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The future of health care

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The future of health care

Medical professionals in Central Texas are changing health care delivery models by adding services, launching pilot programs and using data to keep doctors accountable for treatment outcomes as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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The first psychiatric emergency department in Central Texas opened at University Medical Center Brackenridge on April 29. The ED has 17 beds and is meant to relieve overcrowding at general emergency rooms.

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Austin mental health facilities now operating at full capacity

Health care stakeholders are pushing to attract more psychiatrists, build new facilities and obtain funding to increase mental and behavioral health resources in Austin. more »

Jun 25, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin 4 Comments

The new Dell Children's unit at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center includes a playroom with a mural by local artist Kathleen McElwaine. CPRMC staff said a child life specialist plays with children in the room and helps them cope with having to stay at the hospital.

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Dell Children’s opens new unit at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is partnering with Dell Children’s Medical Center to establish a new eight-bed department dedicated to serving pediatric patients at CPRMC. more »

Jun 18, 2014 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Kelli Kelley's experience of having two children with NICU stays led her to start Hand to Hold.

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Hand to Hold

Despite support from family and friends when her two children were both born premature, Kelli Kelley said she never felt more alone than during and after her children’s stays in a neonatal intensive care unit. more »

Jun 11, 2014 5:02 AM Georgetown

Dr. Steven Warach stands with a new MRI machine that researchers are using to study new ways to  treat strokes.

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Seton uses MRIs for stroke research

New technology is allowing Seton Medical Center Austin staff to better diagnose stroke patients and advance national stroke research. more »

Jun 3, 2014 11:10 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Repairing the ‘safety net’

Health care provider Lone Star Circle of Care is in the middle of a massive restructuring in an attempt to stay solvent. more »

Jun 11, 2014 5:05 AM Georgetown 2 Comments

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Schools, growth keep state nursing shortage in check on local level

As a child, Daniel Bustillos was unaware that he had a rare blood-clotting disorder that would cause him to have a stroke at age 15, minor heart attacks in his 20s and eventually propel him toward a career in nursing. more »

Jun 3, 2014 11:06 AM , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Seton announces contractor for teaching hospital

Seton Healthcare announced JE Dunn Construction Co. on Jan. 29 as the contractor for its $295 million teaching hospital, located at East 15th and Red River streets, near the University of Texas' future Dell Medical School. more »

Jan 29, 2014 9:39 AM Northwest Austin

Dr. S. Claiborne "Clay" Johnston addresses the media Jan. 21 after the announcement by UT leaders that he will be the first dean of the Dell Medical School.

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UT names first dean of its Dell Medical School

University of Texas leaders announced Jan. 21 that Dr. S. Claiborne "Clay" Johnston will be the first dean of the Dell Medical School. more »

Jan 21, 2014 4:45 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments