AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s HealthCare, which provides care for more Central Texans than any other healthcare system, today announced the groundbreaking of 52 acres of land in Leander for a healthcare facility, to be constructed in phases. Construction is beginning with a freestanding emergency center, which is expected to open in the fall of 2017. The remaining plans for the site include a full-service hospital with 80 beds.
“We’re initiating this project in response to rapid growth in the area, and we’ll develop it in phases as the area continues to grow,” David Huffstutler, president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “We look forward to partnering with the Leander community to ultimately bring them a full-service hospital.”
St. David’s HealthCare celebrated the groundbreaking for its new facility with community leaders including Leander Mayor Chris Fielder, who read a proclamation declaring May 11, 2017, “St. David’s HealthCare Day” in Leander, and Leander Chamber of Commerce President Bridget Brandt.
“As Leander continues to grow, there is an increased need for access to healthcare in our city,” Mayor Fielder said. "St. David’s is one of the largest health systems in Texas with a wonderful reputation for quality care; we are grateful for the investment St. David’s is making in our community and are pleased to welcome them to Leander."
The first phase of construction will include an 11,200-square-foot emergency center with 10 to 12 rooms, and advanced testing capabilities including radiological testing and a medical lab. It will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians affiliated with St. David’s HealthCare and nurses trained in emergency care.
During the emergency center’s first year of operation, it is expected to hire 25 employees, including nurses, imaging personnel, laboratory personnel, registration staff and support personnel. With future construction of the 80-bed hospital, more than 200 jobs will be created.
The emergency center and hospital will serve as an extension of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center.
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St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees.
St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.