July 07, 2014
Free, Community-Wide Event Will Allow Residents To Tour Facility, Learn About Medical Services
AUSTIN, TX — On Saturday, July 19, 2014, St. David’s HealthCare will celebrate the opening of its newest free-standing emergency center. The new St. David’s Emergency Center in Cedar Park—which will serve, as an extension of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center— will soon begin treating patients with medical emergencies in Cedar Park and the surrounding areas. St. David’s Emergency Center is located just south of the Lakeline Market Center at 14016 North U.S. Highway 183. This is St. David’s HealthCare’s fourth free-standing emergency center.
“St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is pleased to bring advanced, comprehensive emergency care to this growing community,” Deborah Ryle, chief executive officer of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, said. “We have been providing quality healthcare to patients in Central Texas for many years, and the new center will allow us to bring the same level of expertise—as well as peace of mind—to the residents of Cedar Park.”
St. David’s Emergency Center in Cedar Park will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as a full-service, free-standing emergency department, staffed by board-certified physicians and nurses trained in trauma care. It will feature 12 treatment beds; a CT scanner; advanced testing capabilities, including radiological testing; and a medical lab. Patients requiring inpatient care will be transported from the facility to area hospitals.
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center has named Robert Simpkins, M.D., as medical director of the St. David’s Emergency Center in Cedar Park. Dr. Simpkins has worked the past 16 years at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and most recently served as the medical director of St. David’s Urgent Care Pflugerville, an extension of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Dr. Simpkins is a faculty member of the Department of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock.
Dr. Simpkins earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his residency at R.L. Thompson Strategic Hospital in Fort Worth.
“Our staff has extensive experience providing quality emergency care, and we will be able to treat any medical emergency in a fraction of the time,” Dr. Simpkins said. “In an emergency, patients want exceptional, convenient care they can trust.”
Physician staffing will be provided by Capitol Emergency Associates, the group of board-certified emergency medicine physicians that provides care in St. David’s HealthCare emergency departments throughout Central Texas.
The community-wide grand opening event is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event will allow residents of Cedar Park and surrounding areas to tour the new emergency center and learn more about the medical services it will offer. The event will also feature food and fun activities for families.
The new emergency center is expected to open in the next few weeks.
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 Round Rock Medical Center
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, located in Round Rock at 2400 Round Rock Avenue, 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. With 169 beds, this acute care hospital provides comprehensive health services to residents of Williamson County and the surrounding areas. Services include The Heart and Vascular Center with express testing, maternity and newborn services with Level I and II nurseries at The Women's Center, and a 24-hour emergency department with a Level II Trauma Center. St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is also known for advanced orthopedic and bariatric services, among other complex specialties. Thomson Reuters named St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center to the list of 100 Top Hospitals in 2012. 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. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.