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Dell Children's is Growing!

Dell Children's is Growing

AUSTIN, Texas – (March 1, 2012) – The expansion at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is underway and expected for completion May 2013. Hospital leadership unveiled details about the new tower project that will increase capacity, expand existing specialty care services and build new programs not currently available in Central Texas. Plans include the region’s first comprehensive inpatient rehabilitative care center for kids of all ages.

While an expansion was always in the Dell Children’s development plan, timing for a new tower was moved up by two years to meet the region’s burgeoning health care demands. From 2007 through 2011, patient visits increased by 67 percent at the hospital.

“We know that kids are special, and we have designed a hospital and created and evolved our complex care programs to best fit the needs of children and families within the 46-county area we serve,” said Sr. Teresa George, president of Dell Children’s Medical Center.

More patient beds mean specialty care services such as cardiology, orthopedics and sports medicine, craniofacial and reconstructive plastic surgery and neurosciences will have greater capacity.

A new inpatient rehabilitation unit will assist children to re-learn critical daily living skills. The center will be utilized by children of all ages who have had invasive orthopedic, trauma or brain surgeries, as well as complex conditions such as stroke and cancer. This will be the only center of its kind in Central Texas.

Dr. Maureen Nelson, Dell Children’s pediatric rehabilitation medical director and pediatric physiatrist, said about the new unit, “It means that families can get all of their health care needs in the community in which they live—from acute care through rehabilitation and recovery.”

With expanded pulmonary acute care capacity, Dell Children’s will serve a greater number of children and adolescents with debilitating lung and breathing disorders such as cystic fibrosis and severe asthma.

“Growing our individual complex care programs, like pulmonary and neurosciences, will allow us to help more kids with complex conditions that require specialized teams, technology and care processes,” Dr. Nelson added.

She also explained that the creation of specialty intensive care units will allow the medical teams to focus more substantially on the treatment and recovery of a child’s specific condition.

Creating the vision for “smarter” patient rooms

The new tower development team gathered input from a variety of groups including information technology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, family-centered care and medical staff in trauma, neurosciences and other specialties.

The new tower development team gathered input from a variety of groups including information technology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, family-centered care and medical staff in trauma, neurosciences and other specialties.

The new tower will be equipped with technology that will provide more efficient health care delivery while also enhancing patient experience.

Using technology, rooms will be designed to improve distribution of patient information by incorporating real-time data from the patient, medical staff and other devices. Details for the technology architecture are being finalized.

Construction of the three-floor, 76,683-square-foot, 72-bed hospital tower is ongoing. When finished, Dell Children's will be 41 percent larger than its current footprint. Up to 200 additional employees are expected to be hired over the next year to fully service the new tower when it opens to patients.

‘Building for the Future’ Campaign

Building for the Future

The Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, the fundraising arm for Dell Children’s, recently announced its “Building for the Future” campaign to raise half of the $48 million required for the project. The remainder will be funded by the Seton Healthcare Family and its parent organization, Ascension Health.

A lead gift of $6 million was provided by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. As with the initial campaign to build the hospital, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has committed a matching grant to the Building for the Future bed tower campaign. For every $2 raised by the community, the Dell family foundation will donate $1 to the campaign, up to $6 million. This generous grant is an invitation to others in the community to join forces and leverage their own giving to have even greater impact for the hospital.

“We are halfway to our goal thanks to the many committed donors who have been so generous during the early phase of the campaign,” said Tim Crowley, board chairman for the Children’s Foundation. “Dell Children’s constantly strives to maintain itself as a pediatric center of excellence, and it is the support from the community that makes this possible.”

FAST FACTS

  • Dell Children’s, a member of Seton Healthcare Family, is the only free-standing pediatric hospital in the region.
  • In 2011, the hospital had more than 141,000 patient visits.
  • The new tower, referred to as the “third bed tower,” increases the hospital’s capacity to 247 patient beds.
  • Construction for the new tower began in October 2011 and is expected to open for patients in May 2013.
  • Expanded programs include cardiology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and a surgical intensive care unit.
  • The project includes Central Texas’ first pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit for kids of all ages recovering from complex surgeries and complicated illnesses, including orthopedic, trauma and brain surgeries as well as cancer, stroke and much more.

For further information and to become involved, please contact Kristi Gordy at 512-324-0092 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .