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JILL PEARSALL HAS ALWAYS FELT THAT only those who work within an organization can really understand the guts and the core of the company. It was this mind-set and some fortuitous timing that helped her transition from working for an architectural firm to taking on an in-house role in facilities and design. Pearsall started out as a manager at Houston Methodist Hospital. Three years later, she joined Texas Children’s Hospital as assistant director and has since worked her way up to her current position of assistant vice president. In April 2016, Pearsall hit her 14-year milestone with Texas Children’s Hospital. Looking back at countless projects, she says the execution of Vision 2010, a $1.5 billion initiative that was the largest expansion ever by an independent children’s hospital in the given

time frame, was her biggest accomplishment to date. Pearsall remembers her initial reaction after the announcement was made back in 2006, and laughs as she recalls asking her boss, “How are we going to do this?” Nevertheless, through exceptional project management and constant communication, Vision 2010 was not only a success but completed under budget. “You look at it as eating the elephant one bite at a time,” she says. Vision 2010 consisted of building four separate components. The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, for example, is dedicated to helping find and develop treatments for neurological diseases. The second facility, the Pavilion for Women, provides medical services for women—particularly services for expectant mothers, starting before conception and continuing through delivery.

“We run everything out of my office to let us keep our finger on the pulse and make sure everything is consistent.”

Since opening in 1954, Texas Children’s Hospital has added 577 beds to its system’s facilities.

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Rendering: FKP Architects

Jill Pearsall AVP, Facilities Planning & Development

American Builders Quarterly #63  
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