BASTROP, Texas – (June 26, 2013) – Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC), a federally qualified health center, broke ground on a 25,000-square-foot, multi-service community health center in Bastrop June 25. The land on which the center will be built was donated by Ascension Seton.
The project is a result of a one-time grant award of $5 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which LSCC received last year. The new community health center, which is slated to open in summer 2014, will create access to quality, affordable primary care services for more than 17,500 medically underserved residents of Bastrop and the surrounding area.
Local elected officials and leaders from LSCC and Ascension Seton formally broke ground on construction of the health center today during a press conference, where they discussed the need for access to affordable health care for the uninsured and underinsured and the services that the clinic will add to the community.
“This project is a remarkable example of an organization using innovation and collaboration for the benefit of the greater community in a way that leverages available funding opportunities without relying on governmental support,” said Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape. “Thanks to the efforts of Lone Star Circle of Care and Ascension Seton, today we are taking a major step forward in the journey to a healthier Bastrop County.”
LSCC is one of only a few federally qualified health centers in Texas that received grant funding through the Capital Development-Building Capacity Program, which was a competitive grant opportunity authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and administered by HRSA- an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LSCC received $5 million, the maximum amount allowable under the program.
“This project is the result of a collaborative effort between Lone Star Circle of Care, Ascension Seton and the people of Bastrop County to embrace and leverage an opportunity that will change the future of community health in this area,” said Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, chief medical officer of LSCC. “We wouldn’t be standing here today without Ascension Seton’s generous donation of the land for this facility, which made the project possible. Since we began this endeavor, the leaders and residents of Bastrop have gone out of their way to be supportive, accommodating and welcoming. This is a testament not only to their spirit, but also to their vision and realization that a community cannot thrive unless its most vulnerable members have access to affordable, accountable health care.”
When it opens the health center will offer comprehensive OB/GYN, pediatric and adult primary care, psychiatry and behavioral health, and dentistry. Like all LSCC clinics, the new location will accept all patients, with a focus on providing care for those who are medically underserved. There is currently no other federally qualified health center providing services in Bastrop County.
The health center is being built on land located on Old Austin Highway between Schaffer Boulevard and Hasler Shores Drive in Bastrop. At full capacity the site will serve over 17,500 individuals, providing nearly 70,000 health care visits per year.
“Lone Star Circle of Care and Ascension Seton are focused on providing primary care closer to home, as well as access to comprehensive care available, if needed, at Ascension Seton medical centers,” said Jesús Garza, Ascension Seton president and CEO. “Our shared mission to improve the health of those living within communities we serve, especially among the poor and vulnerable, means better health care options will be available to our neighbors in Bastrop, Smithville and surrounding communities.”
LSCC selected the design/build team of O’Connell Robertson and American Constructors, Inc., for the new health center after a competitive application process. The two firms have partnered on other projects in the past, and both have extensive experience developing health care facilities in Central Texas. The Capital Development-Building Capacity Program allows for a three-year project period to support the construction of a new facility. Construction on the multi-service clinic in Bastrop is projected to take about a year, with the health center opening in summer 2014.
Founded in in 2002 in Georgetown, Texas, LSCC is a federally qualified health center committed to the pursuit of community-wide access to a behaviorally enhanced, patient-centered health care home that provides accountable care for all patients, focusing on the underserved. LSCC operates more than 25 clinics throughout Central Texas, providing adults, seniors and children with primary care, women’s health and OB/GYN, psychiatry and behavioral health, general dentistry, optometry and pharmacy services.