Northwest Austin Edition | June 2020

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EDITION

2020 HEALTHCARE EDITION

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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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Dell Children’sMedical Center NorthAustin

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Nov.. 2022 Scheduled to open

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BY IAIN OLDMAN

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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, Cedar Park and other sur- rounding communities will soon have pediatric health care options right in their own backyards. 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. “I think it’s exciting to have a chil- dren’s hospital of Dell’s caliber coming to our area. This is a fantastic addition CONTINUED ON 28

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At a time when general practitioners and pediat- ric care clinics are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of patients, many parents in and around Austin are hesitant to bring their children in for routine wellness checks and vaccinations. According to data provided to Community Impact Newspaper , Austin Regional Clinic experienced a 22% drop in administered pediatric vaccines in March and April as compared to March and April of last year. Pediatric wellness checks also declined by 38% in that same time. “Nationally, we have seen that the number of chil- dren receiving vaccines has dropped, and we’ve also seen that within our own clinics. ... We have used Pandemic causing lapses in pediatric vaccinations BY IAIN OLDMAN

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