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BURGEONING PEDIATRIC CARE When the upcoming Dell Children’s Medical Center and Texas Children’s Hospital campuses open in Northwest Austin, dozens of areas of specialty care will immediately become available for nearby families.

as other specialties. “We intend to bring a full spectrum of services,” Riley-Brown said. In 2018, the Houston-based hospital networkopenedanew, 51,000-square- foot pediatric specialty care clinic in North Austin. According to a May 20 news release, that clinic and the upcoming hospital is part of Texas Children’s Hospital’s plan to bring primary care pediatric practices, urgent care clinics, specialty care locations and maternal-fetal med- icine practices to the Austin area. The upcoming Dell Children’s Med- ical Center will include a slew of spe- cialties, Born said. When the hospital opens in Novem- ber 2022, it will oer care for infectious disease; pulmonology; respiratory complications; neuroscience; gas- troenterology; dermatology; and ear, nose and throat complications, to name a few, Born said. Dell Children’s upcoming hospi- tal will include an 18-bed pediatric emergency department, according to Ascension. Additionally, the hospital’s operating rooms will be able to care for newborns and children. “This will be a great addition to an already growing medical community. This will allow access to specialty care that is important to so many par- ents to be right here in our backyard,” said Tony Moline, president and CEO of the Cedar Park Chamber of Com- merce, in an email. When operational, the new Dell Children’s campus will be designated as a Level III pediatric trauma center, Ascension stated. Medical oces neighboring the hospital, scheduled to open eight months beforehand, will further house subspecialists for follow-up services, Born said.

SOURCES: ASCENSION TEXAS, TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

PEDIATRIC SERVICES* I I I

*SERVICES MAY CHANGE BEFORE HOSPITALS OPEN.

TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL • Neonatal intensive care • Pediatric intensive care • Labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum care

DELL CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER • Allergy and immunology • Behavioral health • Cardiology • Dermatology • Developmental pediatrics • Endocrinology • Pediatric ear, nose and throat • Endoscopy and procedure rooms

BOTH • Operating rooms • Sleep labs • Emergency services • Diagnostic imaging • Pulmonology • Neurology • Gastroenterology • Pediatric surgery • Epilepsy monitoring unit • Rheumatology care

• Urgent care • Dialysis unit • Maternal-fetal medicine clinic

• Gynecology • Hematology • Infectious disease

Vice President Michelle Riley-Brown. So why have two pediatric health care systems chosen this area in Northwest Austin to build their chil- dren’s hospitals? Northwest Austin’s and Cedar Park’s growth proles, combined with the opportunity to serve the greater Williamson County community, hos- pital executives said, made the site a natural t. Newpediatric services Scheduled to open in late 2023, the 360,000-square-foot Texas Children’s facility will ultimately deliver 48 beds dedicated to an array of pediatric health services. The $48 million hos- pital will oer intensive care; epilepsy monitoring; diagnostic imaging; acute and urgent care; and labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care, as well

new children’s hospitals in Northwest Austin, located about 1 mile apart from each other, exciting news for “the fast- est-growing part of the fastest-growing city.” The new children’s hospitals will be located in Flannigan’s District 6. “It’s exciting for the health care that will be available to the high con- centration of children and families we have here,” Flannigan said. Christopher Born, president of Dell Children’s Medical Center, said Ascen- sion was looking at other locations for its rst hospital expansion, including a site in South Austin. Likewise, Texas Children’s Hospital has purchased land inSouthAustin, according toExecutive

for better serving the needs of our res- idents,” Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said in an email. Less than two weeks later, another children’s hospital was announced by another pediatric care network. Texas Children’s Hospital announced May 20 it will build a medical center at the northeast intersection of RM 620 and Lake Creek Parkway. This represents the rst hospital expansion away fromHouston for the Texas Children’s Hospital network. Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan calls the construction of two

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