Lone Star Circle of Care Receives $5 Million Capital Development Grant
for Creation of Multi-service Clinic in Bastrop
(May 15, 2012) CENTRAL TEXAS –The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)—an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—has awarded Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) a one-time grant award of $5 million to construct a 25,000-square-foot, multi-service clinic facility in Bastrop, Texas. The new clinic facility will create access to quality, affordable primary care services for more than 17,500 medically underserved residents of Bastrop and the surrounding area.
LSCC is one of only a few federally qualified health centers in Texas to receive grant funding through the Capital Development-Building Capacity Program, which is a competitive grant opportunity authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. LSCC received $5 million, the maximum amount allowable under the program. There is currently no other federally qualified health center providing services in Bastrop County.
“Lone Star Circle of Care is thrilled to have the ability to bring comprehensive primary care services to the people of Bastrop, many of whom are medically underserved and have little access to care,” said Pete Perialas, CEO of LSCC. “With a shortage of primary care providers in Bastrop County and many residents who are uninsured or underinsured, this is an area that is in desperate need of our services, and where our model of care can make a dramatic impact on the health of the community.”
The Capital Development-Building Capacity Program allows for a three-year project period to support the construction of a new facility. The LSCC clinic will be built on land provided by the Seton Healthcare Family and located on Old Austin Highway between Schaffer Boulevard and Hasler Shores Drive in Bastrop.
“We are pleased to provide support to Lone Star Circle of Care, as both of our organizations recognize not only the extreme need that exists in the Bastrop area for affordable primary care services, but also the great opportunity that this presents to dramatically improve community health and reduce health disparities. We look forward to building upon our relationship with LSCC as we work together to serve Bastrop County residents,” said John Brindley, President and CEO, South Group, Seton Healthcare Family.
The clinic will provide pediatric and adult primary care, integrated behavioral health services, obstetrics and gynecology, and dentistry. The facility will have the capacity to provide a health care home for more than 17,500 individuals and will be able to provide nearly 70,000 visits each year.
Planning for the project is underway, and construction of the new multi-service clinic is expected to begin in early 2013.
About Lone Star Circle of Care
Founded in 2002 in Georgetown, Texas, Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) is a federally qualified community health center committed to the pursuit of community-wide access to a behaviorally enhanced, patient-centered health care home that provides accountable care for all patients, focusing on the underserved. LSCC operates 25 clinics throughout Central Texas, providing adults, seniors and children with primary care, women’s health and OB/GYN, psychiatry and behavioral health, general dentistry, optometry and pharmacy services. Lone Star Circle of Care is a registered 501(c)3 Texas nonprofit organization. For more information visit www.lscctx.org.
About the Seton Healthcare Family
The Seton Healthcare Family is the leading provider of comprehensive, advanced health care services in Central Texas. As part of its mission to improve the health of the communities it serves, with special concern for the poor and the vulnerable, Seton plays an increasingly important role in preparing the region’s next generation of clinicians. In Fiscal Year 2010, Seton provided $300 million in charity care.
Seton’s 38 clinical locations include five major medical centers, two community hospitals, three rural hospitals, an inpatient mental health hospital, three primary care clinics for the uninsured, and several strategically located health facilities that provide medical care for well patients. The system includes the only Level I Trauma Centers for adult and pediatric patients in the Austin area, the only heart transplant center in Central Texas, and the first two Designated Stroke Centers in Texas to receive a Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. Seton hospitals have earned four Magnet designations, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Seton is a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health network in the nation.