AUSTIN (KXAN) — A major investment will impact the future of healthcare in Austin. St. David’s has announced their plans to spend $275 million to build a new facility, acquire a hospital, and expand two established locations.
This is a part of St. David’s expansion across the Austin-area at two locations. The capital investment also included the acquisition of a hospital in North Austin, which will provide hundreds of new jobs. A new hospital will also be constructed in Leander with a $20 million investment.
“This acquisition of a new hospital in the northern region of the market, development of the new Leander facility and significant expansions at two of our largest hospitals, mark another milestone in an unprecedented era of growth for St. David’s HealthCare,” said David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare.
The hospital in North Austin was initially developed as a specialty surgery facility. It will now feature 40 patient rooms, 12 VIP rooms, 10 operating rooms, six intensive care units, and an emergency department. An estimated 130 full time job positions will be available, which will expand to 150 in the next five years.
The Leander hospital will include an emergency department and has plans to expand to a full-service hospital. Radiological testing will be available at the medical lab, in addition to 10 to 12 patient rooms. At first there will only be 25 jobs available, but the next phase of construction includes adding more than 200 jobs to the hospital’s staff. St. David’s expects the hospital to be completed by 2017.
Expansions of the St. David’s Medical Centers will add ICU beds, surgical beds, operating rooms and a new electrophysiology center. Construction is expected to be finished in the next 18 to 24 months.
“The St. David’s HealthCare announcement of a $275-million capital investment in Central Texas is important on a number of levels. With 60,000 people moving to Austin each year, we must constantly expand our healthcare infrastructure to keep up,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “However, capacity alone is not the answer, which is why St. David’s is so vital to this region—it brings top-quality healthcare to the Austin area and helps us maintain our position as America’s best place to live.”