the world, while maximizing quality relative to cost."