Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan calls the construction of two new children’s hospitals in Northwest Austin exciting news for "the fastest-growing part of the fastest-growing city."

“It's exciting for the health care that will be available to the high concentration of children and famiies we have here,” the District 6 representative told Community Impact Newspaper. "Economically, health care is somewhat of a recession-proof industry which, judging from the situation we're in now, is desirable. ... The hospitals will also support small, local restaurants and retail."

Texas Children’s Hospital announced May 20 that the Houston-based hospital plans to build a new, 48-bed children’s hospital in the Presidio area of Northwest Austin.

The $450 million project would bring a second children's and women’s hospital to the Northwest Austin area. On May 7, Dell Children’s Hospital announced plans to build a 36-bed, 135,000-square-foot hospital near the southeast corner of the intersection of Avery Ranch Boulevard and Toll 183A in Williamson County.

Scheduled to open in late 2023, the 360,000-square-foot Texas Children’s facility will offer neonatal intensive care; pediatric intensive care; epilepsy monitoring; diagnostic imaging; acute and urgent care; and labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.

On Dec. 10, Texas Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization, announced it had closed on the purchase of land in the Presidio development in Northwest Austin at the northeast corner of Lake Creek Parkway and SH 45 N. A parcel in South Austin was also purchased.

According to the May 20 news release, the new freestanding hospital is part of Texas Children’s Hospital’s plan to bring 18 primary care pediatric practices, four pediatric urgent care clinics, three pediatric specialty care locations and two maternal-fetal medicine practices to the Austin area.

In 2018, the Houston-based hospital network opened a new, 51,000-square-foot pediatric specialty care clinic at 8611 N. MoPac in North Austin.

Texas Children’s Hospital also maintains an urgent care center and seven primary care locations throughout Austin.