There are three major healthcare systems in
the Austin/Central Texas area: St. David’s
HealthCare, the Seton Healthcare Family
of Hospitals, and Scott & White Healthcare, which has several locations both in
Austin and just north of Austin on I- 35 that
primarily serve the Temple area. With these
three systems, as well as many other quality
independent providers such as the Austin
Diagnostic Clinic and the Austin Regional
Clinic, there are more than 5,000 healthcare
facilities in the Greater Austin area.
Healthcare in Austin is top-notch, too. In
fact, five area hospitals have been named to
a list of the top 100 hospitals in the United
States. Scott & White Hospital, St. David’s
Medical Center and St. David’s North
Austin Medical Center (both part of the St.
David’s HealthCare system), University
Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton
Medical Center Austin (both part of the
Seton Family of Hospitals), were chosen
from more than 5,000 hospitals analyzed for
quality of care, efficiency of operations and
sustained overall performance.
The biggest project to hit the Austin
economy in decades is the new Dell
Medical School at the University of Texas
campus, expected to be completed in July
2016. Construction began in 2014 on the
three main buildings that will comprise the
new medical school, located close to I- 35
and downtown. The large buildings will
add to the city’s landscape as they accom-
modate classes of 50 students in training to
become primary physicians and specialists.
The medical school is estimated to bring
as many as 15,000 new jobs and about $2
billion annually in economic activity for
the Austin area.
More growth in the healthcare industry
includes the construction of Medical Innovation Labs, an incubator created for clinicians
and health care professionals with ideas for
new medical device innovations. There is
also a proposed “innovation district” area
that will convert a series of parking garages
on 15th and Trinity streets to make room for
biomedical companies looking to partner
with the Dell Medical School.
Also under construction is the $295 million
Seton Medical Center at the University
of Texas, which is adjacent to the new
Dell Medical School and slated to open in
2017. Following that, the current Brackenridge Hospital will cease to operate and be
redeveloped into a mixed-use complex of
residential, office and retail, with a connection to health care.
In 2014, St. David’s HealthCare opened a
new freestanding emergency department
in northwest Austin, near Cedar Park (its
fourth in Central Texas), launched the
region’s first adult blood and marrow trans-
plant program, and opened a pediatric
program—located at St. David’s North
Austin Medical Center—in December.
Lakeway, too, has seen incredible growth
with the Lakeway Regional Medical Center,
an acute-care general hospital, opened
in 2012 with 106 licensed beds in private
rooms and a 24 hour full service Emergency
room with 23 beds, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and beautiful views of the
Hill Country. General medical services at
Lakeway Regional Medical Center include
most medical and surgical specialties, rehabilitation therapies, The Heart Institute, and
Obstetrics with a Level II Neonatal ICU.
All services are provided in a contemporary,
serene setting with the comforts of home.
General medical services at Lakeway
Regional Medical Center include cardi-ology/cardiothoracic; radiation oncology;
emergency department; surgery; gastrointestinal services; women’s health services
including obstetrics; infusion therapy;
radiology; and nuclear medicine. The
hospital will also offer respiratory services;
physical therapy/sports medicine; occupational therapy; speech-language pathology;
and pain management.