The hospital opened in 1965, replacing the World War II—era hospital that preceded it. As Fort Hood grew, so did the hospital. A massive addition and reconstruction project was completed in 1984, that included more operating rooms, a larger outpatient clinic, more delivery rooms and an upgrade of the entire hospital interior.
Today, the facility has five primary care clinics, four troop medical clinics and 22 specialty clinics. Additionally, it hosts a Family Practice Residency Program, an Emergency Medicine Residency Program and a Phase II Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program.
The installation is located 50 miles southwest of Waco and 60 miles northeast of Austin. But it sits right outside of towns that include Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Temple.
AREA HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Lake Belton Outdoor Recreation Area, in Temple, is noted for its water slide, cabins, fishing tournaments and other water sports.
- Stillhouse Hollow Lake, located in Harker Heights, is noted to have the cleanest waters in Texas for outdoor water sport activities.
- Located in Austin, visitors can see the world's largest urban population of Mexican free-tailed bats that are housed at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
- The Austin's City Limits television program is filmed in the area.
- Also found in Austin are several well-known swimming locations. These include Deep Eddy Pool, Texas' oldest man-made swimming pool, and Barton Springs Pool, the nation's largest natural swimming pool in an urban area.
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