Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital is celebrating 50 years of proud to service to its community.
“This hospital has been a vital and integral part of the Luling and Caldwell County community,” said Christopher Hartle, MHA, president of Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital. “I could not be prouder of the hard work our team demonstrates here every single day. We take great pride in continuing this long legacy of service and personal health care for many more years to come.”
Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.
The hospital was recently named one of the top in the nation for patient satisfaction. Designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Pathways to Excellence hospital, Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis is committed to providing quality inpatient and outpatient services for Caldwell and surrounding counties’ residents.
“The amazing folks at Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital make caring for those they serve look easy,” said Jonathan Ford, chief mission integration officer of Ascension’s Texas ministry. “Their skill and dedication is a testament to the love they feel for community they serve, and that translates into top-notch care.”
The story of Edgar B. Davis
Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital is a living testament to a remarkable man whose generous heart and humanitarian outlook changed the face of the town where he lived and whose legacy of giving continues.
According to Ascension Seton’s mission integration coordinator Carl McQueary, Edgar Byram Davis was a man with a seemingly golden touch. Although he had dreamed of playing football at Harvard, his brother persuaded him to forego college and join him in the shoe business. Davis agreed, and in a very short time had made his first million.
Later, while on an ocean voyage, he met an old friend, who persuaded Davis to invest in the developing rubber industry. Within three years, he was again a multimillionaire from his interest in the United States Rubber Company.
A few years later, Davis responded to pleas from friends and acquaintances to invest in the growing oil industry in Texas. Although he initially dismissed their offers as ridiculous, he and his brother eventually invested in oil leases in Caldwell County. On Aug. 9, 1922, after six dry holes, the seventh well struck one of the richest oil reserves discovered at that time. Two years later the field was producing 43,000 barrels a day.
Edgar sold his leases for $12 million, with $6 million in cash, to the Magnolia Petroleum Company and donated a great deal of this windfall to his loyal employees. He endowed the city of Luling with numerous civic amenities. In addition to his original success, he discovered even more oil fields, and gave most of the money from these wells away including a $1,000,000 gift establishing the Luling Foundation, which still thrives today.
How the hospital came to be
When he died in 1951, Davis was buried on the property of one of his former homes in Luling. In 1966, a Hilburton Grant funded the construction of the Edgar B. Davis Memorial Hospital built on this site, honoring the man who had done so much for the city. Davis’ well-tended grave still occupies a very prominent spot on the SEBD campus and it has recently been beautifully landscaped.
On Feb. 1, 1999, Edgar B. Davis Memorial Hospital was leased by Ascension Seton and became Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital. Today, the hospital offers 24-hour emergency, plus comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, health education and wellness programs. The hospital also offers the Children’s Care-a-Van, a specially-equipped recreational vehicle which makes weekly visits to area schools and day care centers, the Care-a-Van is a service of Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis in cooperation with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis is the only provider in Caldwell County offering mammograms. It offers one of South-Central Texas’ largest Specialty Clinic services program. Independent physicians representing 14 different medical specialties hold weekly and monthly clinics in Luling on hospital grounds.
To celebrate its 50th birthday, Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis is hosting a health fair on Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the hospital’s front lawn. There will be healthy snacks, free health screenings including diabetes and blood pressure checks, car seat inspections, free flu shots for the first 100 adults and more. Local primary care physicians and health care providers will also be on hand to meet the community. And, there will be birthday cake!