By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Seton Medical Center Harker Heights is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at the build site at 850 W. Central Texas Expressway.

The facility, to be located just east of the Rosewood Retirement Community, is a joint venture between LHP Hospital Group and Seton Family of Hospitals.

LHP will manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital, while Seton will manage the care contracts within the market, Thomas Gallagher, Seton Family Hospitals' senior vice president of business development, previously told the Herald.

The name of the new chief executive officer will be announced at the groundbreaking, LHP spokeswoman Pat Ball said.

She declined to provide the person's name in advance.

LHP and Layton Construction representatives expressed enthusiasm about working together on the Harker Heights project.

"We are very pleased to be working with Layton Construction Company again," LHP Executive Vice President Tom Frazier said. "Their level of dedication, professionalism and commitment made this choice an easy decision. Layton will be working with Ascension Architecture of Arlington, Texas, again and this has proven to be a winning team for LHP."

Layton Construction Vice President Bob McGuire said, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with LHP again in the construction of the Seton Medical Center Harker Heights facility. The trust and collaboration we've developed over the past 24 months in our first project with LHP at Portneuf Medical Center has been remarkable. We look forward to repeating the experience at Seton Medical Center."

LHP began plans to begin building the Harker Heights facility in June.

Completion is expected in the third quarter of 2012.

LHP and Layton currently are working together in the construction of the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.

That 350,000-square-foot, 187-bed facility is scheduled for completion and occupancy in May, and will serve the greater southeast Idaho area.

Encompassing 22 acres, the center will be a 191,400-square-foot, 83-bed facility with 24/7 emergency care; women's services; obstetrics; cardiology; surgery; oncology; neurosurgery; orthopedics; imaging and diagnostic services; general medical and surgical services; and intensive and critical care.

The hospital's campus also will feature a 60,000-square-foot medical office building.

Services provided at the office building will include family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, rheumatology and urology.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or (254) 501-7557.

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