Hospital stats: Learn more about Northwest Austin’s growing health care industry


The Northwest Austin area has three hospitals and includes two counties. Here are some statistics about access to health care in the area.

Top Specialties

Emergency medicine and anesthesiology are among the most common doctor specialties aside from primary care in Texas, but other popular specialties differ among Travis and Williamson counties. Data include number of licensed physicians. Not all licensed physicians may be actively practicing.

Travis County
  1. Family medicine: 456
    2. Internal medicine: 371
    3. Emergency medicine: 310
    4. Pediatrics: 287
    5. Psychiatry: 229

Williamson County
  1. Emergency medicine: 60
    2. Psychiatry: 40
    3. Anesthesiology: 33
    4. Dermatology: 28
    5. General surgery: 25

Texas (statewide)
  1. Internal medicine: 9,110
    2. Family practice: 9,052
    3. Pediatrics: 5,482
    4. Emergency medicine: 4,737
    5. Anesthesiology: 4,736

Primary doctor-to-patient ratios

The ratio of licensed primary care doctors to residents varies among Travis and Williamson counties. Ratios use population estimates and physician data from 2016. Not all licensed doctors may be actively practicing.

Travis County

1 doctor for every 950 residents

Williamson County

1 doctor for every 1,325 residents

Texas (statewide)

1 doctor for every 1,046 residents

Access to care

The total number of doctors holding licenses in Texas has increased over the past 20 years, but the rate of increase for specialists has grown faster than the rate for primary care physicians.

Travis County

Primary care 1,312
Specialists 2,395

Williamson County

Primary care 394
Specialists 476

Texas (statewide)

Primary care 27,562
Specialists 49,219

Area hospitals

The Northwest Austin area is served by two main hospitals and a surgical center focused on elective surgeries.

Seton Northwest Hospital

11113 Research Blvd., Austin

Trauma level: IV
NICU level: II
Economic impact: 500 employees
Number of beds: 117
Most common treatments: women’s services, minimally invasive robotic surgery, outpatient laparoscopic hernia repairs, total joint replacements, eye surgery, minimally invasive gynecological surgery

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

12221 N. MoPac, Austin

Trauma level: IV
NICU level: III
Economic impact: 1,560 employees
Number of beds: 378
Most common treatments: women’s services, robotic surgery, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, heart and vascular, rehabilitation, pediatrics, emergency care, inpatient services, pediatric intensive care

St. David’s Surgical Hospital

1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Austin

Trauma level:  N/A
NICU level:  N/A
Economic impact: 128 employees
Number of beds: 46
Most common treatments: elective surgical procedures, including orthopedic, neurological, bariatric, gynecological and urological surgery

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Evan Marczynski
Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He joined Community Impact in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin and previously covered Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD. Evan is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University in 2012 and worked as a newspaper reporter until he moved to Texas.
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