Methodist Hospital Announces $200M Expansion

The Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 in the South Texas Medical Center with 175 beds and 272 employees. These days, the hospital has 882 beds and a staff of 3,538 members; recently they’ve announced a significant expansion of $200 million that will start in early 2014 and be completed in 2017.

The Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 in the South Texas Medical Center with 175 beds and 272 employees. These days, the hospital has 882 beds and a staff of 3,538 members; recently they’ve announced a significant expansion of $200 million that will start in early 2014 and be completed by 2017.

The project consists of the expansion of the footprint by 445,000 square feet, and includes renovations and development for both the Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital.

“With a 50-year track record of as the most preferred hospital in the region, it’s important to continue to meet the needs of our community, our employees, and our physicians,” said Gay Nord, CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital, in a press release. “Our landmark expansion includes upgrades to substantial areas and services across Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital to include the addition of two new patient towers, expansion of women’s services and neonatal ICU, and expansion of emergency services as well as surgical services.”

The Methodist Hospital Central Tower will be expanded with a new entrance and the adult emergency department will grow to 48 treatment rooms. The sub-level surgical pre-operating and post-operating areas will also be enhanced and an additional nine story parking garage, partially underground, will improve patient access from the parking area directly to the surgical suites.

The Methodist Children’s Hospital, opened in 1998 as the only facility of its kind in the region, will grow from 32 beds 40 in the Emergency Department and a six story patient care tower will be added. A new entrance for the Children’s Hospital is also part of the plan. The Methodist Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will result in 94 beds.

For the comfort of the patients and their families, more than 90 percent of the patient rooms will be private rooms.

“We’ve built a reputation for providing exceptional health care to the people of San Antonio and South Texas,” Nord added. “Now it’s time for us to embark on the largest construction project our organization has ever undertaken.”

Photo courtesy of Methodist Hospital