There’s no denying that Austin is one of the healthy cities in Texas. There are loads of biking and running trails for the residents to stay fit and if you enjoy a little of the outdoors, there are also some hiking trails you can take on. In addition to that, the healthcare resources are also worth mentioning. From preventive care to emergency care, short term, long term, and even therapeutic care, they’ve got pretty much everything you need to stay healthy both physically and mentally.
The Austin/Central Texas area is served by three major healthcare systems. The first is Scott & White Healthcare which has several locations in and outside of Austin towards the North. The other two systems are St. David’s HealthCare and the Seton Healthcare Family of Hospitals. These three systems, with the help of independent providers like the Austin Diagnostic Clinic and the Austin Regional Clinic, make up over 30 healthcare facilities in the Austin area. This is quite impressive considering some cities would be miles ahead if they had half of what Austin has.
The quality of healthcare is also something worth noting. Austin ranks very highly among other American cities when ranked according to quality of healthcare in addition to being one of the best places to live. As a matter of fact, there are about four hospitals from the region that have made it to the list of top 100 American hospitals. The hospitals include South Austin Hospital, which is a part of the St. David’s system, Scott & White Hospital, and University Medical Center Brackenridge and Seton Medical Center Austin, both of which are part of the Seton Family of Hospitals. These hospitals were selected from a list of close to 5000 other hospitals which speaks volumes on the relative quality of healthcare in Austin compared to other cities in America.
As if that is not enough, new facilities are being built and others in the planning stages. Scott & White have recently broken ground on a new 12000-square-foot Healthcare clinic in Leander just a few miles away from Central Austin. The clinic plans to combine primary care with physical therapy services supported by 16 exam rooms, on-site X-ray, two treatment rooms, laboratory services plus two physical therapists and three physicians. This has been a much-needed addition to Leander and to some extent Cedar Park and the surrounding locale as locals were previously forced to drive to Scott & White’s Round Rock clinic for care.
The Lakeway region has also not been left behind. With continuous growth, comes a need to increase the healthcare resources so that residents’ needs are well attended to. For instance, the Lake Travis Specialty Hospital which was built to provide care for long-term acute-care patients, features 38 beds, six of which allow for intensive care. The more recently opened Lakeway Regional Medical Center offers a wide range of healthcare services including cardiology/cardiothoracic, radiation oncology, emergency department, surgery, gastrointestinal services, women’s health services including obstetrics, infusion therapy, radiology, and nuclear medicine.
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