St. David’s breaks ground on new Leander hospital


St. David’s HealthCare announced last week that it is building a freestanding emergency medical center at San Gabriel Parkway and Highway 183 in Leander. The groundbreaking last Thursday on the 52-acre parcel of land was the start of construction that will eventually become a full service hospital, and officials said it signals a strong commitment to economic growth in Leander.

“We are initiating this project in response to rapid growth in the area and we will develop it in phases as the area continues to grow,” said David Huffstutler, CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, which provides more health care to Central Texas than any other hospital system.

Huffstutler said the Leander facility will be developed in three phases, including the emergency medical center, a medical office building and eventually an 80-bed hospital. “We look forward to partnering with the Leander community to ultimately bring them a full-service hospital,” Huffstutler said.

While an applauding crowd of Leander, Williamson County and St. David’s officials looked on, Huffstutler; St. David’s Round Rock CEO Deborah Ryle; President of the Leander Chamber of Commerce Bridget Brandt; and Leander Mayor Chris Fielder officially lifted shovels of dirt to kick off construction of the new medical complex.

“As Leander continues to grow, there is an increased need for access to health care in our city,” Mayor Fielder said. “St. David’s is one of the largest health systems in Texas with a wonderful reputation for quality care. We are grateful for the investment St. David’s is making in our community and are pleased to welcome them to Leander.”

The medical project’s first phase, the freestanding emergency center, will include a 11,200-square foot medical building that will have advanced testing capabilities and a medical lab. It will be staffed by experienced and board certified physicians and nurses.

The emergency center is expected to employ up to 25 employees during its first year and, with the completion of construction of the full service hospital, more than 200 jobs will be created. 

“It is a great day,” said Fielder, who presented Huffstutler with a proclamation declaring May 11, 2017 “St. David’s HealthCare Day” in Leander.

“It is so incredibly exciting,” said Brandt, who noted the area’s economy will get a boost from the St. David’s project. “It is not just what it is going to do for Leander, it is what it is going to do for all of the area.”

“We are, of course, excited,” said St. David’s Ryle. “It has been our goal for a long time to serve this growing community of families.”

Huffstutler said the project was off to a great start. “Everybody has been so welcoming. Leander is going to be the place to be and it is going to be a great partner for us.”