This month marks one year since Ascension Seton Bastrop opened its doors to the community. As we celebrate our first anniversary providing medical care for Bastrop County and its surrounding areas, we also reflect on the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in early 2020, which presented our healthcare facility—and the world—with an unprecedented challenge.
Shortly after opening our doors to the public, it was clear our hospital, healthcare system, government and every American citizen would need to work together to conquer this invisible threat. Ascension Seton Bastrop doctors, nurses, facility management teams and other support teams quickly made adjustments in a new facility to address challenges faced due to COVID-19.
Ascension Seton Bastrop administrators worked closely with Bastrop County’s Health Authority and Emergency Management teams, including leaders from other local healthcare systems and clinics, to implement a coordinated response to COVID-19 in Bastrop County. We consistently communicate with these community leaders to appropriately coordinate care for all patients in Bastrop County and beyond. Our dedicated caregivers are on the front lines providing exceptional and compassionate care to the community. We are so proud of their incredible and selfless work; they are the embodiment of our mission to serve.
While some services were halted earlier this year due to COVID-19, we are now offering our full scope of services, including 24-hour emergency care, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary care, radiology services and more. As of last month, we’ve served more than 4,500 patients in our emergency room. Our outpatient clinics continue to care for patients virtually, or in-person.
As the Bastrop community grows, we have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to continue providing high quality care and identifying new ways to connect with the communities we serve. We are in the process of expanding our laboratory capabilities and various clinical services, such as pulmonary and respiratory care. Additionally, two new surgical specialty teams began outpatient clinic services this summer.
While the last year had its challenges, I was personally inspired by the innovation, creativity, and teamwork I witnessed at Ascension Seton Bastrop. On behalf of all of our dedicated workers on the frontlines at Ascension Seton Bastrop, I want to thank the community for rallying behind doctors, nurses and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your acknowledgement and support throughout these unprecedented times, and look forward to serving Bastrop County for years to come.