Scott & White, Temple, Texas, announced plans to build a 76-bed hospital in the Austin suburb of Round Rock. The $81 million project also will include a multispecialty clinic and diagnostic imaging center on a 68-acre site 15 miles north of Austin in fast-growing Williamson County. Construction will begin this fall and the hospital is slated to open in March 2007. In a second phase of the project, not-for-profit Scott & White, which already operates 468-bed Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple and 15 regional clinics, hopes to expand the new hospital into a 300-bed facility. Robert Hardy, Scott & White's associate executive director, said the company will finance the project through bond issues, debt and cash from operations. The Round Rock hospital will compete with 118-bed Round Rock Medical Center, owned by six-hospital St. David's HealthCare Partnership, a joint venture between Nashville-based HCA and St. David's HealthCare System. -- by Mark Taylor
Scott & White announces plans for new Texas hospital
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