We Know How to Treat Kids.
Welcome to Dell Children’s Medical Center, the only dedicated freestanding pediatric facility in the region. Serving a 46-county area and beyond, Dell Children’s is the premier healthcare provider for children and adolescents.
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!
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 Medical Center is the only American College of Surgeons Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Central Texas and one of five in Texas. Our trauma center offers the highest level of care available to children who have been victims of trauma.
Our Pediatric Level I Trauma Center is a vital community asset. When a family member or loved one is injured, having the highest-level of care available can mean the difference between life and death. The American Trauma Society categorizes trauma centers according to a number of factors, including how many patients are admitted each year and the types of services provided. Available resources are then verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The verification process is voluntary, and takes three years to complete.
Accredited Medical Transportation System
Awarded full accreditation by CAMTS the for rotorwing (helicopter), fixed wing and ground transport, the transport team provides crews of highly skilled critical care certified nurses and critical care respiratory therapists to bring the highest quality of care to the pediatric patients of Central Texas.
Dell Children’s Medical Center 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
As the leading provider of pediatric care in Central Texas, Dell Children’s is truly a one-of-a-kind children’s hospital. Our state-of-the-art Level IV NICU provides world-class comprehensive healthcare through compassionate, innovative, and evidence-based practice. Having earned the highest designation possible, our Level IV NICU can provide care for the most complex and critically-ill infants of all gestational ages.
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. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Titus, Dell Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center is committed to a child and family centered approach and includes all members of the care team when evaluating, diagnosing, managing and treating children with seizures and epilepsy.
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 Center 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
Dell Children’s Medical Group, 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. Dell Children’s Medical Group 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.