CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — As low availability for pediatric hospital beds persist in Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center North in Williamson County will add 36 pediatric hospital beds next month.
The 187,000 square foot facility will host emergency and trauma services, operating rooms and a fourth floor for future expansion.
That floor, if further developed, would add 36 more pediatric hospital beds.
This hospital will also host a Ronald McDonald suite, where families in need of a place to stay can sleep overnight, and rooms for social and case workers.
Cathy Hickenlively, Dell Children’s Medical Center North chief administrative officer, said the population growth in Williamson County is a factor of opening this new hospital.
“The northern communities are expanding very widely very quickly. And I would say that one of the biggest populations growing at this time is the children,” Hickenlively said.
How many pediatric hospital beds are in Austin?
According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of March 15, out of the 135 pediatric ICU beds available in the entire state, only two were available in the Austin area.
These newest beds will join Dell Children’s already existing 299 pediatric care beds.
KXAN.com reached out to St. David’s Children Hospital to find out how many pediatric hospital beds it has as well.
There are 205 total pediatric care beds in St. David’s hospitals.
That number is made up by adding all the beds from its emergency, NICU, and surgical inpatient units.
A statement from St. David’s Healthcare said it recently expanded it’s neonatal intensive care unit at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas from 67 to 97 beds.
St. David’s Healthcare said that is part of a “$1 billion investment in Central Texas healthcare infrastructure,” which also includes three new hospitals in Leander, Kyle and north Austin.