Dell Children’s looks to expand into surrounding counties

FILE - Dell Children's Medical Center sign (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Dell Children's Medical Center sign (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Dell Children’s Medical Center has plans to expand outside of Travis County.

“Our next stage of development is to expand services and really go where the children are,” said Deb Brown, chief operating officer at the medical center. “The population growth is happening in Williamson County and south to Hays County.

“There’s a huge need,” she added. “Families don’t want to travel into Austin, and they would really like to see care where they live.”

Brown says plans include new facilities and moving doctors closer to those patients.

“Sending physicians into existing medical office buildings, looking into what we need to do to plant a foothold into those communities, those plans are still developing,” Brown said.

Feedback from people living outside Austin also helped Dell Children’s see there was a growing need for their services outside the capital city.

“There are so many choices in our market and in the state and we feel like we really need to provide and serve them where they reside so they don’t have to battle traffic,” Brown said. “We’re going to them so they don’t have to come to us here centrally.”

Brown says those expanded services will include specialty programs like a regional cardiac program and a hematology oncology program. They are also looking to expand behavioral health services and day programs so children do not have to be admitted to the hospital.

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