News LHP Hospital Group, Inc. and the Seton Family of Hospitals Enter Joint Venture to Build Seton Medical Center Harker Heights

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(Killeen, Harker Heights, Plano and Austin, Texas- Dec. 20, 2010) - LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (LHP) and the Seton Family of Hospitals, the leading provider of health care services in Central Texas, have formed a joint venture to construct Seton Medical Center Harker Heights in Bell County.

The approximately $100 million, 180,400-square-foot, 83-bed hospital is slated to open in the third quarter of 2012. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.

"Incredible growth in Bell and the surrounding counties, and the overwhelming desire in the local community to have a choice in health care providers, were two of the factors that drove our decision to partner with LHP Hospital Group in this venture," Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, president and CEO of the Seton Family of Hospitals, said. "We share with LHP a culture that emphasizes person-centered care and quality services, so this is a comfortable fit for Seton."

Seton Medical Center Harker Heights will be located on the south side of the highway at 860 West Central Texas Expressway, between Knights Way and East Stan Schlueter Loop, just east of the Rosewood Retirement Center.

"We are proud to join Seton in building this new hospital to serve the health care needs of Bell County and the surrounding area," Dan Moen, LHP CEO, said. "The hospital will feature a full-service emergency department plus acute-care services including 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 campus will include a 60,000-square-foot medical office building being developed by Rendina Companies, one of the nation's largest full-service healthcare real estate development firms, in joint ownership with the many specialists who will occupy the building. Services provided in 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.

The joint venture's governing board will have equal representation from LHP and Seton, and a local Board of Trustees composed of physicians and community leaders will oversee day-to-day operating decisions.

"All of us at King's Daughters Clinic are very excited about the association of LHP and Seton," Jeffery Kroll, MD, president of the King's Daughters Clinic, said. "Our commitment stands as strong as ever to offer the highest quality of health care with respect and dignity for each person. The presence of a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital for our patients that require advanced hospital care is most welcome news. We look forward to continued cooperation with LHP and Seton to bring a choice in health care to the people of Bell and surrounding counties."

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