Seton Smithville Regional Hospital


800 E Highway 71
Smithville , TX 78957
United States
Phone: (512) 237-3214
Dr. Bennie Fore

"The ED at Seton Smithville provides a great working environment. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and makes anyone working here feel like a member of the family. We provide services to a small, rural, and very underserved population, so the care we provide truly makes a difference in the community. Our doctors can choose to work either 12- or 24-hour shifts and have the option to make the easy commute from Austin or enjoy small-town living in one of the many rural communities closer to Smithville."

Bennie Fore, MD
ED Medical Director

Community hospital located southeast of Austin

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Emergency Department

  • Annual Visits: 7,000
  • ED Beds: 6
  • Patients/Hour: 0.8
  • Admission Rate: 7%
  • Trauma Designation: Level IV
  • Coverage: 12- and 24-hour shifts with 24 hours of physician coverage per day
  • Qualifications: BC/BP in Emergency Medicine, or Family Practice/Internal Medicine boards with Emergency Medicine experience
  • Documentation: ePowerDoc

Hospital Services

This level IV Trauma center serves the Central Texas communities of Smithville, Bastrop, Cedar Creek, and Schulenburg. Hospital services include Respiratory Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Inpatient Physical Therapy, Outpatient Surgical Services, and Inpatient Med Surg Services. STEMIs and traumas needing surgical evaluation or admission are easily transferred with one call to the Seton Transfer Center. Lab and Radiology services are available 24/7. CT scanning is available 24/7, and MRI is available in house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Smithville Regional Hospital is part of the Seton Healthcare Network.



  1. Live in Austin! There's no better nor more popular destination than the Live Music Capital of the World, plus scenic lakes, a booming economy, and friendly Texas hospitality.
  2. Be Appreciated: Patients at Seton Smithville Regional Hospital are very grateful for their medical care and give positive feedback to physicians.
  3. Embrace the Community: Smithville is small enough that you'll see people often and be a trusted member of the community.
  4. Medical Support: Admissions, consults, and transfers are all easy.
  5. Network Support: Transfers are simple to nearby medical centers within the respected, Austin-based Seton Healthcare Family.
  6. Experienced Nursing Staff: ED nurses have longevity and are very experienced.
  7. Meaningful Patient Interaction: Lower patient volume allows for better communication with patients and their families.
  8. Single Coverage: Allows young physicians to learn to trust themselves, and gives older physicians the opportunity to use their experience to treat a wide range of patients.
  9. Keep in Touch: Able to monitor all county EMS/fire/police radio traffic from the ED and get advanced warning about patients headed to the ED.
  10. Exceptional Mental Health Support: Easier than in the city, thanks to county support and mental health advocate--patients can be transferred to an appropriate facility in less than 24 hours.


About Smithville, TX

The picturesque small town of Smithville proclaims itself to be the “Heart of the Megalopolis,” being conveniently situated between Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Bryan/College Station. (Austin is just 40 miles to the northwest). Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is just a short drive away, as are the new Formula One race track and gorgeous Buescher and Bastrop State Parks. Smithville itself has much to offer, including a charming historic district, the annual Festival of Light celebration, and an annual five-day Jamboree. In addition, Smithville has attracted its share of Hollywood limelight, having served as the backdrop for a number of movies including the 1998 Sandra Bullock film “Hope Floats.” It was the first city in Texas to receive the Film Friendly City designation from the Texas Film Commission.

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About Austin, TX

Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” with concerts nearly every night of the week. Nature trails, lakes, parks, and wilderness preserves create an oasis in the heart of the city. Lady Bird Lake bisects the center of downtown and is bordered by 10 miles of hike-and-bike trails. Austin is hip, trendy, and very high tech.

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