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Poisoning from gasoline and other hydrocarbons has been dropping, especially in small children, reports a new study. Even so, those poisonings and injuries involving common flammables found around the house increase during the summer.

The study was in Pediatrics, the journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It focused on hydrocarbon-related poisonings in children five years-old and younger, over a 10 year period using records from the National Poison Data System.

S. David Baker, PharmD, was part of the study team. He said the primary injury from hydrocarbons can be to the child’s lungs. The study reported that three-quarters of the child poisoning ER visits were due to drinking hydrocarbons.

Baker is the director of the Central Texas Poison Center housed at Scott & White and part of the statewide Texas Poison Center Network. The center provides 24-hour poison emergency treatment and information for health care professionals and the public. The toll-free number is 800-222-1222.

McLane Children’s Scott & White has the only emergency department between Dallas and Austin that is specifically for children.

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Scott & White Healthcare (marblefallsclinic.sw.org) is opening a 66,000-square-foot specialty clinic in Marble Falls on Monday, June 3.  A private ribbon cutting ceremony took place for donors and local business leaders on Friday, May 31 to mark the official opening.

The new Scott & White Specialty Clinic – Marble Falls serves as an anchor for the Hurd Regional Medical Center campus. The clinic is located at 800 West Hwy 71 in Marble Falls. Upcoming construction plans include a 200,000- square-foot hospital.

“We’re delighted to bring this level of specialized, integrated medical care to the residents of the Hill Country,” said Kevin Leeper, chief executive officer for Scott & White – Hill Country Region. “By opening this clinic, we’ve responded to a growing community need for specialized medical care; next year we’ll unveil our new acute care hospital.”

Randall Grimshaw, MD, chief medical officer for Scott & White – Hill Country Region said, “today signifies the continuation of our dedication to the Hill Country region. The collaboration of everyone involved in this project has brought us closer to building a medical complex that will provide the Hill Country community with access to the most comprehensive, personalized, and highest-quality patient care.”

Hospital Overview

Scott & White Hospital – Marble Falls will consist of 46 beds with plans to provide additional infrastructure to accommodate an expansion to more than 80 beds. The facility will offer multispecialty medical care services including primary care, cardiology, general surgery, orthopaedics, podiatry, oncology, audiology, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, optometry, ophthalmology, dermatology, urology and pain management.  Recruitment continues for the physicians, who will staff the medical center. Ultimately, the complex will employ over 500 physicians and staff members.

 

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4/18/13 6 p.m. update from Waco on tragedy in West, Texas

WACO, Texas – 6 p.m. – Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center – Scott & White Healthcare has been assessing and treating the patients who arrived at our facility and are preparing for the possibility of receiving additional patients as search and recovery efforts continue.

Of those we have treated, 28 were admitted, and seven of those have now been discharged with the possibility of two more discharges later today. Five of the patients admitted remain in our Intensive Care Units, and one of those has orders to move to a general, acute care floor. Two pediatric trauma patients were transferred from our facility to the McLane Children’s Scott & White in Temple. Additionally, 12 elderly patients, who were reportedly nursing home residents from West, were able to be treated and discharged to alternate nursing home facilities. In addition to the patients who were admitted, transferred or discharged to another healthcare facility, more than 50 patients were treated and released from the Emergency Department and left with family and friends.

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11:30 a.m. update on tragedy in West, Texas

TEMPLE, Texas – 11:30 a.m. Scott & White hospitals in Temple received, and has been treating, five victims from the Wednesday evening explosion in West. Three patients are at Scott & White Hospital – Temple, with two listed as being in critical condition and one is listed in fair condition.  McLane Children’s Scott & White Hospital received and is treating two patients, one in critical condition and the other in serious condition.

For more information, read a statement from Glenn A. Robinson, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Scott & White Healthcare in Waco.

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Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center update on West tragedy

WACO, Texas – During the events of the past 10 hours, the focus of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center – Scott & White Healthcare has been on assessing and treating the patients who arrived at our facility and on preparing for the possibility of receiving additional patients as search and recovery efforts continue.

Of those we have treated, 28 were admitted and continue to receive care as inpatients. Five of those are being treated in our intensive care units.   Two pediatric trauma patients were transferred from our facility to the McLane’s Children’s Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Additionally, 12 elderly patients, who were reportedly nursing home residents from West, were able to be treated and discharged to alternative nursing home facilities. In addition to the patients who were admitted, transferred or discharged to another healthcare facility, more than 50 patients were treated and released from the Emergency Department and left with family and friends.

We are very proud of the work of our physicians, nurses and other staff who responded to this emergency. They train and prepare for events like this and mobilized very quickly to respond professionally, efficiently and with all of the needed resources. We had well over 250 physicians and staff respond to our hospital’s campus to provide medical care to those injured in the explosion. The regional coordination and response from our Regional Trauma System, law enforcement, emergency responders and the community at large has been heroic.

