St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to undergo $58 million expansion

A rendering shows how St. David's South Austin Medical Center will look following its $58 million expansion.

A rendering shows how St. David's South Austin Medical Center will look following its $58 million expansion.

To accommodate its emergency department patient volume, the largest in Central Texas, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center will undergo a $58 million expansion starting in mid-2017, St. David’s HealthCare announced in March.


“With programmatic growth in areas including oncology and trauma at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center as well as the organic growth in the southern portion of the market, the hospital was in need of an expansion,” Todd Steward, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said in a written statement.


The 18- to 24-month construction project will increase the size of the emergency department by nearly 14,000 square feet and 16 beds. Two new floors in the South Tower will include a 34-bed medical-surgical unit and 26,000 square feet for future development. An expansion of the parking garage is also planned.


“As the region grows, it is important to have more physical space to serve our rapidly expanding patient population,” Steward said.


The project is in its construction design phase, which includes the development of construction documents, architectural plans and site plan submission to the city of Austin.


One hundred new full-time employees will be hired to support the increased services over the next five years. Completion of the project is expected in early-to-mid 2019.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.