We Know How to Treat Kids.
Welcome to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the only dedicated freestanding pediatric facility in the region. Serving a 46-county area and beyond, Dell Children’s is the premier health care provider for children and adolescents.
Kids are different and so is Dell Children’s. Children are not small adults. They have unique healthcare needs. Statistics show that children heal faster when treated in a children’s hospital. At Dell Children’s, we treat each of our patients with:
- Extra time
- Extra monitoring
- Equipment, medications and doses according to body size
- Specialized pediatric medical skills and compassion
- Access to family throughout the entire hospital stay
A Regional Focus with National Support
Level 1 Trauma Center
Dell Children’s is the Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Central Texas and one of only five in all of Texas. It is one of an elite group of children’s hospitals that offer the highest level of care available to children who have been victims of trauma.
Dell Children’s is a truly one-of-a-kind place that gives Central Texas families access to a wide range of healthcare services. Children are cared for with a family-centered approach that keeps patients close to loved ones at all times. And our dedicated multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists and nurses are all committed to a single purpose: making your child feel like a kid again. Take a virtual tour of our medical center!
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is proud to announce our official designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet hospital. Achieving Magnet designation requires satisfying a demanding set of criteria which measure the strength and quality of nursing and an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. It also sends a message to our community and the families we serve that we are committed to providing the best care possible.
Level IV NICU
Dell Children’s is designated as the only Level IV NICU care center in Central Texas, which means we offer specialized care for those babies who are born earlier than 32 weeks. Level IV NICU care also helps babies of any gestational age who are born with critical illness:
Facilities that achieve Level IV NICU status offer respiratory support and advanced imaging services, and ensure families’ immediate access to a wide range of additional pediatric medical subspecialties as needed. An on-site ECMO program also enables us to meet Level IV designation.
- We offer all support therapies, including a large Child Life department for support of neonates and their siblings, PT, OT, Speech Therapy and Music Therapy.
- We offer a single-room NICU (as opposed to the more traditional “open-bay” NICU) that was designed to provide developmentally appropriate care for the neonate and family-centered care.
- We provide a Hypothermia Program (Total Body Cooling). This reduces the effects of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or brain swelling, and produces improved outcomes for the child’s later development.
Epilepsy Level IV Designation
Dell Children’s has been designated as the only Level IV Epilepsy Center in Central Texas. The guidelines set forth by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers state that Level IV centers must offer:
- Complete evaluation for epilepsy, including evaluation for surgical candidacy
- A range of surgical procedures designed for epilepsy treatment
- More complex forms of neurodiagnostics monitoring than Level III facilities
- More extensive multidisciplinary treatment that includes medical and neuropsychological as well as psychosocial aspects
We’re proud to say that our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is one of the best in Central Texas.
Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award Recipients
The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the leading national and international professional association for respiratory care, has recognized Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas for providing outstanding services with the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition award.
Only 700 U.S. hospitals (about 15 percent of the national total) have earned this recognition from the AARC. Award requirements mandate meeting several exacting standards related to professional qualifications, department performance monitoring efforts, respiratory therapist availability and hospital policies regarding use of specific treatments and devices, among others.
After initial acceptance, program members must undergo recertification in order to maintain their status as Quality Respiratory Care Recognition providers.
Nationally Recognized Food Allergy Center of Excellence
‘Specially for Children, an affiliate of Dell Children’s, is designated as one of 28 “Centers of Excellence” within the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Clinical Network. FARE Clinical Network sites are selected through a rigorous application process, and must meet exceptional standards for clinical care, teaching and research.
For patients, this means advanced care for food allergies through improved research and data-sharing, including clinical trials. ‘Specially for Children was home to the first clinical trial for peanut allergy treatment in Austin.
As home to a designated FARE Clinical Network site, Dell Children’s is also committed to expanding outreach and advocacy efforts to promote improved food allergy awareness within AISD schools and other organizations.