The people of our community and Central Texas have once again demonstrated our ability to face unexpected challenges and to respond with resilience and strength. We are proud to serve in such a community, and our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of West.

Glenn Robinson, CEO, Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center

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1:00 a.m. update on tragedy in West, Texas

TEMPLE, Texas – (April 18, 2013) 1:00 a.m.  Scott & White has received five patients, three at Scott & White – Hospital, and two at McLane Children’s Hospital. Two of the five patients are listed in critical condition; the other’s conditions are undetermined at this time.

A special phone number has been established for family inquiries:  1-888-394-4947.

The Blood Donation Center will stay open until 2:30 a.m., and then reopen at 8 a.m. in the morning, to allow area residents to come in and donate. Donors can get to the Blood Donation Center by coming in the main hospital entrance at 2401 S. 31st Street, Temple.

As the Level 1 trauma center for the region, Scott & White Hospital – Temple is communicating and coordinating with emergency management out of Waco to provide care for victims.

Additional information will be provided as it is available, as well as public messages on the Scott & White website www.sw.org and social media locations.

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In order to better serve the needs of patients and the community, Scott & White Healthcare has opened a new clinic in Pflugerville today. Previously, Scott & White had a clinic in Pflugerville located at 1501 Pecan Street.  The new 11,800 square-foot clinic (near the intersection of 685 and Pflugerville Parkway) replaces the Pecan Street space and includes primary care, physical therapy services, on-site radiology and will later include services from specialists and extended hours services.

“By bringing additional services to Pflugerville, we’re better serving our patients’ needs and bringing them the care they want closer to home,” said Colleen Sundquist, regional administrator for the clinics at Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock.  “When we combine primary care physicians, specialty physicians, and therapists all in one location, it’s a win-win for our patients and physicians.”

The clinic features 12 exam rooms, one treatment room, on-site x-ray, laboratory services, and a therapy gym. The former Scott & White – Pflugerville clinic had six exam rooms and over 3,000 square feet.

Sundquist went on to say that “by building a larger clinic to serve our patients in Pflugerville, we’ve responded to a growing demand in our community for additional services and more space. We outgrew our previous location, and this larger clinic offers more convenient care in the right place at the right time for patients in Pflugerville and those from outlying communities.”

Family Medicine physicians Chau Nguyen, DO and Catherine Meshew, MD, having moved over to the new clinic, which accommodates up to six primary care physicians. And, Ashu Verma, DO, family medicine physician, recently joined Scott & White and is now seeing patients at the new clinic.

Scott & White signed an agreement with developer Highline Real Estate Group of Dallas to build and lease the new space, which sits on a 1.243 -acre lot.

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When a child is sick or injured, transportation to McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White can be a critical step to needed care. McLane Children’s now has a new state-of-the-art pediatric and neonatal transport ambulance.

The new king-sized vehicle made its official delivery reception on March 4, 2013.

Special care features, such as an onboard liquid oxygen system to create needed needed medical-quality oxygen, are things that set this custom made ambulance apart from standard mobile critical care units.


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Extra room for the staff, along with space for family of the patient also make the vehicle unique. Captains chairs with seat belts and harnesses keep everyone comfortable and safe for the transport journeys.

When it goes into around-the-clock service later in March, the ambulance will be staffed with a specialized team of pediatric technicians who have advanced training in the stabilization, treatment and transport of children.

Read more about this custom made ambulance in the news release, or visit the McLane Children’s website about it.

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Lung transplant program launched at Scott & White

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A Gidding, Texas man is grateful to now be able to draw a deep breath and tell you how nice it is to have a new set of lungs. He was the first patient for the newly established Lung Transplant Program at Scott & White Healthcare. The Scott & White Lung Transplant Program is the only lung program available between Dallas and San Antonio.

The Lung Transplant Program team made the public announcement in a briefing for news reporters on January 23, 2013.

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Lung transplantation can be needed for patients who may have diseases that cause scar tissue to accumulate in the lungs, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis.

Scott & White’s Lung Transplant Program becomes one more offering as part of the transplant center for the health care system. Scott & White began performing heart transplants in 2010.

Read more about the program announcement online and in the news release.

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MARBLE FALLS, Texas – As construction of the Scott & White Specialty Clinic – Marble Falls at the Hurd Regional Medical Center continues with an anticipated opening of June 2013, Scott & White has announced it is bringing cancer services to the facility in a phased rollout.

The oncology treatment services, to be housed on the third floor of the clinic, will initially include a waiting and check-in area, six infusion bays, including an isolation bay, infusion pharmacy, and three exam rooms. With adjacent shell space, this allows for additional expansion in the future based on patient needs. Phase II of the cancer services rollout is expected to include radiation therapy. 

Chief Medical Officer Randall Grimshaw, MD, of the Scott & White Hill Country region, explains, “creating this dedicated space for oncology care inside our specialty clinic brings convenient access to high quality care to those living in the Hill Country who currently have to travel from their homes for cancer treatment.”

For more information, please see full press release.

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