After a little over a year since breaking ground, staff and executives of Seton Medical Center opened the doors at the hospital Thursday night for a special ribbon-cutting event and tour. Rain forced the official ceremony indoors as hundreds of supporters, employees, benefactors, civic leaders and other guests packed into the lobby. Attendees were treated to guided tours, including the emergency room and surgical suites.
Since the hospital is a joint venture between LHP Hospital Group and Seton, executives from both entities were at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Harker Heights Mayor Mike Aycock and City Manager Steve Carpenter were singled out and thanked by Seton Harker Heights CEO Matt Maxfield for their continued support of the hospital. The hospital has nearly 275 employees and expected to create more than 1,900 jobs in the next decade.
The $100 million three-story hospital will feature 83 licensed beds, a full-service emergency department, all-electronic medical records, an intensive care unit, women’s services, medical and surgical services, imaging and diagnostic, a helipad and a 60,000-square-foot medical pavilion adjacent to the main hospital. The 192,400-square-foot complex is at 850 W. Central Expressway in Harker Heights. The free, public grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.