By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

It was standing-room-only at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. The event took place at the build site, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway.

The state-of-the-art facility is slated to open by fall 2012 and employ about 500 workers in its first year, 877 by year three and 958 by its fifth year.

Community leaders from throughout Bell County, as well as surrounding areas, were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen said in a news release, "Seton Medical Center Harker Heights is just the type of hospital we want in our community. Our residents and neighbors will have access to excellent care right at their doorstep and benefit from the new jobs and economic growth the hospital will bring."

Also commenting on the project was Charles J. Barnett, president and CEO of Seton Family of Hospitals.

"This joint venture between LHP (Hospital Group) and the Seton Family of Hospitals responds to two needs expressed by the community: the desire to have health services that grow right along with Harker Heights, Killeen, Temple and neighboring communities and to have a choice in health care providers," he said.

The three-story facility is expected to encompass 192,400 square feet and provide 83 beds.

An emergency department, intensive care unit, critical care, women's services, imaging and diagnostics, minimally invasive surgical suites and a helipad are a few of the services to be offered.

The project is estimated at $100 million and projected to have a total economic impact of $1.1 billion by 2022.

Medical office building

A groundbreaking for the Harker Heights Medical Pavilion, to be located adjacent to the medical center, is planned for the fall.

The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building is expected to open in the summer of 2012.

Medical specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, rheumatology and urology.

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