Ground broken for new outpatient pediatric clinic at McLane Children's

- Five-story multispecialty clinic to be built on hospital campus -

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – Scott & White Healthcare is breaking ground today on a five-story multispecialty pediatric clinic adjacent to McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple. The 112,000 square-foot, $32 million facility will coordinate both outpatient and inpatient pediatric specialty services and physicians in one convenient location. This facility will greatly expand the opportunities for comprehensive, personalized and high-quality care for Central Texas children.

"Building the clinic next to the hospital creates a center of care for children unlike any other in this region,"said Reddy Beeram, MD, physician-in-chief for McLane Children’s and chairman of pediatrics at Scott & White Healthcare. "We are so excited, especially since less than one year ago we opened McLane Children’s Hospital. The multispecialty clinic will be home to most of our pediatric specialties, providing the space for advanced care and services. By creating one central location at McLane Children’s, we are able to enhance the unique model of an integrated multidisciplinary approach to pediatric health care."

"The inaugural McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White campaign successfully reached its $38 million goal in July with a $2 million Mabee Foundation grant which was matched with incredible community support. It is those donors who are making this building possible,” said Nancy Birdwell, CEO of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation. “Both McLane Children’s Hospital and this new specialty clinic have been embraced and enhanced by the generosity of the people within our communities and across Texas."

Construction on the new clinic is expected to take 14 months, with the building scheduled to open by the fall of 2013. The building is being constructed on the McLane Children’s campus to allow it to be connected in the future expansion to a new hospital bed tower.

"This beautiful building is a great new step in the formation of a campus full of health care and clinical service devoted to children, all built around the McLane Children’s Hospital," said John Boyd III, MD, CEO and chief medical officer of McLane Children’s. "We are pulling together the clinical specialties and services that are shaping McLane Children’s into the single destination of care for the patients and families of this region of Texas."

The multispecialty clinic will initially include the following pediatric services:

Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, cardiology, pulmonology, general pediatric surgery, orthopaedic surgery, podiatric surgery, urologic surgery, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nephrology, ENT/audiology and speech, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and infectious disease.

The multispecialty clinic building will house more than 80 highly specialized physicians, residents and fellows, and approximately 200 support staff. The building will have a total of 135 exam rooms, 13 treatment rooms and eight specialty rooms. A drive-through pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory services will also be part of the new building.

The Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a key feature of the new building. Made possible by a special donation, the new center will be 8,000 square feet, more than doubling the size of the existing pediatric cancer center. There will be two treatment rooms and nine infusion bays, all designed with children in mind, creating a comfortable and inviting environment for all.

A Pediatric Neurosciences Center is another example of the enhanced services the new clinic will bring. The Neurosciences Center will contain child psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, and child development.

"A pediatric neurosciences center is a very rare offering," said Dr. Beeram. "It will allow us to provide care for children who have psychological, social, and neurological issues. Parents of these children know how hard it is to find the right kind of care in a one-stop, convenient location."

The building will also include specialty clinics that treat cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, and cleft palate. McLane Children’s provides advanced capabilities like these to better serve the children of Central Texas.

About McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White
McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White is the only pediatric hospital between Dallas and Austin. It encompasses 112 inpatient beds -- 48 private rooms and 16 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) rooms, with another 48 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.  The NICU unit cares for 600 to 700 newborns each year with their health outcomes ranking among the top 10 percent of neonatal care units in the United States.  McLane Children’s has been designed to support staff in delivering family-centered care in a healing and secure environment.

Scott & White, A World of Healing

For more information, contact:

Scott Clark
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare
sdclark@swmail.sw.org

August 21, 2012


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