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Area hospital systems invest billions in expansions to keep pace with Central Texas population boom

In the coming years, hospital systems and health care providers in Central Texas will invest almost $2.5 billion to grow their physical footprint by building new facilities or expanding existing ones. Creating capacity

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in the nation. Andy Davis, the CEO for Ascension Texas, a major health care system that includes Ascension Seton and Dell Children’s, said based on pro- jections, within 10 years the metro area will have a 1,200-bed decit. “The great thing about Central Texas is the community is growing in every direction, and so it presents a unique opportunity for us to make sure that we’re doing all we can to be present in a way that keeps families close to home and together,” Davis said. Bringing care to the community One hospital system making a major investment in physical infrastructure is

Central Texas is on pace to gain more than 600 hospital beds in the next three years, including two new hospitals in growing suburban areas, two new chil- dren’s hospitals in Northwest Austin, a new behavioral health hospital and expansions at seven existing facilities. Combined, three major health care systems are investing almost $2.5 billion in physical infrastructure to increase access to services and meet the needs of the growing region. Hospital ocials said the additional space is necessary to care for the pop- ulation of a rapidly expanding region, with Williamson and Hays counties ranking as some of the fastest growing

637 NEW HOSPITAL BEDS have been announced or are under construction at 12 hospitals across three health care systems.

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DRUG DEATHS

Overdose deaths reach ‘crisis’ level in Travis County

Top 4 causes of accidental deaths Drug toxicity

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that her organization is using to prevent overdose deaths. The purpose of the town hall was to urge local leaders to dedicate more resources toward combating drug overdoses, which the Travis County medi- cal examiner would state in late

May was the leading cause of accidental death in 2021 for the county. “My question to policymakers is when is enough, enough?” said Nova Skye, outreach coordinator for the THRA, a nonprot that CONTINUED ON 28

In early May, Cate Graziani, president of the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance, stood on a stage in front of a veritable who’s who of local government o- cials holding a bag of supplies, some illegal under Texas law,

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Austin. The Minnesota-based company believes in bettering the environment by using eco-friendly materials from plastic that would have ended up in the ocean. 512-872-6646. www.yardbird.com COMING SOON 6 Ballard Designs , a store that sells home furniture and accessories with European inuence and oers design services, will open in The Arboretum in early 2023. The store is taking over the former Gap location at 10000 Research Blvd., Stes. 108-111, Austin. www.ballarddesigns.com 7 A Bouldin Acres restaurant and drinkery location is underway at 1806 Braker Lane, Austin. Ocials said the second location will have the same oerings as its South Lamar location. Bouldin Acres, which bills itself as family- friendly, features food trucks, a full- service bar, pickleball courts, a playground and more. There is no estimated opening date. www. bouldinacres.com

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stores in the nation and sells ocially li- censed merchandise, held a soft opening in May and a grand opening June 4-5 at 9828 Great Hills Trail, Ste. 330, Austin. 512-294- 2607. www.holocronstoystore.com 3 Rocket Coee ATX opened June 1 at 8701 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 2127, Austin, in the Artisan Center. The family-owned, full-service coee shop oers hot and iced coee drinks, pastries and desserts. Owner Sami Alasi said he plans to open

a second location in early 2023. 512-551- 2655. www.rocketcoeeatx.com 4 Universal Technical Institute, which oers training in automotive, diesel and welding careers, opened a location May 16 at 301 W. Howard Lane, Austin. Courses last from 36-51 weeks. 737-284- 3100. www.uti.edu 5 Yardbird, a sustainable outdoor furniture shop, opened its rst Texas showroom May 27 at 9705 Research Blvd,

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In addition to a building demonstrating virtues every martial artist should have, the 7,500-square-foot facility has a state-of-the-art spring oor to support training mats and provide a safe environment. The facility said it plans to hold a grand opening in the fall after an expansion is completed. www.sixbladesbjj.com

