AUSTIN -- The medical industry in Austin is growing. On Tuesday the Seton Healthcare Family unveiled a $48 million expansion at the Seton Medical Center in Central Austin.
The expansion stretches out over 57,000 square feet. It's part intensive care, part immediate care and part cardiology. It includes 60 new patient rooms with extra space allowing doctors a chance to perform new procedures.
"Technology is increasing. We have more equipment; more things we can bring to take care of our patients. With that comes the increased space. Patients are sicker now than they used to be; it takes more resources to manage them," explained Jordan Weingarten, M.D.
Outside the rooms Seton included a command center where patients are closely monitored. This is the latest in a string of expansions in the medical industry in Austin.
Seton is also teaming up in an effort to build a new medical school at the University of Texas. Construction plans are still in the works.
Other major medical providers in Central Texas are also growing. Saint David’s Healthcare has nearly two dozen medical centers including six hospitals. Scott and White Healthcare has clinics stretched out across 70 different offices in Central Texas with two additional facilities on the way.