In the early 1980s, the pediatric medical community recognized the critical need for a single hospital dedicated to the care of children throughout the Central Texas region. Only a children’s hospital distinguished by both medical expertise and a caring environment capable of meeting each child’s social, emotional, developmental and spiritual needs could well serve the community’s children.
The vision of Children’s founding physicians was to build a regional referral center that would provide the highest level of medical care for both the routine needs as well as the most complex childhood medical conditions. They envisioned one hospital to address and manage the needs of the whole child.
They endorsed a plan for the creation of a dedicated children’s hospital. The City responded and after much hard work and remarkable community support, Children’s Hospital of Austin was born on February 14, 1988.
In 1995, the City of Austin began looking to operate a partner for its public facilities. The City and SETON Healthcare Network shared concerns that unique community services, including trauma care, care for children and indigent care, remain available. It made sense for the region’s two not-for-profit, mission-driven organizations to collaborate. Under SETON’s stewardship, Children’s Hospital has continued to support the needs of Central Texas children and to attract specialists who once were available only in larger metropolitan areas.
In 2005, in collaboration with the pediatric medical community, the Seton Family of Hospitals, the leading healthcare provider with more than 20 facilities in Central Texas, agreed that a new, larger children’s hospital was crucial to meet the demand of one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas opened on June 30, 2007.
As Central Texas continues to grow with more kids needing more types of care, Dell Children’s is prepared for the future with the addition of W.H. And Elaine McCarthy South Tower, which began serving patients in May of 2013.