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In a matter of two weeks, two new children’s hospitals—Dell Children’s Medical Center North Austin and Texas Children’s Hospital—were announced in far Northwest Austin. IT TAKES TWO

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Families in Williamson County in need of pediatric health care have his- torically had to travel south into Cen- tral Austin to get it. Following the news that two chil- dren’s hospitals will be built in far Northwest Austin in the coming years, however, families from Northwest Austin, Georgetown and other sur- rounding communities will soon have pediatric health care options right in their backyard. Ascension Texas announced plans May 7 to construct a new Dell Chil- dren’s Medical Center campus to be located at the intersection of Avery Ranch Boulevard and 183A Toll in Wil- liamson County. Less than two weeks later, another children’s hospital was announced by another pediatric care network. Texas CONTINUED ON 24

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To Have and To Hold, a custom gift and bridal store, was open for 37 days before it was forced to completely shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The business opened one block west of the Georgetown Square Feb. 1 after relocating from Round Rock. Opening on the Square was “a dream come true” for owner Dixie Doss, she said. “To see the rst 30 days of this busi- ness just y was incredible,” Doss said. CONTINUED ON 32 Local workforce sees the impact of coronavirus BY ALI LINAN

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FROMSALLY GRACE: I will always have a passion for news— tackling the tough topics and making space for controversial conversations. But there is beauty in what some may call the “small” stories: A 14-year-old spending her time training a service dog (see Page 23), a teacher reconguring her methods to provide music lessons for students virtually (see Page 29) and a couple maintaining a positive attitude despite opening their dream restaurant during a worldwide pandemic (see Page 31). These stories are not playing out anywhere else. Together they add to a narrative of what it means to be a part of Georgetown, and there is nothing small about that. Sally Grace Holtgrieve, EDITOR

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company opened its Georgetown location May 12 and provides suite-leasing opportu- nities for area stylists. Salons by JC is locat- ed at 940 W. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-524-6228. https://salonsbyjc.com 3 The Yard Milkshake Bar opened May 25 at 940 W. University Ave, Ste. 120, Georgetown. Owner Cheri Johnson said though the shop is known for its “Insta- gram-worthy” milkshakes, dessert options include 30-plus avors of ice cream in a cup or cone, nine avors of made-in-house edible cookie dough, specialty ice cream pies by the slice, ice cream cakes and three vegan ice cream avors. 512-688-3634. www.theyardmilkshakebar.com/ georgetown Anna Harris opened her insurance business, Harris Insurance Services , in Georgetown in early May. The busi- ness, which does not have a storefront,

specializes in health insurance, such as Medicare, supplemental insurance and life insurance policies. 713-254-6604. https://annaharrisinsurance.com/ COMING SOON 4 A Wellspring Preparatory Academy is coming to Georgetown. The school will oer care for children 6 months-12 years old from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wellspring fo- cuses on academic learning in a natural environment and provides before and after-school transportation. The school plans to break ground in August and open in fall 2021. It will be located at 2211 Westinghouse Road, Georgetown. 817-733-5618. www.wellspringprepacademy.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Club Pilates launched free introductory classes May 25 and member classes began June 1. The studio was set to open around March but was delayed due to the corona- virus. Club Pilates is located at 1225 I-35,

Georgetown, in the Wolf Crossing devel- opment. Class levels include foundational, progression and mastery. 737-237-4182. www.clubpilates.com 2 Salons by JC is now open in the Wolf Crossing development. The salon suite

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Georgetown’s Do Yourself a Flavor Cater- ing closed May 21 citing lack of business due to the coronavirus pandemic. The business did not have a storefront but has served Georgetown since 1994. Owner Alycia Tandy said she primarily catered nonprot events, all of which have been canceled and may not be meeting in the traditional way for some time. IN THE NEWS Valerie Nicholson , Georgetown mayor pro tem and District 2 City Council member, resigned from her position May 31 as she and her family are moving out of the dis- trict. Nicholson was serving her rst term on City Council after being elected in May 2017. Although her rst term would have expired in May, the election was moved to November because of the corona- virus pandemic. Nicholson also served on multiple boards during her time as a council member, including the boards for the Georgetown Economic Development Corp. and the Rivery Park and Williams Drive tax increment reinvestment zones.

