New heart hospital serves patients north of Austin

Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David's Round Rock doctors inspect a x-ray image.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Heart patients of all ages and conditions now have a new option to fighting congestion into downtown Austin for surgery or outpatient treatment. It is the new Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock, now in its second month serving patients in the fast growing communities to the north.The facility on Round Rock Avenue near the medical center just west of I-35 offers 165 beds, the latest diagnostic lab, and eight operating rooms, including a special hybrid op center that can perform the most complex procedures.

It is the state of the art convenience for doctors and patients, as Dr. Bradley Boone, medical director of vascular surgery procedures at the hospital, explains, “In the past for more complex procedures they simply went downtown. Our group services downtown and Williamson County and it has been made clear over time that people in Williamson County want to stay home. They are tired of driving downtown.”

With the cardiovascular talent and technology now on hand, the staff believes the sky is the limit. Dr. William Chance Connor, Director of Cardiothoracic services says, “As Williamson County grows as we grow, we will continue to see growth in something even more specialized, where the heart center and vascular center has its own building.”

All this is good news for people like Ed Cline of Hutto. A tech specialist with Dell, he went in for a possible knee replacement exam last year, only to learn he needed a double bypass and a heart valve replaced, pronto. Cline smiles, “It feels really good knowing the heart hospital has a division here in the northern part of Austin for cities like Hutto, Pflugerville, Cedar Park and Round Rock. To me it’s wonderful to have that kind of expertise close to home.”

Ed is back full bore now, to work, with family and friends. He’s even proud of that scar on his chest, a symbol of his close call, “It is a reminder I was close to maybe not seeing my grandchildren grow up versus what I have now to make sure I am going to be able to do that.”

The entire system of the Heart Hospital of Austin has been ranked in the top fifty of cardiovascular hospitals in the United States, and it’s new addition makes the group only stronger.

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