Dell Children's Receives Gift to Support Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents
- AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 15, 2014)
T. Nyle Maxwell (center) presents the $1,000 check to Maureen Wood (left) and Dr. Kevin Stark.
When T. Nyle Maxwell, philanthropist and president/chief operating officer of the family of auto dealerships that bears his name, was among 57 U.S. auto dealers nominated to be the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year, the designation came with a $1,000 donation to the charity of each nominee's choice.
The Texas Child Study Center is an outpatient clinic and research center established in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin to provide mental health services to children and adolescents with emotional, developmental and behavioral challenges.
"There is a major need in our community to invest in mental health services for children and adolescents," said Maxwell. "My family and I will continue to do whatever we can to help build capacity in this important area and lessen the stigma associated with mental illness."
The prevalence of mental health disorders among youth in Central Texas and the rest of the U.S. represents a true public health crisis. Studies have found that 10 to 20 percent of children and adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
"There are very effective treatments that can produce life-changing results for children and their families," said Dr. Kevin Stark, the co-founder of the Texas Child Study Center. "Unfortunately, the majority of children and adolescents who need such services do not have access to them. We greatly appreciate Nyle's contribution as it takes support from the community to increase accessibility to these services."
Maxwell served as the founding chairman of the board for the Children's Foundation of Austin, now the Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas and remains an active member of the organization, which raises funds for Dell Children's, a member of Seton Healthcare Family. Maxwell served as the Mayor of Round Rock from 2002 to 2008.
"On behalf of Dell Children's and the foundation, we are most grateful to Nyle for his support of the Texas Child Study Center, as well as his continued involvement on the foundation board. We are honored to be his charity of choice," said Maureen Wood, the foundation's executive director.
Now in its 45th year, the TIME Dealer of the Year award is named after TIME magazine and sponsored by Ally Financial. The award will be presented Jan. 25 at the 97th Annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in New Orleans. The final award comes with an additional grant to go to a charitable cause of the winner's choice.
About Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Dell Children's Medical Center is the premier health care provider for children and adolescents in the Central Texas region. Dell Children's, a non-profit and member of the Seton Healthcare Family, provides charity care that ensures no child is refused necessary care for lack of ability to pay. Children's Medical Center Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Dell Children's.
About Seton Healthcare FamilyThe Seton Healthcare Family, a faith-based non-profit organization founded in 1902 by the Daughters of Charity, is the leading provider of comprehensive, advanced health care and services in Central Texas.
Seton operates more than 90 clinical locations including four medical centers, a world class pediatric medical center, two community hospitals, three rural hospitals, an inpatient mental health hospital, three primary care clinics for the uninsured and several strategically located health facilities. The system offers the region's only Level I Trauma Centers for adult and pediatric patients, and first heart transplant program. Seton's insurance division works with commercial insurance companies, community physicians and Medicaid and Medical Access programs for low-income persons, to assist in the management of the region's overall health.
Seton is home to The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center's Austin medical residency programs, as well as the Seton/UTSW Clinical Research Institute.The organization's role in education, research and spiritual programming furthers Seton's mission to improve the health of the communities it serves, with special concern for the poor and the vulnerable, as it prepares the region's next generation of clinicians. In Fiscal Year 2012, Seton provided almost $400 million in charity care.
Generous donors and a culture of giving nurtured by trustees, volunteers and staff help Seton further the Daughters of Charity health care ministry.
Seton is a member of Ascension Health, the nation's largest not-for-profit health network.