Since 1996, Dell Children's Medical Center (formerly Children's Hospital of Austin) has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. In March 2003, the SETON Network (which includes Dell Children's Medical Center) became the first cancer program in Texas and the seventh in the nation to receive approval as a Network Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Our cancer program was most recently re-accredited in April 2008.
Our mission is to provide funding for the Children's Blood and Cancer Center of Central Texas to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families during treatment. We are committed to raising awareness of the special needs of children fighting childhood cancers and blood disorders, through our fundraising efforts, community partnerships, and the spirit of volunteerism. Learn More About Superhero Kids
After suffering a spinal cord injury, James Leonard beat the odds and is back on the ski slopes, thanks to the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center at Dell Children's.
At 14, James Leonard lived to ski, competed in national championships and looked forward to a bright skiing future. In July 2007 while attending summer camp in Austin, he dove into a lake head first, colliding with a rock. He was air lifted to Dell Children's, where doctors discovered a spinal cord injury and feared he would remain a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. The same determination and drive James once used to succeed on the ski slopes was being used to fight a much more serious battle. Two weeks later, thanks to his spirit and the excellent care he and his family received through the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center and Dell Children's, James walked out of the medical center.
Since 1992, the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center is the only place in Central Texas that specializes in battling all types of cancers and blood disorders in children and adolescents, from leukemia to brain tumors, from sickle cell to hemophilia. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for each child and adolescent we serve through individualized treatment, compassionate care, and research. The Children’s Blood & Cancer Center offers comprehensive services – from outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy, surgery and medical care to child life activities and psychosocial support. Our staff helps patients and families cope with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis by providing long term cancer survivorship care, educational wellness fairs, family and teen support groups, physical activity training programs, family nutrition classes, and art therapy.
Carson Peal lives with Asperger syndrome and is thriving, thanks to The Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children's Medical Center.
Gail and Michael Peal appreciate unique qualities about their 15 year-old son, Carson, who has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. He struggles to communicate his thoughts and has experienced a delay in growth and development, but despite his challenges, Carson thrives as a ninth grader and earns top grades.
Gail remembers little things about Carson as a baby, which left her uneasy. "He had problems breastfeeding and would not gaze into my eyes," she says. "By age two, he would make sounds, but didn't talk. Despite these developmental problems, Carson has exhibited real strengths: at age three, he started to read. He thinks outside the box and can solve problems because of his unique view of the world. His teachers and therapists discovered a spark deep down inside and by appreciating Carson's uniqueness, they are encouraging him to reach his fullest potential."
Trauma Services at Dell Children's Medical Center is designed to provide the Central Texas community with comprehensive health care services for the injured child.
What is Trauma Service?
Trauma Services is a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses, registrars, social workers, child life specialists, injury prevention educators, therapists, researchers, and support staff who work together to care for children who have suffered a serious physical injury.