The unit, called Dell Children’s at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, will be located on the third floor of the hospital, thanks to a strategic alliance with Ascension Seton, which owns and operates Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration was held March 18 that featured Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell, many city council members and city staffers, local business leaders, doctors, nurses – and their children.
With the emphasis on providing kids with first-class medical treatment, snacks at the event included cookies, chocolate covered marshmallows, “happy face” mini-pizzas (each topped with two black olives and a tomato slice), and ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread cut into stars to represent Dell Children’s logo.
Dr. Mark Shen, Dell Children’s president, told the audience that he was “tremendously excited about this opportunity” to extend expert medical care outside Dell Children’s walls in Austin and into this growing suburban area. Further down the road, he said Cedar Park and other communities will see Dell Children’s expand its services further to other locations and offer outpatient care.
“I am excited to bring the premier provider of pediatric services of Central Texas to the campus of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center,” said Brad Holland, the medical center’s chief executive officer. “This strategic alliance is a defining moment in our organization’s history as we are now able to provide inpatient care for our community’s most valuable assets – our children.”
According to the 2010 census, 52.8 percent of Cedar Park households have children under the age of 18. Dell Children’s at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center will offer inpatient hospital care to children whose families previously would need to drive outside the community for these services. It will care for children with diagnoses that include asthma, bronchiolitis, cellulitis, croup, dehydration, gastroenteritis, neonatal fever and pneumonia.
“When possible, care close to home is easier for families and better for patients,” said Dr. Meena Iyer, Dell Children’s pediatric medical director. “Our Dell Children’s team of pediatric hospitalists, nurses, and child life specialists is renowned for the support provided to patients and families, and the better health outcomes that result.”
Care for pediatric patients at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center will be family-centered, with accommodations for parents in the pediatric rooms. There also will be a fully equipped playroom, where child life specialists provide care that helps children to cope successfully with hospitalization.
Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is an 85-bed, Joint Commission accredited community hospital. Serving the health care needs of Cedar Park and surrounding communities, it offers sophisticated technology, clinical expertise and compassionate physicians and staff. It has 500 physicians on medical staff and eight primary care clinics throughout the region.