We’re Growing with Central Texas!

Dell Children’s Expansions Are Underway!

“Our goal is to make it so that children and their families never need to leave Austin for their critical care needs, which has become increasingly important in the midst of the Covid pandemic,” said Andy Davis, president and CEO of Ascension Texas. “In partnership with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas and community physician partners, Dell Children’s will continue to focus on ambitious growth to become a destination for all levels of pediatric care by strengthening existing specialties and developing additional pediatric complex care programs.”

Since opening in 2007, Dell Children’s has been the leader in pediatric healthcare in the region, providing exceptional, specialized care for children and their families. To keep up with the population growth in Central Texas, the new Dell Children’s Medical Center North hospital, along with expansions at Dell Children’s Medical Center’s central campus, and Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion, are part of a comprehensive plan by Ascension Texas to continue expanding pediatric care in the region over the next five years. With the plan for tremendous growth in place, Ascension Texas is building destination programs and actively recruiting world-renowned talent to join these programs poised for national prominence at Dell Children’s.

Development of Dell Children’s Medical Center North

May 13th, 2021 marks the groundbreaking for the new, full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center North. The hospital will be located on 34 acres at Avery Ranch Boulevard and 183A in Williamson County. Totaling more than 187,000 square feet, the four-story hospital will include 36 beds, emergency and trauma services, four operating rooms, endoscopy and procedure rooms, and in and outpatient sleep labs and shelled space for future growth.

Building upon the identity of the existing Dell Children’s campus, the exterior design for the new hospital will continue a story of connection to care and community. The exterior will utilise the same color tones, limestone brick and a tower that will adorn the coronet, inspired by the hats worn by the Daughters of Charity – similar to the tower that currently lives on the Dell Children’s central campus. The interior design of the hospital will be an extension of the natural surrounding landscape. Large windows and spaces will optimize natural light promoting health and wellness, creating a welcoming place for children and families to heal.

1st floor – Level III Trauma Center 18 emergency bays, imaging center and an outpatient retail pharmacy
2nd floor – 4 operating rooms, 2 endoscopy rooms and room to grow
3rd floor – 36 universal beds (12 designated as intensive care rooms and 24 designated as acute care rooms) and a Ronald McDonald House 2 bedroom suite and family respite space
4th floor – Additional space for future growth for up to 72 beds

The north campus will also include a 60,000-square-foot medical office building and dedicated free parking. This pediatric multi-specialty medical office building will include such subspecialties as: child and adolescent psychology, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, a sleep lab, cardiology, plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, rheumatology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, infusion services, dermatology, hematology and infectious disease.

Expansions at Dell Children’s Medical Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center’s central campus will also be expanding by adding a four-story tower, totaling 72 beds with room for additional growth. The tower will include a floor dedicated to pediatric critical care, one floor for hematology/oncology inpatient services, and another floor dedicated to general acute inpatient services, with a fourth floor shelled space for future expansion. The new tower is expected to be completed in November 2022.

In partnership with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas, Dell Children’s is developing the first Comprehensive Fetal Care Center in Central Texas that includes the addition of an Obstetrics clinic, geographically located adjacent to the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center clinic the Specialized Delivery Unit and neonatal intensive care unit expansion. Now a mother whose baby has been diagnosed with a complex fetal or congenital condition will be able to deliver and recover in the same hospital where their newborn will receive the highest level of specialized treatment and care. Care for mom and baby during pregnancy, delivery of her baby, and care of her baby after birth–will be available all in one place.

Dell Children’s is also expanding capacity for more cardiac care unit beds, allowing the pediatric heart team to perform more surgeries and expand the program.

Additionally, two more parking garages are planned for Dell Children’s Mueller campus, which will include a total of 2,600 parking spaces, offering free parking to all visitors and associates.

Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion

The Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion celebrates its grand opening April 29th. It will be a four story, 161,000 square foot medical office building that will house the Dell Children’s Pediatric Centers of Excellence in heart care, brain care, cancer care and fetal care. The building will also include 40,000 square feet of future growth on the fourth floor.

1st floor – Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center to include Obstetrics
2nd floor – Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center
3rd floor – UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences Center at Dell Children’s
4th floor – future growth

Two additional new parking garages are planned for Dell Children’s central  campus, which will include a total of 2,600 parking spaces to support the needs of the new Specialty Pavilion and the entire Dell Children’s campus. Parking Garage #1 is complete and open for use. Parking Garage #2, the Green Garage, will be completed when the Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion opens in May 2021. Parking Garage #3, the Blue Garage, will be complete in June 2022 and will be a free, dedicated garage for our visitors.