St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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Patient Experiences

“ The staff at St. David’s coached me through the biggest challenge of my life. My motto became, ‘I can do this. I will do this. I did it!”

– Brianna Rae, Austin


A Patient’s Story

Suzanne was 52 years old when she felt numbness and tingling in her hand. Her speech was slurred and she felt off-balance. Her husband called 911 and was able to get her to a St. David's HealthCare comprehensive stroke center within two hours. The stroke team administered TPA, a clot-fighting drug treatment.

After a short hospital stay she was referred to the rehabilitation hospital because she still had some difficulty talking and walking. In rehab, an interdisciplinary team evaluated her muscle strength, her ability to swallow, and her ability to talk and remember. They even screened her to return to driving.

Her days started before breakfast. Some days the occupational therapist came in to help her bathe and dress. Suzanne ordered her meals the day before, just like a hotel. Breakfast was served at 8 a.m. Her morning was filled with therapy: physical therapy to help her walk and not drag her foot, speech therapy to assist with home management and cooking.

After lunch in the patient dining room, Suzanne had more therapy in the biggest therapy pool in Central Texas. The warm water helped her muscles relax. Her aquatics therapist, Mary, worked with her on the underwater treadmill to help gently build her stamina and strength.

She was a little depressed after the stroke so her physician, Dr. Hill, a neurologist, ordered psychology treatment. The psychologists came by a few times per week.

Because she had difficulty moving her right arm, the doctor ordered neuro-muscular retraining. In this lab, the therapist helped her learn how to wake up her muscles again using highly sensitive EMG electrodes to measure neural activity controlling the affected muscles.

While she was in the hospital the doctor found out she had diabetes. She went to an education class with other patients.


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