The Bastrop County Health Department was established in 2023 with expectations to address health care deficiencies in the area. Read the following stories to learn more about the state of health care in Bastrop County.

Local health professionals discuss birthing care in Bastrop

Maternal child health needs are one of the priorities of the new Bastrop County Health Department. Over the next year, a public health task force will investigate how to address the county’s need for birthing care.

Dr. Linda Willson, Smithville Hospital Authority board president, said there is a growing need for physicians and clinics for pregnant women as the population of Bastrop County rises. Despite the presence of institutions such as The Bastrop Birthing Center, The Lone Star Circle of Care and The Bastrop Community Health Clinic, babies are primarily delivered in Austin, Wilson said.

Bastrop County health specialists discuss women’s health care

With the closure of St. Marks Medical Center in La Grange on Oct. 12, health care specialists in Bastrop County are voicing concerns over a lack of women's health resources in the area as more demand for services is expected on regional hospitals.

Donna Nichols is the interim executive director for the newly formed Bastrop County Health Department. She said a considerable amount of maternal and child health services are missing family planning.

Bastrop County establishes public health department to address growing needs

A resolution establishing the Bastrop County Health Department was signed Aug. 28. The resolution followed a yearlong study with Texas A&M University to assess the county’s health needs.

The creation of the health department allows the county to access state and federal funds. The department will continue to analyze the specific health challenges facing Bastrop County as it develops over the next year.