The grant will support the hospital's plans to invest more than $300 million over the next three years in capital, equipment, and an expansion of its pediatric services, including construction of a $113 million pediatric outpatient facility. To be called the Dell Children's Specialty Pavilion, the four-story, 161,000-square-foot facility will house cardiovascular, neuroscience, and cancer programs and is expected to open in spring 2021. In partnership with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Children's also is developing a maternal fetal medicine program that will include the addition of a delivery unit and an expansion of its neonatal intensive care unit facilities and is adding capacity to accommodate more cardiac ICU beds, enabling the pediatric heart team to perform more surgeries and expand the program to include heart transplants.
Opened in 2007 with a $25 million matching gift from the foundation, Dell Children's is part of the Ascension Texas health system, which includes thirteen hospitals and more than a hundred clinic locations across Central Texas.
"Dell Children's is already a state-of-the-art children's hospital, and the tremendous work of the doctors, nurses, and staff has created an environment where families feel safe and well cared for," said MSDF co-founder and board chair Susan Dell, a Dell Children's life trustee. "We are excited to be part of this next phase, making Dell Children's a destination for the very highest level of pediatric health care in Central Texas and beyond."
"The time is now to continue expanding complex pediatric care in Central Texas — since 2009, more than fifty-five hundred Central Texas children had to leave home to receive complex care, mostly for services in cardiovascular surgery, neurosciences, and oncology/hematology," said Dell Children's Medical Center president Christopher M. Born. "As the only free-standing pediatric teaching hospital and Level I Trauma center in Central Texas, families rely on Dell Children's to care for their children, especially those with the most complex cases. Our care must continue to meet the needs of our growing city. In partnership with Dell Medical School, we remain committed to building world-class, nationally ranked care in Central Texas."
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