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

Nicole Villalpando
nvillalpando@statesman.com

St. David’s Medical Center now has moved four critically ill infants from the Houston area to its neonatal intensive care units. 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.

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 six patients transferred to its hospitals by Monday afternoon before these infants arrived.

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.