BASTROP, Texas — Ascension Seton celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art healthcare facility located in Bastrop, Texas, on Thursday.

The 40,000-square-foot hospital and medical office offers the following services to the Bastrop area:

  • 24-hour emergency care
  • Inpatient services
  • On-site imaging and lab 
  • Brain and spine care
  • Heart and vascular health
  • Primary care and family medicine
  • Maternal fetal medicine
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Women's diagnostics

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"Bastrop is one of the fastest-growing communities in all of the country and we want to ensure that their healthcare needs are met," said Christian Vasquez, the chief operating officer of Ascension Texas.

Bastrop's fast-growing community has created an increased demand for high-quality healthcare, according to Ascension Seton.

Another benefit, Vasquez said, was the cut in drive time for Bastrop residents to receive certain types of medical care.

"People won't have to drive all the way into Austin to see a cardiologist or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist," said Vasquez. "There are times to drive into Austin for that high-end, super-specialty care, but as much as possible we want patients to be served in the community so family members can come and see them and help them in the recovery process."

One person who has noticed that perk is Steve Slater, a retired Bastrop County resident. 

"We would probably have to go to Austin to get the care that we got here. You know, it's kind of a long way's out but – and it's the traffic and everything – it's a mess," said Slater. 

Slater told KVUE he initially went in for dehydration and had to stay at the hospital for six days before being released. 

"I was here for six days and the care that we got here was fantastic," said Slater.

He said having family nearby helped out.

"A lot of people don't like to drive to Austin, and if you're over there by yourself you don’t have many people coming over to visit with you – kind of makes the stay feel a little longer," said Slater.

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