NOW OPEN Residents of Northwest Austin have a new jiujitsu training hub with the opening of Six Blades Jiu Jitsu in April, in the Anderson Mill area at 13642 US 183, Ste. 300, Austin. Instruction is led by sensei Xande Ribeiro and Alexandre Kunzel, International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation world champions. Ribeiro is the rst IBJJ Hall of Famer to teach in Texas. The practice oers instruction to people of all ages and skill levels with the goal of building a community of strong kids and adults who feel condent, prepared and safe. plates. 512-854-9473. www.tax-oce.traviscountytx.gov ANNIVERSARIES 14 Wonders and Worries , a nonprot organization based in Austin that provides professional support for children through a parent’s illness, is celebrated its 20th anniversary in February. Some of the services Wonders and Worries oers is age-appropriate understanding of illness, treatments and side eects; strategies for expressing feelings related to changes in the family; skills for coping with stress, anger, sadness and fear; and connections to peers sharing similar

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company’s Kroger Delivery Network and will service the Austin area. 11 Semper Laser Clinic will open its rst Austin location at 9503 Research Blvd., Unit 530, Austin, on July 5. The laser hair- removal clinic has two Houston locations and will also be opening one in Dallas. www.semperlaser.com 12 Swiss watchmaker Hublot will open an Austin storefront in The Domain in July at 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 108, Austin. The luxury watch brand combines gold with natural rubber in its designs. www.hublot.com RELOCATIONS 13 The Travis County Tax oce moved to 2433 Ridgepoint Drive from Airport Boulevard in Austin in early June. The center, named the Nelda Wells Spears Building, is named after Texas’ rst black tax assessor-collector. The oce collects court costs, nes and fees; property taxes; administers beer, wine and liquor licenses; disabled parking placards; vehicle registrations; titles; and license

8 Cinnaholic , a plant-based bakery specializing in custom gourmet cinnamon rolls, brownies, edible cookie dough, cookies and more, will open this summer at 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 136, Austin. Cinnamon rolls have endless avor combinations with more than 40 dierent frostings and toppings available. All products are made with high-quality ingredients and are 100% vegan, dairy- and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free. 833-246-3726. www.cinnaholic.com 9 The Dirdie Birdie , an indoor mini-golf course experience that describes itself as “a new school vibe on an old-school classic” will open in the fall to The Domain at 10910 Domain Drive, Ste. 120, Bldg. W., Austin. The immersive mini-golf experience is set to feature several Austin landmarks and original concepts as well as food and drink. www.dirdiebirdieatx.com 10 Kroger will open a 70,000-square- foot delivery warehouse at 2401 Ferguson Lane in Northeast Austin. The warehouse will be a “spoke” in part of the

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WORTH THE TRIP Float Fest, July 2324 Float Fest will return to Gonzales, about 65 miles southeast of Austin, with more than a dozen acts including Vampire Weekend, Chance the Rapper and Tove Lo. The event oers a 2-mile oating trip down the river and walk-on access to the concerts. This year, the event will feature a draft beer station where attendees can ll reusable containers. Times vary. Single- day general admission tickets start at $134. www.oatfest.net 1 CR 197, Gonzales

Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic will be held at Q2 Stadium this year and features special guests such as Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tyler Childers, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Charley Crokett, Allison Russell, Particle Kid, Steve Earle & The Dukes and Asleep at the Wheel. 11 a.m. (doors open), noon (show starts). $55-$472. 10414 McKalla Place. www.q2stadium.com

Cars and Coee Austin, one of the largest car meetups in the country, returns to Circuit of The Americas. The July meetup includes a Formula 1 watch party with the F1 French and Belgium Grand Prix races on big screens. Shuttles will be available to the tower observation deck. 8 a.m.-noon. Car show: free (spectators), $10 (show cars). Lot A, Circuit of The Americas Boulveard, Del Valle. www.thecircuit.com

23 THROUGH 31 SEE BANKSY Banksyland is an international touring exhibition featuring 80 pieces and installations across 22 cities from artist, lmmaker and political activist Banksy. The collection features studio works, street artworks and immersive installations. The exhibit is organized by One Thousand Ways, an international arts company specializing in experimental art immersive events. Times vary. The location will be revealed to ticket holders about two weeks before the event opening. $22-$59. www.banksyland.com 23 FIX A BEAR Children will be able to bring injured or sick teddy bears in need of a little extra love and care to the Austin Humane Society Shelter for its Teddy Bear Surgery event. The event will help diagnose and treat stued animals, giving children a glimpse into the world of animal care. Registration is required to participate as space is limited. This event is a part of the Austin Humane Society’s 10th Annual Summer Kids Series. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. www.austinhumanedv.wpengine.com

