Hurricane Harvey: St. David’s moves 4 Houston babies to its NICU

St. David’s Medical Center moved four critically ill infants from the Houston area to its neonatal intensive care units Wednesday. St. David’s sent a helicopter team to bring them to Austin.

This is in addition to the seven infants Dell Children’s Medical Center brought from Corpus Christi late Thursday night in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey.

A team from St. David’s Medical Center moves an infant to its NICU. St. David’s

As of Wednesday, Seton Healthcare Family had received 31 patients from Victoria, Corpus Christi, Houston, El Campo, Bay City, Columbus and  La Grange. They were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children’s and Seton Northwest.

St. David’s HealthCare had 10 patients transferred to its hospitals as of Wednesday, including these infants.

Both St. David’s and Seton systems have seen hundreds of evacuees come through their doors needing help with everything from needing to get medication refills to more serious conditions like heart-related illnesses.

Both hospital systems have been preparing for more direct hospital-to-hospital transfers throughout the week. Often those have not come to fruition or the patients were sent to Dallas instead. The hospitals’ staff have been working with the city’s Emergency Operations Center to coordinate placement of patients and care of evacuees from Harvey-affected areas.

 

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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