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Valerie Nicholson COURTESY CITY OF GEORGETOWN www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/VSBPSL 9 Gingersnaps Kids , a designer chil- dren’s clothing boutique, relocated from Georgetown to Round Rock on April 15. The business was previously located at 212 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. It is now located at 25 Dawson Road, Round Rock, in the same location as its women’s clothing store, Haute Boutique. 512-716-0800. www.hautellc.com NEWOWNERSHIP Georgetown business owners Rob Hipp and John Montgomery took ownership of Hello Georgetown , a website focused on connecting the community by informing residents of new businesses and events. Hipp, of Hipp Radio Network Georgetown, and Montgomery, of Robert’s Printing, took over the website May 1. It was previously owned by Ken and Anne Partain. Hipp said

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5 Huntington Learning Center plans to open a location in Georgetown on July 1. Huntington oers SAT and ACT exam prep as well as tutoring in reading, writing, math, phonics and more for students in kin- dergarten through 12th grade. The business will be located in the Wolf Crossing devel- opment at 904 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, Georgetown. 512-886-0101. www.huntingtonhelps.com/center/ georgetown-TX RELOCATIONS 6 Previously working remote and mobile in vans, Helping Hands of Georgetown opened a permanent location June 1. The nonprot provides basic services including food; clothing; an introduction to avenues of employment; and connections to avail- able social services for the underserved, working poor and homeless in Georgetown, according to its website. Helping Hands

can be found at 107 Halmar Cove, Ste. 232, Georgetown. 512-688-3595. www.helpinghandsgtx.org 7 One Love Tattoos & Piercings relocat- ed its Georgetown shop May 1. The busi- ness is now located at 1202 Williams Drive, Georgetown; it was previously located at 903 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. Along with tattoo and piercing services, the business sells CBD and kratom products.. 512-868-1588. www.onelovegtx.com 8 Vanity Skin & Brow Studio relocated from 1627 Williams Drive, Georgetown, to 12700 Ridgeline Blvd., Cedar Park. The business reopened to customers at the new location May 8. Owner Jenna Nith said she will be wearing a mask and gloves and asked that clients also wear a mask. Vanity Skin & Brow oers eyebrow and waxing services, microdermabrasion, microblading, chemical peels, lash lifts and extensions, spray tanning and more. 512-508-9146.

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have altered many of our usual routines but one thing has remained unchanged: our commitment to providing the highest standard in pediatric dental and orthodontic care for our community. Our practice has always had an intense focus on infection control, but we are taking extra steps to protect our patients and their families : Universal facemask precautions for all patients & families Increased sanitation of all high-traffic and contact areas All patients, parents, employees and doctors have temperature and COVID-19 screenings All medical gas tubing is single-use and disposable Class B hospital-grade sterilization of dental instruments

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EDUCATION Georgetown ISDcelebrates seniors withaparade throughdowntown

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of cars drove through downtown Georgetown in parade fashion. Each of GISD’s three high schools—East View, Georgetown and Richarte—also held in-person graduation ceremonies throughout the weekend.

Georgetown ISD celebrated seniors whose high school careers were cut short due to coronavirus precau- tions. The event was held May 29. Family, friends and community members cheered as hundreds

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CORONAVIRUS CASE ANALYSIS Williamson County continues to see new cases of coronavirus over time.

In 2019, Williamson County was listed among the top 10 of 244 Texas counties for health care rankings. It received high marks for length of life and socioeconomic health factors, but it ranked lower for physical environment analysis. HOWHEALTHY IS YOUR COUNTY? These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed below.

NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES PER WEEK

32 30 36 95 46 81 69 60 64 115

April 3-April 9 April 10-April 16 April 17-April 23 April 24-April 30 May 1-May 7 May 8-May 14 May 15-May 21 May 22-May 28 May 29-June 4 June 5-June 11

• LENGTHOFLIFE • QUALITYOFLIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

35

183

130 TOLL

79

N

CASE BREAKDOWN

CASES BY AGE

KEY:

Total cases: 787

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

27.06%

Active cases

2020 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS (out of 244 counties) HEALTH OUTCOMES 6

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , 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

3.81%

Deaths

69.12%

Recoveries

4

Cases per 100,000 residents 132.96

Deaths per 100,000 residents 5.07

Length of life

20

Quality of life

4

HEALTH FACTORS

19

Health behaviors

GEORGETOWN CASES PER ZIP CODE Total coronavirus cases in Williamson County per ZIP code in the Georgetown area CASES KEY: CASES AS OF JUNE 12 0-19

3

Socioeconomic

188

35

Physical environment

78633

78628 26 78626 59 78633 17

78626

20-39 40-59

29

130 TOLL

78628

N

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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1 Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson 201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock 5123244000 www.ascension.org • Trauma level: Level II • NICU level: Level II • Number of beds: 149 • New programs, expansions: digestive disease center is now oering LINX procedure to treat chronic acid reux 2 Ascension Seton Northwest 11113 Research Blvd., Austin 5123246000 www.ascension.org • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: Level II • Number of beds: 117 • New programs, expansions: expanding from ve to seven surgical suites; remodeled labor and delivery as well as post-partum departments 3 Baylor Scott & White Cancer Center 300A University Blvd., Round Rock 5125090099 www.bswhealth.com/rrcancer • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Number of beds: did not provide • New programs, expansions: PET scan, second linear accelerator, dedicated CT simulator 4 Baylor Scott & White Emergency Medical Center-Cedar Park 900 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park 7377573600 www.bswemc.org • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Number of beds: did not provide • New programs, expansions: sleep study lab 5 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center- Pugerville 2600 E. Pugerville Parkway, Ste. 100, Pugerville 5126546500 www.bswhealth.com/pugervillemc • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Number of beds: did not provide • New programs, expansions: stroke- ready designation by AHA/ASA; True North designation for excellence in surgical services 6 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Round Rock 300 University Blvd., Round Rock 5125090100 www.bswhealth.com/roundrock • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: N/A • Number of beds: did not provide • New programs, expansions: electrophysiology, TAVR, retinal surgery 7 Cedar Park Regional Medical Center 1401 Medical Parkway, Cedar Park 5125287000

GEORGETOWN

GEORGETOWN

LEVEL I

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

8

29

130 TOLL

2243

1460

LEVEL I I

• Oer specialists on call 24/7 • Can transfer to Level I facilities • No research component required

1

3 6

ROUND ROCK

175

LEVEL I I I

183A TOLL

1431

• Oer resources for emergency surgery, intensive care • May have to transfer to Level I and II centers

7

79

WHITESTONE BLVD.

10

4

LEVEL IV

• Provide initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities • Will likely have to transfer to higher level trauma center

LAKELINE BLVD.

35

I

45 TOLL

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NICU LEVEL TEXAS

620

5

PFLUGERVILLE

LEVEL I

• Well nursery • Can care for mothers, infants at 35-plus weeks gestation with routine perinatal problems • Anesthesiology, lab, radiology, ultrasonography, blood bank services and pharmacist available

9

2

HARRIS BRANCH PKWY.

AUSTIN

LEVEL I I

360

• Specialty care nursery • Can care for mothers, infants at 32-plus weeks gestation with problems to be resolved rapidly • In addition to Level I requirements, dietician, and physical and respiratory therapists available

183

MOPAC

MAP NOT TO SCALE N

• NICU level: Level II • Number of beds: 108 • New programs, expansions: expanding with a Leander walk-in clinic in June; Family First Express Care of Leander is a joint project with Premier Health 8 St. David’s Georgetown Hospital 2000 Scenic Drive, Georgetown 5129433000 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: Level I • Number of beds: 114 • New programs, expansions: developed a surgical robotics program 9 St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas and St. David’s Children’s Hospital 12221 N. MoPac, Austin 5129011000 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: Level IV • NICU level: Level III

• Number of beds: 391 • New programs, expansions: pediatric unit relocation and NICU expansion 10 St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center 2400 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock 5123411000 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: Level II • New programs, expansions: N/A 11 St. David’s Surgical Hospital 1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin 5122487000 www.stdavids.com • Trauma level: N/A • NICU level: N/A • Number of beds: 46 • New programs, expansions: did not provide This list is not comprehensive. • NICU level: Level II • Number of beds: 171

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WELLNESS Georgetown area pediatricmental health professionals see spike in needed services

Health Care Edition 2020

BY ALI LINAN

play and social interactions outside the home, which have been hindered by the pandemic, are particularly important for children and adolescents. “There’s a movement in many dierent circles right now to shift the language of social distancing to distance socializing,” Talebi said. “I think what’s happened is a lot of people feel like we can’t socialize anymore with these mandates in place ... when in reality, there’s still many, many options in the way of being able to socialize responsibly.” He emphasized the importance of routine for children during this time. Talebi said with all the uncertainty of how life will be impacted or when the

As the coronavirus pandemic closed schools and forced children indoors, area mental health profes- sionals have seen an increase in need and severity of pediatric mental health care. Erin Basalay, chief operating ocer of Rock Springs Hospital in Georgetown, said the hospital has seen more cases of increased anxiety and depression in young people since mid-March. “We’re seeing that whether or not a child or adoles- cent had a pre-existing anxiety or depressive diagno- sis, a lot of the byproducts of COVID-19 in terms of being cut o from their typical social supports and social structure with schools and friends, [or] just being able to [process] out of

Rock Springs oers outpatient and inpatient services. (Courtesy Rock Springs)

settings, according to its website. Dell Children’s has licensed sta on call 24 hours a day to address the behavioral and mental health needs of children and their families. May was Mental Health Awareness Month nationwide. “Parents, if you hear something alarming, if the kid is saying, ‘Yeah, I’m really struggling’ or ‘I’m thinking about hurting myself’ or ‘I just can’t get these feelings of worry and dread under control,’ then seek some help,” Basalay said. “Don’t let it continue to fester.” PEDIATRICMENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES The coronavirus pandemic has heightened stressors in children and adolescents. If you are looking for help, here are some options. Behavioral Health at Lake Aire Medical Center 877-800-5722 https://lonestarcares.org Bluebonnet Trails Community Services 844-309-6385 http://bbtrails.org Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute 512-819-1154 www.georgetownbehavioral.com Rock Springs 512-746-7345 https://rockspringshealth.com Or call your pediatrician or school counselor for more resources.

new normal will feel normal, if kids have a routine, they feel safe and are less likely to act out. Talebi said Dell Children’s may not have seen more cases in the mental health department, but they were “kicked up a notch.” “A lot of these increased [symptoms] are because of the additional layer of anxiety from COVID[-19],” Talebi said. “A lot of kids who already had baseline

the house more freely, has been very stressful for children and adolescents,” Basalay said. She added in particular the hospital is seeing an increase in suicidal tendencies in teenag- ers, whether it is expressing a thought, plan or actually following through and hurting themselves. Basalay said it is particularly important for children and adolescents to get out the house for developmental purposes, such as learning social cues and

“IT’S BEEN SORT OF AN UNFORTUNATE BYPRODUCT OF CORONAVIRUSTOKEEP PEOPLE SAFE, BUT THEN YOU’RE ALSOKEEPING THESE ADOLESCENTS AND KIDS INAN ENVIRONMENT THAT FEELS VERY RESTRICTIVE FOR THEM." ERIN BASALAY, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF ROCK SPRINGS HOSPITAL

depression or baseline issues with anxiety, they end up really struggling a lot more because now we’re adding the fact that they can’t socialize with friends, which could be a really big coping strategy for them.” Ultimately, Basalay and Talebi recommend parents talk to their kids, keeping the line of communication open, and to reach out when outside help is needed. Basalay and Talebi said both Rocks Springs and Dell Children’s are also oering telehealth options for patients and families, which have had a positive impact in increased access. Rock Springs provides mental health services and addiction treatment in both inpatient and outpatient

developing a personality, but it is dicult when they are required to stay inside, sometimes feeding o the stress and tension from their parents or caregivers, who also are dealing with stressful times. “It’s been sort of an unfortunate byproduct of coronavirus—to keep people safe [indoors], but then you’re also keeping these adolescents and kids in an environment that feels very restrictive for them,” Basalay said. Hani Talebi, director of pediatric psychology at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, also said