JULY 01 READ, EXPLORE AND CREATE Austin Public Library will hold its summer reading challenge, Completely Booked, through Aug. 15. Readers of all ages are invited to keep track of summer reading via the Beanstack app and log 10 hours of reading and complete ve activity badges in chosen categories, such as sports, space, writing and music. After completing the challenge, visit any branch to claim a prize at the front desk. Free. www.library.austintexas.gov/summer 04 CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY Join sponsor H-E-B and the Austin Symphony Orchestra for the largest Independence Day celebration in Texas. The family-friendly event will be at Vic Mathias Shores and feature a reworks display against the Austin skyline backed by live music. 8:30-10 p.m. Free (admission). 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.austinsymphony.org/july4 08 THROUGH AUG. 13 WATCH A SUMMER MUSICAL Zilker Hillside Theatre’s summer musical “Newsies” will run from July 8-Aug. 13.

The show is based on the real newsboy strike of 1899. Performances will be held Thursday-Sunday at 8:15 p.m. Attendees can bring blankets and picnics. Concessions will also be available. Admission is free. No reservations are required. 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin. www.zilker.org 14 WATCH A MOVIE Family-friendly lms will be shown at the El Salido pool as part of the Anderson Mill Limited District’s Float Flix program with “Finding Nemo” on July 14. The movie will begin at dusk, and the pool will close 15 minutes after the movie ends. No registration required. $5. 11500 El Salido Parkway. 512-258-4104. www.amld.org 22 ROCK OUT TO REO After a four-year break, rock bands Styx and REO Speedwagon have joined forces for the “Live and Unzoomed” tour, which will play the Germania Insurance Stadium. The bands will be joined by special guest Loverboy. 5:30 p.m. (doors open), 6:45 p.m. (show starts). Tickets start at $29.50. 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Del Valle. www.germaniaamp.com

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Clarke said in the release. Watkins has been with Capital Metro since 1994 when she started as a part-time bus operator.

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183 North Mobility Project Nightly pavement grinding, where part of the roadway is removed to level and smooth the surface, began in April on the 183 North Mobility Project at Lakeline Drive and will continue moving southbound on US 183 over the next several months, according to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Phase 1 will add a new layer of pavement for a smoother ride. Timeline: January 2022-26 Cost: $612 million Funding sources: TxDOT, Mobility Authority

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The drive down Loop 360 will soon be less congested as drivers will have fewer oppor- tunities to be caught by stoplights. Ocials from the Texas Department of Transportation along with state and local ocials gathered June 1 at Riverbend Church to kick o the $72.1 million project. The project will remove trac signals and add underpasses at the intersections on Loop 360 at Westlake Drive and Cedar Street, according to a release from the department. The project is funded by TxDOT and the city of Austin’s 2016 mobility bond and is expected to be completed by mid-2025.

Working her way up the ranks, Watkins has served as deputy CEO, chief operating ocer, and vice president of bus and paratransit services. The board of directors also approved a national search to ll the position long term at its May 23 board meeting. Tawaun Cole, Capital Metro public information ocer, said there is not a set timeline as to when the position will be lled long term.

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Survey: Access to food, water top priorities

Capital Metro to use American Rescue Plan Act funds for staffing shortages

ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODS

One of the main concerns of Travis County residents who took part in the survey was being able to eat healthy foods. Here is the percentage of residents who consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

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furthering long-term employment. “By better supporting our team members at the beginning of their tenure, it will ensure confidence in their new roles and increase the like- lihood of long-term employment,” Capital Metro Communications Specialist Blythe Nebeker said. FEDERAL FUNDS Capital Metro will receive $780,100 as part of the federal government's American Rescue Plan. Here are some uses the agency plans for the money.

Capital Metro has been awarded $780,100 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to strengthen its staffing efforts, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration announced June 3. “This is great news for the hard- working frontline staff at Cap[ital] Metro, and it will truly make a difference,” said Dottie Watkins, interim Capital Metro president and CEO, in a release. “Workforce development is an important part of our strategic plan, and investing in our frontline staff to best serve our community is key.” As Capital Metro has struggled with staffing shortages amid the pandemic, the Austin transit agency will use its grant to hire and retain more staff. Frontline workers such as operators, supervisors, mechan- ics and dispatchers will undergo a training program with the goal of

BY KATY MCAFEE

The 2022 Travis County Com- munity Survey revealed having a dependable water source and access to food are the highest priorities for Travis County residents. The survey showed internet access and traffic were also ranked top priorities. The survey had the most robust participation in its history with just under 2,500 participants, according to Travis County Planning Manager Yaira Robinson. White residents were overrepresented by 21% compared to the total population, and Hispanic residents were underrepresented by 16%. The results will be used to help Travis County Commissioners Court make more informed funding deci- sions and allocate the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund received through the American Rescue Plan Act.

22.6%

2011 2013 2015 2017 2019

18.4% 17.3%

40.9%

15.6%

SOURCE: BEHAVIORAL RISK FACTOR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

While water remains a top priority overall, communities may differ on why water remains a top concern. Multiple boil-water notices in the past three years as well as growing drought and water shortages may be the driving force behind the survey results, according to Christy Moffett, economic director for strategic investments for Travis County.

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CITY & COUNTY Public safety units weigh spending increases News from Austin & Travis & Williamson counties

QUOTE OF NOTE

HIGHLIGHTS HAYS, TRAVIS & WILLIAMSON COUNTIES Around 8% of registered voters in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties turned out to vote in the 2022 primary runoff elections. For the May 24 election, which included races for the Texas attorney general, select representatives and other state officials, 8.62% of Williamson County, 8.02% of Travis County and 8.25% of Hays County registered voters cast ballots, according to data from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. WILLIAMSON COUNTY Over $72 million in federal funding will go toward improving water and wastewater infrastructure in Williamson County, the Commissioners Court announced May 24. Commissioners unanimously passed a motion to allocate $72.5 million of its remaining American Rescue Plan Act funds to carry out the new water and wastewater the projects. Prior to May 24, Williamson County had only allocated $36.5 million of its $114 million in ARPA funds. Austin City Council meets July 28 at 10 a.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-974-2250. www.austintexas.gov/department/ city-council Travis County Commissioners Court meets June 28, July 12, 18 at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin. 512- 854-4722. www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court meets June 28, July 12, 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown. 512-943-1100. www.wilco.org MEETINGS WE COVER “WE ARE SEEKING REASONABLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION TO RESTRICT THE PURCHASE OF AR- 15 AND SIMILAR SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES BECAUSE OUR STATE LEADERS HAVE FAILED TO ADDRESS THE URGENT THREAT OF GUN VIOLENCE.” AUSTIN MAYOR PRO TEM ALISON ALTER, WHO IS SPONSORING A PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT FIREARM SALES IN THE CITY

BY BEN THOMPSON

PUBLIC SAFETY BUDGET FORECASTS Austin’s public safety units are planning for budget hikes next fiscal year.

fund spending in fiscal year 2021-22 and are each requesting budget boosts of between $5.2 million and $9.3 million for the coming year. The new budget outlooks from all three departments are based on direction from city management to “hold the line” on any spending increases beyond standard cost drivers this year, according to APD Assistant Director Michelle Schmidt. City budget planning will stretch through the summer with an ini- tial draft to be presented publicly in mid-July ahead of City Council review in August. No budget decisions are final until approved by council.

