Baylor Scott & White Health To Build a New Hospital in Fast-Growing Hays County

Baylor Scott & White Health has set plans to build a new hospital in Buda, Texas, investing at least $35 million along the path of a plan to be open and operational by the end of 2019.

The city council in Buda, which is just 15 miles southeast of Austin, approved the agreement last week. The deal says Baylor Scott & White Health will build a full-service facility of at least 70,000 square feet.

A spokesperson for the health system declined to provide further details, but issued the following statement: “Baylor Scott & White Health is working with the City of Buda to build a full-service hospital, the health system’s first in Hays County. Details are being finalized and will be shared at a later date.”

According to Census data, Hays County registered a population of about 204,470 people as of July 2016, up more than five percent from the year earlier. The 5 percent growth made it the third-fastest growing county in the U.S.

Baylor Scott & White Health’s Buda facility will be it’s southernmost hospital, eking out that title from its Brenham-based operation.

The Buda Economic Development Corp. incentivized the deal with a $375,000 reimbursement for various infrastructure costs, including a turn lane, sidewalks, water and wastewater connections, and impact fees. A statement from the agency said it’s been working to seal the deal for close to two years.

“What started with an exploratory phone call and follow up meeting, has developed into the project announced (last week),” it reads. “The Buda Economic Development Corporation with the guidance of the Incentive Taskforce and City Council was able to successfully negotiate incentives for this project’s key infrastructure-related costs.”

The deal stipulates that Baylor Scott & White Health add 150 jobs by the end of 2022. It says the facility will include “a full service emergency department, medical office space, operating rooms, imaging, and such other facilities and services that are necessary and appropriate for similar medical facilities in the region.”