News Seton Williamson Launches Pediatric Program in Affiliation with Dell Children's

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AUSTIN, Texas - (May 1, 2012) - In affiliation with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the region's only pediatric hospital, Seton Medical Center Williamson is now offering pediatric care close to home for area families.

The Seton Williamson Pediatric Program, the first and only pediatric inpatient program in Williamson County, offers quality care for non-complex patient conditions that do not require a physician sub-specialist or surgery.

"Children suffering from asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and other less complex issues imagecan get the care they need, where they live," said Dr. Meena Iyer, pediatric hospitalist for Seton Williamson's Pediatric Program.

The eight-bed pediatric unit is supported by a team of Dell Children's-trained pediatric hospitalists, acute care nurses and respiratory therapists as well as child life specialists. A playroom allows patients to experience the healing power of medical play.

"With Dell Children's, we've built a program tailored to meet the health care needs of area children and supported by a team familiar with addressing those needs," said Michelle Robertson, Seton Williamson president.

The Seton Williamson Pediatric Program helps to address community demand for children-dedicated hospital care in Williamson County. In the past two years, an estimated 25 percent of patients treated in Seton Williamson's emergency department were children. The county's pediatric population grew 13 percent in five years and is expected to grow 40 percent over the next decade.

Said Robertson, "As Williamson County's population grows and evolves, Seton Williamson is growing in step to serve the needs of the community."

Other Seton Williamson achievements include a nationally recognized cardiac rehabilitation program, primary stroke and chest pain center designations and a Level II trauma center-the highest level of trauma care in the region.

Seton Williamson and Dell Children's are both members of the Seton Healthcare Family.

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