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INNOVATION St. David’s brings latest tech to communitywith the addition of $2million surgical robotic device

Health Care Edition 2020

BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

the patient. This robotic technology is just the next evolution, where you can make smaller incisions and work in tighter spaces more easily.” Almost anything that can be done laparoscopically can be done with the robot, Dunlap said, including gall bladder, hernia, colon and other bowel surgeries; gastric and bariatric surgeries; and more but with a faster recovery time. The robot is also more ergonomic to operate and does not require the surgeon to lean over like in traditional surgery, which can result in chronic neck and back pain. “It could certainly extend surgeon and physician operating careers, which is a secondary benet to patients,” Dunlap said. St. David’s Georgetown CEO Hugh Brown said the hospital anticipates the addition of the robot will attract more surgeons to the community. “These doctors are calling and saying, ‘We would like to come to Georgetown now that you’re able to allow us to use the tools that we feel are in our patients’ best interest,’” he said, adding the hospital still maintains all other surgical options along with the addition of the robot. “This is the leading-edge technology, but it’s not appropriate for every case,” he said. “I do think it will enhance the ability for more patients to not have to travel to other facilities—now, they can stay right here in Georgetown.”

Earlier this year, St. David’s George- town Hospital purchased a $2 million robot to assist with minimally invasive surgeries. The device includes multiple arms attached to a console that interacts with the patient as the surgeon operates it nearby. According to Dr. Wade Dunlap, a general surgeon at St. David’s George- town, using the robot results in smaller incisions, decreased time at the hospital, faster recovery and less pain medication. “I do inguinal hernias using the robot, and even laparoscopically patients would have a fair bit of pain afterwards and require narcotic prescriptions,” Dunlap said. “At this point in my robotics practice, 95% of patients are discharged with no opioids or narcotic prescriptions. They’re maintained on Tylenol or Advil and sometimes not even that.” The acquisition of the robot speaks to St. David’s commitment to advanc- ing and oering a full range of technol- ogy, Dunlap said. “There’s always been evolution in surgery,” he said. “In the beginning you just made an incision as big as you needed to get your hands in and do what you needed to do to x the problem. And then, there was the advent of laparoscopy, where you used small incisions and cameras and scopes in order to have less impact on

Dr. Wade Dunlap, a general surgeon at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, adjusts some of the instruments on the robot. When operating the equipment during a procedure, he sits at a console and guides the instruments remotely. (Photos courtesy St. David’s HealthCare)

Hugh Brown, CEO of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, speaks at a Feb. 20 ribbon-cutting.

Brown examines the new technology.

Surgery during COVID-19

After postponing due to coronavirus, the hospital resumed surgeries and robotic procedures April 27. Additional precautions are being taken, including the following:

removal or frequent cleaning of high- touch items. • Non-COVID-19 patients as well as those receiving outpatient care or patients with scheduled procedures are treated in separate areas and assigned caregivers who are not concurrently caring for COVID-19- positive patients. • All patients are tested for COVID-19 prior to their surgery or procedure. • Updated visitor policies, including limitations, which have been in place for the duration of the pandemic, remain in place across facilities.

• Screening processes, including temperature checks, are in place for all patients, visitors and clinicians before they enter facilities. • Universal masking is required throughout facilities, which exceeds Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. • Each facility has a separate location for COVID-19-positive patients and those who are under investigation. These patients are masked and escorted to designated locations. • Heightened infection-prevention policies are in use, including the

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