Waco Hospitals and Health-Care Centers Expand, Add Facilities
Patients in six-county region of the Heart of Texas can expect top health care without traveling far from home.
Conveniently located Providence Health Center in Waco offers a range of specialized care that includes heart and cancer clinics, wound and bariatric surgery centers, and an accredited Level II stroke facility. The hospital has also embarked upon a $6.5 million expansion of its Women and Newborns Center, which will include an upgraded neonatal nursery for sick newborns.
The 18-month expansion project will be completed by January 2012 and includes renovation of the front of the hospital, an expansion of the lobby and adding a dedicated express elevator to the Women and Newborns Center on the fifth floor. It is the first major renovation of the birthing center since it was established in 1995, and construction is being financed entirely through hospital reserves and donations.
Cutting-Edge Treatment, Technologies
Hillcrest Health System in Waco as well as Scott & White Healthcare, which operates health-care facilities throughout Central Texas, merged a couple of years ago to open a brand-new Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, on Hillcrest Medical Boulevard. The 236-bed hospital is jointly run by the two health-care entities as a ministry of Texas Baptists.
“Partnering with an academic research hospital (Scott & White) provides a greater opportunity to bring groundbreaking treatment and technologies directly to the greater McLennan County area,” says Glenn Robinson, president and CEO of Hillcrest Health System.
The spacious $185 million hospital off of Interstate 35 includes imaging centers, a Level II trauma center and a network of specialty clinics that include a new OB/GYN facility. There is also a large emergency department and a number of high-tech surgical suites.
Rehabilitation, Outpatient Centers
As for the old Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center building on Herring Avenue that has served Central Texas since 1920, it remains open and is home to the only acute inpatient rehabilitation unit in McLennan County. HBMC-Herring Avenue also offers outpatient radiation treatment through its Fentress Cancer Center, plus there is a new skilled nursing facility along with home care and hospice services.
Hospital Expansions, Upgrades
Several other hospitals throughout the Heart of Texas have undergone changes in recent times, including the Waco Veterans Affairs Medical Center that first opened in 1933. The VA Hospital recently spent nearly $50 million for upgrades that include the creation of a Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, which is a mental health research facility with offices and labs.
The hospital also expanded its Blind Rehabilitation Unit to 30 beds and repaired its campus infrastructure in preparation for the growth of new programs.