Central Austin health care stories to watch in 2019

Dell Children's Medical Center Texas

Dell Children's Medical Center Texas

Health care continues to grow as a more significant piece of Austin's local economy. Here are five stories to keep an eye on throughout the next year.

1. Baylor Scott & White Health

Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health Systems plan to reach an official merger agreement in 2019. Baylor Scott & White operates one clinic in the Central Austin area, located downtown at 200 E. Cesar Chavez St.

2. Central Health

Central Health CEO Mike Geeslin said the health care district’s nonprofit health management organization, Sendero Health Plans, could break even in net income for Fiscal Year 2018-19. The program was nearly shuttered in the fall due to financial challenges.

3. Dell Children’s Hospital

Seton Healthcare Family plans to continue working to add physicians at Dell Children’s. Craig Cordola, CEO and president of Ascension Texas, the parent company of Seton Healthcare Family, said pediatric neurosciences will be one focus of expansion in the coming year.

4. Seton Medical Center

As part of its effort to keep up with population growth in the Central Texas area, Ascension Texas plans to add ambulatory care centers, or outpatient centers outside the hospitals, at both Seton Medical Center and Dell Children’s Hospital within the next three years.

5. UT Health Austin

Expansion has continued at UT Health Austin, the clinical arm of Dell Medical School. A primary care clinic is among UT Health Austin’s new services, providing prevention, diagnosis, acute care and chronic disease management for adults 18 and older.