Ken Paxton

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Attorney General Abbott Announces $500,000 Award to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today granted a $500,000 award to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, which will use the funds to provide health care services to children of indigent families. Dell Children’s Medical Center was singled out to receive the award because of its demonstrated commitment to charity care and the quality care it provides to families across a wide geographic region.

Charitable health care organizations serve families who cannot afford to pay for much-needed medical care, Attorney General Abbott said. Today’s award recognizes Dell Children’s Medical Center’s high quality patient care and demonstrated commitment to serving needy families. The Office of the Attorney General will continue working to increase access to charitable care in Texas.

Attorney General Abbott was joined today by Charles Barnett, president and CEO of the Seton Family of Hospitals.

This award will increase Dell Childrens’ ability to provide world-class pediatric care like open heart surgery and cancer treatment to uninsured children, said Charles Barnett, President and CEO, Seton Family of Hospitals. Charity provided by Seton continues to increase even faster than the booming population of Central Texas. These dollars will be put to good use immediately to care for the children of Central Texas that Dell Children’s serves.

The $500,000 award is funded by a 2007 settlement between the Attorney General and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. The agreement is intended to help provide needy patients with charitable health care services. Under the $4.5 million settlement, which will be distributed among three children’s hospitals and eight charity health care clinics throughout the state, all funds must directly benefit indigent patients. The awards are in addition to the non-profit hospitals’ charity care obligations under Texas law.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the newest branch of the Seton Family of Hospitals, opened in the summer of 2007. The medical center serves 46 Central Texas counties with state-of-the-art medical technology and pediatric health care resources. The new facility supports increased capacity in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department as well as a comprehensive Pediatric Trauma program, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center and a host of other capabilities.