St. David's HealthCare began construction in April on St. David's Emergency Center Buda. The new facility—St. David's HealthCare's sixth freestanding emergency center—will serve as an extension of St. David's South Austin Medical Center.

"As Buda grows, so does its need for advanced, comprehensive emergency care," Todd Steward, chief executive officer of St. David's South Austin Medical Center, said. "St. David's South Austin Medical Center has long been a leader in providing quality health care and exceptional outcomes to patients in Central Texas, and this new center will allow us to bring that same level of expertise to the residents of Buda."

The new St. David's HealthCare emergency center will feature 12 treatment beds and advanced testing capabilities, including radiological testing and a medical lab. St. David's Emergency Center Buda will be staffed by board-certified physicians and nurses trained in trauma care. Like all St. David's Emergency Centers, the Buda site will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.