Baptist Health System to Build New Hospital in New Braunfels – Will a Two Hospital Town Breed Competition?

Baptist Health System says it has purchased a 56-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Loop 306 in New Braunfels where it plans to build a full-service hospital.

Officials with the San Antonio-based health care system say the new hospital will cost between $85 million and $115 million to develop and will be situated near the new Town Center at Creekside mixed-use development.

“The tremendous growth in Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties has meant an increase in demand for medical services,” says Baptist Health System President and CEO Graham Reeve.

“With its location near two major roadways, the new hospital will provide greater access for area residents to a full range of medical services, specialist physicians and top-flight programs like the Baptist Brain & Stroke Network,” he adds.

Comal County is expected to almost triple in size by the year 2040.

“We’ve been working with Baptist leadership for some time to realize this important addition to our community,” says Dr. Mark Hickman. “As a physician, resident and board member of the New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation, I know that it’s important for our growing community to have choice and access to care where we need it most.”

Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, says the development of a new hospital is essential.

“Proximity to high-quality hospital services is often a top site-selection factor for expanding and relocating businesses,” he says. “Our community has identified additional medical services as a major goal and this decision will bring additional economic impact to the area and services nearer to our residents.”

Baptist officials say the new hospital will provide comprehensive acute-care, medical and emergency care, as well as cardiovascular and neonatology services.

It is not clear at present how many beds the new hospital will house. But Baptist officials say the project is expected to completed in 2012.

Baptist Health System is owned by Nashville-based Vanguard Health Systems. It is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and operates five faith-based, acute-care hospitals in the San Antonio market.

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