December 11, 2023
Bringing alongside is the most advanced pediatric and women’s care Austin has seen thus far.
A rendering of the new campus. PHOTO BY PAGE ARCHITECTS
With the increasing amount of people becoming Austin residents, the local children’s hospitals are overflowing. According to Texas Children’s Hospital, currently, more than 30,000 Austinites travel to Houston to receive care from Texas Children’s. “Distance is a barrier to care,” says Russ Williams, senior vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital North Austin Campus. By bringing more resources to Austin, they’re removing that barrier.
With a $485 million project, Texas Children’s Hospital is building something amazing for the community of Austin: a new, free-standing, state-of-the-art, top-tier hospital for children and women. The keyword here is women. The birth suite is state-of-the-art. They are located on one floor for easy access, no stairs, operating rooms on deck, and the ability to focus on the mother and her medical needs. They value the mother as much as the baby with their amenities. That is what makes Texas Children’s unique.
Inside the new building, there is an urgent care, level II emergency center, level IV NICU, maternal-fetal medicine clinic, OBGYN clinic, and a regular checkup center. As well as a pharmacy, “we are bringing the most advanced pediatric and women’s care to a city that is helping move the world forward,” says Williams. Addressing the pressing need for expanded pediatric, fetal, obstetrics and gynecology care in Central Texas was also a top priority for TC as they are severely lacking.
North Campus is a one-stop shop from birth on. The in-house pharmacy can deliver to the patient’s room, eliminating the need to wait for the pharmacy to open in the middle of a run to the ER with a sick child. It is clear the entire process was put into consideration here when building out this hospital.
Central Texas critters are hidden around the building to help the children feel more comfortable while receiving care. PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The details in the construct were perfectly thought out in each step. “The colors on the wall ensure a calm environment and are uplifting for children,” Williams explained, “as well as the nod to the city of ATX on each corner, such as bats in the cavern, and the animals and floral art around the hospital that are Central Texas-based. It doesn’t feel like you’re in a hospital, which is so comforting for the kids.”
“AUSTIN IS THE 10TH BIGGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE CARE FOR OUR KIDS.” -RUSS WILLIAMS
The entire environment down to the waterfall staircase is magical. Not to mention other added comforts such as a cafè and a business center. If parents unexpectedly need to be in the hospital for a few days, they can ensure they have the proper resources and not have to leave unnecessarily. Indeed, the Texas Children’s team methodically thought out each family member and situation.
“Austin is the 10th biggest city in the country. We should be able to provide care for our kids,” says Williams. Texas Children’s is set on bringing high-quality, accessible care for Austin families close to home. “It’s about time Austin had the type of healthcare worth traveling for,” he notes. “The children and the community of the capital city deserve it.” texaschildrens.org/givenow
PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL