Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest Expands

New patient care unit poised to meet increased needs of the growing Waco- McLennan County population

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WACO, Texas – Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest announces the completion of a $10-million, 15,000-sq.-ft. expansion that adds to the inpatient care available to the Central Texas area. The 24-bed transitional care unit will increase the number of beds in the hospital from 236 to 260. It will open Monday, June 14.

“This latest investment helps ensure we will continue to be well prepared to serve this evolving community,” said Charles Williams, president of Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest.

The new unit is a progressive care unit (PCU) that will allow the medical center team to care for more patients who need intermediate care after surgery, an emergency department visit or time in the intensive care unit (ICU). For example, patients recovering from a cardiac catheterization procedure or major plastic reconstruction surgery may benefit from close monitoring in the PCU. Private rooms with specialized cardiac monitoring capabilities and high-tech features are designed to add a vital piece to the continuum of care in place at the medical center.

“In addition to providing an overall increase in capacity, this new unit will help improve the patient experience, elevating our hospital's ability to address the ever-changing care needs of our community,” said Brad Crye, vice president and chief operating officer, Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest is part of the more than 100-year legacy of service to the McLennan County community and surrounding areas. A Level II Trauma Center, the full-service hospital and medical center campus has multidisciplinary teams representing a wide range of specialties, including cardiology, oncology, women’s services, orthopedics and more. Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest has achieved the distinguished Magnet   status, the highest national recognition awarded to a hospital or medical center for excellence in nursing.

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About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: