St. David's HealthCare plans to start construction of its Leander hospital in 2022, according to a Feb. 15 announcement. Leander's first hospital is scheduled to open in 2024.

The $142.5 million full-service, acute-care hospital will have a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient and outpatient surgery, critical care capabilities, robotic services, maternity services and newborn services, according to a release. The 34-bed hospital will also have room for growth.

The hospital is one part of St. David's plan to invest $953 million across Central Texas with three new hospitals and current facility expansions.

St. David's expects to create about 200 new full-time positions with the hospital opening, according to a St. David's release.

The hospital will be located between the existing emergency center and medical office building on San Gabriel Parkway between US 183 and 183A Toll.

St. David's first announced plans in 2016 to develop 52 acres in Leander for a hospital and emergency center. A free-standing emergency center opened in January 2018 as Phase 1. The second phase of construction, a 60,000-square-foot medical office building, was completed in early April 2020. The hospital is the third phase of the St. David's development. St. David's President and CEO David Huffstutler previously told Community Impact Newspaper that hospital construction timing "is dependent on the health care needs of the community."

When complete, the three-part St. David's HealthCare development in Leander will total $170 million in investments.