Almost exactly a year after the groundbreaking ceremony on an empty patch of land behind the Walmart, Elgin’s new medical center is complete and ready to serve the community.
The Ascension Seton Elgin Health Center, which officially broke ground on January 16, 2019, hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, January 27 to officially mark the opening of the new facility.
Currently, the Elgin Health Center offers primary care and includes nine examination rooms, a full-service laboratory and radiology equipment. The facility also houses a primary care provider and two nurse practitioners. Additionally, patients will have access to the resources of the Ascension organization, such as academic medical centers and children’s hospitals.
Last week’s ribbon cutting was preceded by a program by Ascension Seton representatives and Elgin officials. Speakers included Andy Davis, ministry market executive of Ascension Texas; Scott Fuller, rural market president of Ascension Seton; Dr. Brian Jameson, the doctor at the new health center; a blessing from Derek Covert, chief mission integration officer for Ascension Texas; and remarks from Elgin city manager Thomas Mattis and Mayor Chris Cannon. Afterwards, the health center was open for the public to take a look at the new facility.
The health center is part of Elgin’s tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ), a system that puts the revenue from taxes in the zone back into funding improvement projects in that zone. One such project was the extension of Lee Dildy Boulevard and Roy Rivers Road. The TIRZ was formed in 2012 to encourage future development in the area south of U.S. Highway 290. Under the agreement between the City of Elgin and Ascension Seton, the city would provide public infrastructure for the medical center.
“It wasn’t too long ago that the city mayor and Scott Fuller came together and tried to determine what was the next step for the partnership and how each can support one another,” Davis said. “With the support of the Elgin community as well as the support of the city, they were able to make it happen.”
As Elgin and its population grows, Ascension Seton has committed to expand their medical facility as part of a multiphase development beginning with the current health center.
“As the city and the support for the facility grows, we’re prepared to make sure that we grow services as well to meet the needs of the community,” Davis said. “We’re excited about the growth and excited about the partnership.”
Davis said it’s important that the community has easy access to quality health care and that Elginites have a healthcare team to walk alongside them.
“These access points are important to make sure people remain healthy, and when they are ill, that they have a resource to call upon,” he said.