See how Austin area health providers have assisted Hurricane Harvey survivors

Dell Seton Medical Center and other members of the Ascension Seton hospital group may undergo a name change following the network's change from Seton Healthcare Family to Ascension Seton.

Dell Seton Medical Center and other members of the Ascension Seton hospital group may undergo a name change following the network's change from Seton Healthcare Family to Ascension Seton.

As rescues continue throughout Houston and several Gulf Coast cities, hospitals in Austin have sent doctors to assist along with accepting evacuees into their local hospitals.

Central Health, Seton Healthcare Family, Austin Regional Clinic and St. David’s Healthcare have all assisted Hurricane Harvey survivors in some capacity.

See below how each provider has helped out.

Central Health

Austin Public Health and Integral Care asked for assistance from CommUnityCare’s Mobile Health Team—Central Health’s community health clinics—at the Toney Burger Center for people evacuated from Rockport and Victoria, according to Ted Burton, Central Health’s senior director of communication.

Central Health is also working with local government partners to stand up a medical treatment site on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus if required, he said.

The CommUnityCare staff is prepared to fill numerous prescriptions for people who have evacuated, especially medicines for behavioral health, Burton said. The team is working with Integral Care to get needed medication to anybody in a shelter that needs medication.

Seton Healthcare Family

Dr. Christopher Ziebell, medical director of the emergency department at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, said the healthcare provider has received a total of 28 evacuees so far.

Over the weekend, Seton Medical Center Austin received 17 adult evacuee transfer patients from DeTar Hospital Navarro in Victoria. Additional evacuee transfer patients were taken to Seton Northwest Hospital and Dell Seton.

Dell Children’s Neonatal ICU (NICU) and Pediatric ICU transport teams delivered seven babies from Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi to the Level 4 NICU at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

All patients transferred to Seton hospitals will remain there until it is safe for them to return home or be discharged.

Dell Seton is only at 80 percent capacity right now despite being at 105 percent capacity two weeks ago. Ziebell said the hospital rescheduled elective surgeries and discharged healthy patients in preparation for Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s absolutely a result of direct planning and getting ready for what might be coming our way,” he said. “I’m not convinced that we’re done yet.”

Ziebell also said Seton has been communicating nonstop with Houston hospitals.

“I’m still worried about what Houston has in store,” he said. “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. If they continue to have rising waters, then the hospitals they currently have as shelters may need to evacuate. If that happens, then we’re ready for them.”

Austin Regional Clinic

Austin Regional Clinic has contacted the regional health care organizations offering medical support when needed, the clinic said.

Several ARC employees, including Dr. Judith Chedville, will be deployed to Houston, as well.

ARC doctors have already treated several evacuees seeking medical care who visited ARC locations that were open over the weekend, the clinic said.

ARC said it will continue to treat evacuees in all their clinics—daytime, nighttime and weekends—as the needs arise, the clinic said. They are also helping to facilitate donations from employees who wish to make a charitable contribution to the American Red Cross.

St. David’s Healthcare

Ken Mitchell, chief medical officer at St. David's HealthCare, said the provider has treated more than 100 patients from areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey for a variety of medical conditions, ranging from low-acuity to more serious cardiac-related issues.

The hospital is also providing displaced residents with treatment for various medical conditions that require ongoing care, he said.

“St. David’s has had a representative at the city’s Emergency Operations Center every day since it was activated to assist with patient placement and the coordination of medical care throughout the region,” he said in a statement. “Our hospitals remain on standby as the threat of flooding in Houston and surrounding areas continues.”

Advanced Pain Care

Two certified medical assistants from Advanced Pain Care are headed to Houston with flat-bottomed boats to help with rescue efforts, according to the Austin-based pain medicine practice.


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