Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | June 2021

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Ascension Texas breaks ground on children’smedical center

BY IAIN OLDMAN

for the future expansion of an additional 72 beds, according to Ascension materials. Ascension is also building a 60,000-square-foot medical oce building on the site of its upcoming Northwest Austin campus. This building will house medical specialists and provide pediatric care for outpatient services. “That ... medical oce building will be full of pediatric medical subspecialists and surgical subspecialists to care for children in North Austin on an outpatient basis before they need to get to the hospital,” Born said. This new children’s hospital is among several projects in progress or recently debuted. In late April, Ascension opened a new four-story pavilion adjacent to the Dell Children’s Medical Center in the Mueller development in Central Austin. Born further said Ascension will soon break ground on a four- story tower that will deliver 72 hospital beds at the Dell Children’s central campus. Dell Children’s Medical Center North will be the rst of two dedicated children’s hospital facilities coming to far Northwest Austin in Williamson County. Shortly after Ascension announced its upcoming medical center in spring 2020, Texas Children’s Hospital announced it will build a medical center at the northeast corner of the intersection of RM 620 and Lake Creek Parkway.

Before the end of next year, the rst children’s hospital in Williamson County is expected to open with an array of pediatric care. Ocials from Ascension Texas, as well as local elected ocials, were on-site in Northwest Austin to break ground on the upcoming Dell Children’s Medical Center North to be located at the southeastern corner of the intersection of US 183 and Avery Ranch Boulevard. “This investment is going to allow children in need of advanced specialty care to actually get it in their home where they live. This is what our community needs,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said at the groundbreaking ceremony. The 187,000-square-foot, four- story hospital is due to open in November 2022 with 36 beds dedicated to providing emergency pediatric care. According to Ascension, the rst oor of the new hospital will house a dedicated emergency department oering Level III trauma care. Chris Born, president of Dell Children’s Medical Center, said the rst oor at this campus will include two trauma bays, a full laboratory, full imaging services, a pharmacy and a cafeteria. The second and third oors of the medical center will house operating rooms and 36 beds for pediatric health care services along with bedrooms, a lounge and a kitchen. The fourth oor of the children’s hospital is designed to accommodate

City leaders and ocials fromAscension Texas were on-siteMay 13 for the groundbreaking of the upcoming Dell Children’s Medical Center North campus in Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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SOURCE: ASCENSION TEXASCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Ocials from Texas Children’s Hospital previously told Community Impact Newspaper that construction would start sometime in 2021 with an estimated opening date in early 2024. These two hospitals will be the rst pediatric emergency care facilities north of SH 45 N in Williamson County. St. David’s Children’s Hospital in North Austin is currently the closest pediatric hospital to Williamson County residents, and it is approximately 7 miles from Cedar Park’s southernmost boundaries. Becky O’Dell is a mother who has

two children who receive frequent pediatric care at the Dell Children’s facility in Mueller. At the May 13 groundbreaking ceremony, O’Dell said she and her husband’s calculated travel to the Central Austin medical center was a 64-mile round trip. That distance, O’Dell said, has caused her daughter to miss school hours and time with friends as she is receiving care. “It will be such a blessing to have a campus up here close to home that will cut the commute by more than half. ... We cannot wait to have this campus open up,” O’Dell said.

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