Ascension Texas Media Coverage Report: Sept. 1-7






Dell Ascension Seton expands the type of burns it can treat


Austin American-Statesman

Nicole Villalpando

September 7, 2017


Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas has launched a new burn program. The program can treat people with burns of up to 30 percent of their bodies. It also can treat burns that involve the face, hands feet, joints and genitalia. Previously those patients would have been sent to Dallas or San Antonio.


“We felt like we could responsibly expand our burn services now that our medical offerings have matured throughout the last five to 10 years,” Dr. Ben Coopwood said in a news release. He is the head of the program as well as the trauma team at Dell Ascension Seton.


If you have a blistering burn larger than your hand or a burn that causes your skin to feel like leather, you should go to an emergency room, Coopwood said.



Dell Ascension Seton Expands Burn Program


Spectrum News

September 7, 2017


Dr. Ben Coopwood, medical director for Burn Program at the Ascension Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas gives the details.



Clinical trials available



Terri Gruca

September 2, 2017


Four month old Harper is undergoing a clinical trial available at Dell Children’s Medical Center to treat her acute lymphoblastic leukemia.


Many clinical trials are offered at Dell Children’s to help those families left with little hope after a major illness is diagnosed. The details of their cases in turn help pharmaceutical companies with their research and development, perhaps towards a cure.



7 health systems’ philanthropic responses to Hurricane Harvey


Becker’s Hospital Review

Alia Paavola

August 30, 2017


In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction numerous healthcare organizations quickly responded with donations, volunteers and equipment to support disaster relief efforts across Texas.


Ascension, based in St. Louis, accepted evacuated patients at its various hospitals in Austin, Texas, including Ascension Seton Medical Center, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital. Additionally, Ascension is collecting donations through its Ascension Seton Fund to aid relief efforts.


Saint Thomas Health taps Michelle Robertson as COO: 4 things to know


Becker’s Hospital Review

Anuja Vaidya

September 2, 2017


Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tenn., appointed Michelle Robertson, BSN, RN, COO, effective Oct. 16, according to a Nashville Post report. Here are four things to know:


1. Ms. Robertson has worked at St. Louis-based Ascension, Saint Thomas Health’s parent, for 27 years.

2. She currently serves as CEO of Ascension’s Austin, Texas-based Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals.

3. She is also COO of Ascension’s Texas Ministry.

4. She began her healthcare career at the Children’s Hospital of Austin, where she served as a pediatric nurse.


After Katrina Missteps, Texas Pushes To Get Harvey Evacuees Their Prescriptions


KUOW Public Radio (Seattle)

September 1, 2017


Almost exactly 12 years ago today, Texas was sheltering people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The relief effort hit a lot of snags, and relief workers learned from those snags. Now, those lessons are being applied to treating people dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.


Dr. Christopher Ziebell has been treating patients coming in from the Gulf Coast, as well as planning what to do if hospitals in storm-affected areas must close. As the medical director for the emergency room at Ascension’s Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, he says he’s been through this before.


“Now, we know that from Hurricane Katrina that people that have been caught up in a storm for a while often are separated from their medications,” he said, “and often have health needs that are at a rate greater than the general population.”


Metrocom responds to Harvey


San Antonio Express-News

Jeff. B. Flinn

September 6, 2017


A large Ambus rolled out of its Schertz Fire Department bay Aug. 24, but its destination lay far beyond the reaches of Guadalupe County. Instead, it was used to evacuate and transport people from harm’s way in Corpus Christi.

Metrocom residents such as Beam and communities including Schertz were quick to get involved in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, after the category 4 storm devastated communities along the Texas Gulf Coast.


The Schertz Ambus, staffed with a crew of seven, helped evacuate 47 residents from the Corpus Christi State School, transported nine patients from Corpus Christi Shoreline Hospital to Christus Medical Center and Christus-New Braunfels, and transported 10 Victoria Detar Navarro Hospital patients to Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin.



Saint Thomas Health will soon have a new COO


Nashville Post

September 2, 2017


Saint Thomas Health will soon have a new COO in the form of a Texas-based executive who has been with parent organization Ascension Health for 27 years.


Michelle Robertson will start work at Saint Thomas, which runs nine hospitals and a network of ancillary ventures that employ more than 8,000 people, on Oct. 16. She will fill the seat previously held by former LifePoint Health Paul Kleckner, who joined Saint Thomas last summer, and will work alongside Chief Clinical Officer Greg James in a dyad structure.


Robertson has been CEO of Ascension’s Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals for nearly three years and, before that, held other senior roles at Ascension Seton, which runs a network of 15 hospitals and about 100 clinical sites in the Austin area. She also is COO of Ascension’s Texas Ministry.