Seton Family of Hospitals and the LHP Hospital Group have officially launched a new three-story hospital in Bell County, Texas, marking the first new hospital in the county in more than 35 years.
The Seton Medical Center Harker Heights consists of 83 beds, electronic medical records, a helipad and a 60,000ft² medical pavilion.
LHP Hospital Group CEO Dan Moen said the development of the new medical centre is a "grass-roots success story", as local physicians sensed the pressing need for excellence in healthcare and approached LHP and Seton about building the new facility.
"We are confident that Central Texas residents will benefit from this new healthcare asset, and look forward to providing leading healthcare services to them for decades to come."
The 192,400ft² hospital is expected to create approximately 2,000 new jobs by 2022 and is projected to have a total economic impact of $1.5bn over a ten-year period.
Seton Healthcare Family president and interim CEO Jesus Garza said the joint venture between LHP and the Seton Family of Hospitals provides a healthcare option for one of the country's fastest-growing markets.
"We are delighted to partner with LHP on this project, and to be on the ground in Harker Heights, Killeen, Temple and neighboring communities to improve healthcare in the area," Jesus Garza added.
The facility is likely to open officially and start receiving patients from 18 June 2012.