Waco’s health care industry is alive and well with both major hospitals in an expansion phase and a growing work force in this important target industry.
Waco is home to two nonprofit acute-care hospitals, Providence Healthcare Network and Hillcrest Health System, which are two of the top five employers in Greater Waco.
HILLCREST HEALTH SYSTEM
3000 Herring Ave. (254) 202-2000
Hillcrest Health System, Waco’s only Level II trauma center, is constructing a new campus on 75 acres at the Legends Crossing development at Interstate 35 and Loop 340.
The new campus will include a community hospital, a women’s and children’s hospital and an office building. The total project investment is estimated at $184 million was completed in 2009.
The current hospital location will be used for the inpatient rehabilitation center and a long-term acute care hospital. The Fentress Cancer Center also will remain at the Herring Avenue campus.
Hillcrest Health System also has nine neighborhood clinics.
PROVIDENCE HEALTHCARE NETWORK
6901 Medical Parkway
Providence Healthcare Network has completed $48.5 million expansion that will increase its services throughout the hospital. A new five-story addition at the front of the hospital changes the face of Providence. The expansion project is expected to be completed this year.
Providence is undergoing a $6.5 million renovation and expansion project to include upates to the Women and Newborns Center. Serving the Waco community since 1905, The network includes Providence Park with independent and assisted living and nursing care; DePaul Center, a hospital providing psychiatric and substance-abuse care; and Providence Home Care and Providence Medical Equipment. Providence also operates six clinics throughout Waco.
SCOTT & WHITE CLINIC
7700 Fish Pond Road
Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple operates a main clinic in Temple and 14 regional clinics throughout Central Texas with one in Waco. Scott & White is the largest multispecialty practice in Texas.
FAMILY HEALTH CENTER
1600 Providence Drive
The Family Health Center has eight locations throughout McLennan County to provide high-quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for underserved residents.
The center also trains family practice physicians through the Family Practice Residency Program, which is recognized nationally for the quality of its faculty. More than half of the practicing family medicine physicians in McLennan County are graduates of the program.
VA MEDICAL CENTER
4800 Memorial Drive
The center, in operation since 1932, is a major referral facility for acute, intermediate and long-term psychiatric care for veterans. The facility is part of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, which also includes a hospital in Temple and outpatient clinics in Austin and five other communities.