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St. David’s HealthCare to Launch Pediatric Program at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David's HealthCare September 11, 2014

Pediatric Program to Feature Emergency, Inpatient and Intensive Care Services

AUSTIN, TX—St. David’s HealthCare announced today that it will launch a pediatric program at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway. St. David’s HealthCare’s pediatric program will provide emergency, inpatient and intensive care services for children.

St. David’s HealthCare’s pediatric program will open as a separate, dedicated 10-bed emergency department, an 8-bed medical surgical inpatient unit and a 6-bed pediatric intensive care unit. It will be staffed by pediatric physicians, including pediatric hospitalists, intensivists and other specialties, as well as nurses and a number of ancillary staff specially trained to care for children.

“As the population of the greater Austin area continues to expand to the north, the need for pediatric services in the area grows with it,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David's HealthCare, said. “We are responding to this need by providing families in this area with access to pediatric services closer to home.”

Since 1995, more than 50,000 babies have been born at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, alone. The facility opened St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas in 2008, and it has already undergone an expansion due to increasing community need.

A significant number of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates born—newborns initially requiring a higher level of care who transition out of the hospital care setting—are admitted to other local hospitals for various seasonal conditions such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). The pediatric program within St. David’s HealthCare will allow St. David’s HealthCare to provide the services these children need, and it will allow them to stay within the healthcare system their parents choose.

“As a hospital that promotes the health and well-being of women and their newborn babies at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, it makes sense to offer families a continuum of pediatric hospital services,” Allen Harrison, chief executive officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “With the launch of this new program, we are offering a choice to many who have expressed a desire to receive care for their children at a St. David’s HealthCare hospital, including parents of babies born here.”

St. David’s HealthCare is making an initial capital investment of approximately $16 million for the pediatric program at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. St. David’s HealthCare’s pediatric program is scheduled to open in December 2014.

St. David’s HealthCare

With more than 90 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, the organization has been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. In 2014, two of the system’s facilities—St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center—were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. St. David’s HealthCare was also recognized as one of the Top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in 2012. Additionally, St. David’s Medical Center—which includes Heart Hospital of Austin—was named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2013. Perennially ranked as the top Austin-area employer among large companies by the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, St. David’s HealthCare is the fourth-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,100 employees. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The 332-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. St. David's North Austin Medical Center was named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for three consecutive years, from 2012 to 2014. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.

St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas

The St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, located on the campus of St. David's North Austin Medical Center, is the first dedicated, comprehensive center in Central Texas devoted entirely to the health and wellness of women of all ages. The center provides patients with the most advanced level of care supported by highly trained specialists and the latest technological advances. St. David's Women's Center of Texas includes a 36-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; 29 comfortable and spacious labor, delivery and postpartum rooms; 51 dedicated postpartum rooms; 18 antepartum rooms; 6 Cesarean section surgical suites; 24/7 neonatology coverage; obstetrics and gynecology hospitalists; and a midwifery program. St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas also features four maternal-fetal medicine physicians and lactation consultants. For more information, please visit WomensCenterofTexas.com.

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