Plano, TX (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
LHP Hospital Group, Inc. and the Seton Family of Hospitals recently celebrated the public unveiling of Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. The 192,400-square-foot facility represents a hospital joint venture between the two organizations and is the first new hospital serving the Bell County, TX, area in more than 35 years. The celebration included a ribbon cutting attended by mayors from the Central Texas region, state representatives, and other civic leaders.
“The medical community of Central Texas must be commended for their true grass-roots effort to get this project off the ground,” said Dan Moen, LHP Hospital Group’s CEO. “Sensing an urgent need for choice and excellence in healthcare, local physicians approached LHP and Seton about building this wonderful new facility. We are confident that Central Texas residents will benefit from this new healthcare asset, and we look forward to providing leading healthcare services to them for decades to come.”
The new three-story facility, which began seeing patients on June 18, features 83 private patient rooms, a helipad, and a 60,000-square-foot medical pavilion adjacent to the Medical Center. The entire facility is also equipped with the latest in electronic medical records technology. Officials estimate that the project will create close to 2,000 new jobs by 2022 and have a total economic impact of $1.5 billion over a ten-year period. The hospital has been built to readily accommodate growth in the coming years. Matt Maxfield, who has 24 years of healthcare experience, serves as the hospital’s CEO.
“We are delighted to be a part of this joint venture with LHP to provide an excellent healthcare option for one of the country’s fastest-growing markets,” added Jesus Garza, President and Interim CEO of Seton Healthcare Family. “We are proud to be on the ground in Harker Heights, Killeen, Temple and neighboring communities to improve healthcare in the area and in a manner consistent with the values that have defined Seton’s approach for decades.”
Dr. Charles Day, MD, President, Killeen Investment Partners, concluded, “This development would not have been possible without the determination of the local physicians who first approached LHP and Seton about building a hospital to provide choice while remaining independent. This led to the formation of a physician steering committee that worked for over a year in planning every aspect of the hospital from the architectural drawings to the physician recruitment plan to the medical staff by-laws requiring that all physicians be board certified or board eligible. We are delighted with the outcome, and look forward to formally opening our doors later this month.”
About LHP Hospital Group, Inc.
LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (LHP) is a privately held company established to provide essential capital and expertise to not-for-profit hospitals and hospital systems. In cooperation with local hospitals, LHP forms joint ventures to acquire, own, operate and manage acute care facilities in small cities and select urban markets throughout the United States. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, LHP is owned by affiliates of the private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC and the CPP Investment Board as well as certain members of management and the board of directors. For more information, please go to http://www.lhphospitalgroup.com.
About the Seton Family of Hospitals
The Seton Family of Hospitals is a division of the Seton Healthcare Family, the leading provider of comprehensive, advanced health care services in Central Texas. As part of its mission to improve the health of the communities it serves, with special concern for the poor and the vulnerable, Seton plays an increasingly important role in preparing the region’s next generation of clinicians. In Fiscal Year 2010, Seton provided $300 million in charity care.
Seton’s 38 clinical locations include five major medical centers, two community hospitals, three rural hospitals, an inpatient mental health hospital, three primary care clinics for the uninsured, and several strategically located health facilities that provide medical care for well patients. The system includes the only Level I Trauma Centers for adult and pediatric patients in the Austin area, the only heart transplant center in Central Texas, and the first two Designated Stroke Centers in Texas to receive a Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. Seton hospitals have earned four Magnet designations, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Seton is a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health network in the nation.