Now Open: Cedar Park Emergency Hospital

Scott & White Healthcare opened a new emergency room Feb. 27 in Cedar Park, located at 900 E. Whitestone Blvd. The facility will offer emergency medical and inpatient care.

"We are pleased to offer this community the access to additional Scott & White services and to provide emergency care options for residents in western Williamson County," said Ernie Bovio, CEO for Scott & White Healthcare–Round Rock Region, in a statement.

The Cedar Park Emergency Hospital is a freestanding, fully operational emergency department with seven beds, diagnostic imaging including X-ray capabilities, a CT scanner and ultrasound, a laboratory and an eight-bed inpatient unit for those requiring admission and additional medical services.

Scott & White will partner with Emerus to manage its 24-hour emergency center, Bovio said. Emerus, a Woodlands-based medical group, operates similar facilities in the Houston and Dallas areas. Scott & White will serve as the primary owner.

The management, technical staff and nurses will all be Emerus employees, Bovio said, while the physicians are all staffed by Scott & White. The freestanding ER serves as another point for patients to access Scott & White, he said.

"As we're preparing for some of the changes in our industry, ... we're trying to keep patients out of the hospital and provide a different setting," Bovio said. "We're looking for different ways to do that, and hopefully we'll see the need for less hospital beds."

Spokeswoman Katherine Voss said the ER will be open all day, every day and do everything that a "typical, traditional, hospital-based ER" does.

"Fast stabilization of the patient is of paramount importance. Our experienced clinical staff can quickly diagnose and stabilize patients from western Williamson County who have experienced traumas or heart attacks and get them to the center of excellence that is most appropriate for their need, such as our Round Rock hospital," Voss said. "We consider this facility to be a front door or a gateway to care."

Updated Feb. 27, 11:01 a.m. CST

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By Emilie Lutostanski

Emilie reported on education, business, city and county news starting in 2009. After a stint as a radio reporter and writing for the Temple Daily Telegram, she joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2011. In 2013 she was promoted to editor of the Cedar Park | Leander edition, covering transportation, development, city and education news. In February 2015 she advanced her passion for online media and was promoted to manage digital content, metrics analytics, and quality assurance as well as branding and social networks in various inaugural roles at the company, including community manager and digital managing editor. Most recently in 2017, Emilie expanded her responsibilities to include sales support as Community Impact's first digital product manager. She oversees digital product development, enhancement, and monetization strategies; online content innovation, processes and efficiencies; and company-wide training for Community Impact's digital offerings.


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