AUSTIN Austin’s three public safety departments are eyeing moderate budget increases for the coming fiscal year and will also ask city officials to consider funding other priorities, including several dozen new staff positions and millions of dollars for operations and other programs. Representatives with the Austin Fire Department, Austin Police Department and Austin-Travis County EMS presented their fiscal year 2022-23 budget forecasts to the Public Safety Commission on June 6. The three public safety branches made up nearly two-thirds of the city’s nearly $1.2 billion general

Austin Fire Department FY 2021-22

$219.4 million

FY 2022-23

$228.7 million

Austin Police Department

FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23

$443.1 million

$451.7 million

Austin-Travis County EMS

FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23

$105.8 million

$111 million

0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500*

*In millions

APH expands COVID-19 vaccines to those under 5

CITY OF AUSTIN LIVING WAGE HISTORY A community working group convened in 2014 recommended that the city tie its living wage to annual cost-of-living increases. Adjustments ended in 2018. City living wage Texas minimum wage

$4/hr $8/hr $12/hr $16/hr $0/hr

BY DARCY SPRAGUE

AUSTIN Austin Public Health announced eligibility for Moderna and Pfizer-Bi- oNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines has been expanded to include children under 5 on June 21, days after federal public health agencies said young children may now begin receiving those shots. “This vaccine expansion comes at a critical time when we’re dealing with new subvariants and high community trans- mission,” Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority, said in a release.

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City approves plan to lift Austin’s living wage to $22 per hour, a 46% hike SOURCES: CITY OF AUSTIN, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BY BEN THOMPSON

rolling out a living wage hike from the current $15 per hour. The change would apply to Austin’s thousands of civilian, sworn and temporary positions. Council’s vote came after officials heard testimony from dozens of residents and city employees who spoke to a need for higher pay.

AUSTIN Officials asked to push the minimum wage for city employees to $22 per hour this year, a more than 46% increase— although how the move fits into the Austin’s upcoming budget planning remains to be seen. City Council voted unan- imously June 16 to work on

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Cases per 100,000 population: 174.81 New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population: 2.2 % staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 1.5%

SOURCE: CDC/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Williamson County to restructure emergency dispatch communications

BY KAITLYN WILKES

reconfigure the agency. The agreement, if approved, would require “potential organizational restructuring, personnel movement, management structure, budget impli- cations, and adjustment of business and operating

processes relating to law enforcement emergency communications and fire and EMS emergency com- munications,” according to the meeting agenda. “The part that we’re really talking about is a very small subsection of

how dispatching happens for law enforcement. That has been ... designed around a joint center, meaning the sheriff’s department, the consta- bles and most smaller agencies,” Commissioner Cynthia Long said.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY The Commissioners Court voted May 31 to move for- ward with a management control agreement that would affect emergency dispatch telecommunica- tions and could possibly

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

Local health care data and information

COMPILED BY CLAIRE SHOOP

2022 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 244 COUNTIES

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH These rankings of all counties statewide are updated annually but include data from previous years. The factors listed are not comprehensive.

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

• LENGTH OF LIFE • QUALITY OF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

HEALTH OUTCOMES

3 3

6 6 7 3 6 4

Length of life Overall

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol- impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICALCARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMICFACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

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Quality of life HEALTH FACTORS

TRAVIS COUNTY

4 2 6 3

Overall

Health behaviors

Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

19

87

179

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

TRACKING VACCINATIONS

In Travis and Williamson counties, the number of people getting a COVID-19 vaccine peaked in early April 2021, with smaller peaks occurring throughout the year. Data is up to date as of June 2.

COUNTY VACCINATION DOSES BY WEEK

FULLY VACCINATED POPULATION AGE BREAKDOWN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

TRAVIS COUNTY STATE AVERAGE

150,000

5.79%

4.77%

5-11

Peak

X,XXX 04/05/2021 56,967 126,098 04/05/2021

120,000

PERCENTAGE OF RESIDENTS AGE 5+ FULLY VACCINATED 73.42%

5.66%

4.9%

12-15

90,000

51.04%

58.47%

16-49

60,000

20.39%

18.78%

50-64

73.86%

13.7%

10.66%

65-79

30,000

65.66%

3.42%

2.4%

80+

0

NOTE: NUMBERS MAY NOT EQUAL 100% DUE TO ROUNDING. SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

2020

2021

2022

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HOSPITALS

Information on local hospitals ERs, urgent cares & retail clinics

1 Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin Trauma level: Level IV NICU level: Level III Total number of employees: 1,830 Number of beds: 521 1201 W. 38th St., Austin 5123241000 www.ascension.org 2 Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson Trauma level: Level II NICU level: Level II Total number of employees: 1,015 Number of beds: 149 201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock 5123244000 www.ascension.org 3 Ascension Seton Northwest Trauma level: Level IV NICU level: Level II Total number of employees: 447 Number of beds: 117 11113 Research Blvd., Austin 5123246000 www.ascension.org 4 Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: 184

NICU LEVEL

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LEVEL I • Well nursery

• Can care for mothers, infants at 35-plus weeks of gestation with routine perinatal problems • Anesthesiology, lab, radiology, ultrasonography, blood bank services and pharmacist available LEVEL II • Specialty care nursery • Can care for mothers, infants at 32-plus weeks of gestation with problems to be resolved rapidly • In addition to Level I requirements, dietician, and physical and respiratory therapists available LEVEL III • Neonatal intensive care unit • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages with mild to critical illnesses • Can provide consultation for pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists; can perform major pediatric surgery on-site LEVEL IV • Advanced NICU • Can care for mothers, infants of all gestational ages as well as the most complex, critically ill infants • Comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists on-site; can perform major surgeries, including repair of complex conditions

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13 St. David’s Medical Center (includ- ing St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital) Trauma level: Level IV NICU level: Level IV Total number of employees: 2,208

NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: about 4,100 for the Greater Austin region Number of beds: did not provide 300 University Blvd., Round Rock 5125090100 www.bswhealth.com/roundrock 9 Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas Total number of rooms: 72 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 5123240000 www.dellchildrens.net 10 Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas Trauma level: Level I NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: 1,374 Number of beds: 210 1500 Red River St., Austin 5123247000 www.ascension.org 11 Heart Hospital of Austin Trauma level: Level IV NICU level: N/A (hospital does not have a labor and delivery unit) Total number of employees: 446 Number of beds: 72 3801 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 5124077000 www.hearthospitalofaustin.com 12 Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: 160 Number of beds: 8 6818 Austin Center Blvd., Ste. 100, Austin 5123461994 www.northwesthillssurgical.com Trauma level: Level I NICU level: Level IV Total number of employees: 2,000 35

Number of beds: 70 3501 Mills Ave., Austin; 5123242000 www.ascension.org 5 Baylor Scott & White Emergency Medical Center-Cedar Park Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: about 4,100 for the Greater Austin region 6 Baylor Scott & White Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Lakeway Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: about 4,100 in the Greater Austin region Number of beds: did not provide 2000 Medical Drive, Lakeway 5122634500 www.bswrehab.com/locations/inpatient/ lakeway 7 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Pugerville Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: 4,100 for the Greater Austin region Number of beds: did not provide 2600 E. Pugerville Parkway, Ste. 100, Pugerville 5126546100 www.bswhealth.com/pugervillemc 8 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Round Rock (including Baylor Scott & White Cancer Center) Trauma level: Level IV Number of beds: did not provide 900 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park 7377573600 www.bswemc.org

Number of beds: 490 919 E. 32nd St., Austin 5124767111 www.stdavids.com

14 St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (including St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas and St. David’s Children’s Hospital) Trauma level: Level IV NICU level: Level III Total number of employees: 1,864 21

TRAUMA LEVEL

Number of beds: 395 12221 N. MoPac, Austin 5129011000 www.stdavids.com

LEVEL I • Highest level of care • Full range of specialists, equipment in-house 24/7 • Oer teaching, research components LEVEL II

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15 St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center (including Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock) Trauma level: Level II NICU level: Level II Total number of employees: 1,074 Number of beds: 175 2400 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock 5123411000 www.stdavids.com 16 St. David’s Surgical Hospital Trauma level: N/A NICU level: N/A Total number of employees: 153 Number of beds: 46 1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin 5122487000 www.stdavids.com

• Oer specialists on call 24/7 • Can transfer to Level I facilities • No research component required LEVEL III • Oer resources for emergency surgery, intensive care • May have to transfer to Level I and II centers LEVEL IV • Provide initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities • Will likely have to transfer to higher-level trauma center

130

This list is not comprehensive.

Information regarding the total number of job openings was not uniformly provided by all hospital groups.

SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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