San Antonio looks to ease increased demand for healthcare

San Antonio looks to ease increased demand for healthcare

2022-07-22T06:57:10-04:00June 28th, 2022|Healthcare & Life Sciences, San Antonio|

Writer: Jerrica DuBois

2 min read June 2022 — As more residents continue to flock to the Lone Star State, there is a pressing need for more of everything. More houses, more schools, more roads … everything. As the reality sets in for Alamo City, the healthcare industry is responding accordingly. Here are a few of the new projects and expansions popping up around the region.

In Schertz, a new medical office building and ambulatory surgery center is being planned by a partnership of physicians. Demand for care is increasing in the area and the project is estimated to cover 52,000 square feet on a site near I-35 and Schertz Parkway.

The surgery center will be a joint venture between the physician investors and United Surgical Partners International, which operates one of the largest ambulatory platforms in the country. USPI is also a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of San Antonio-based Baptist Health System. The medical office building and ambulatory surgery center are slated to be constructed near multiple Baptist facilities, including Baptist Neighborhood Hospital, M&S Imaging Center and Healthlink Rehabilitation Center.

“We are excited to bring this type of surgical expertise to the Schertz community,” Jill Finke, USPI’s regional vice president of operations in Schertz, said in a statement. “In our more than 440 locations across the country, we strive to deliver high-quality, lower-cost solutions in collaboration with like-minded institutions and physicians.”

As attention continues to be drawn to not just physical but mental health as well, construction is in progress on a new 300-bed hospital to replace the current psychiatric facility at San Antonio State Hospital. The design of the new facility provides a patient-first model, with private rooms for all patients and includes more open areas and natural lighting.  

The construction is part of the $745 million Texas has invested to revitalize and transform state psychiatric hospitals in Austin, Kerrville, Rusk and San Antonio, as well as a new hospital in Houston. San Antonio State Hospital was approved for $205 million by the Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott to replace the outdated buildings. The total estimated cost is $357 million. Pending the approval of the additional funds needed, the renovated facilities are expected to open in January 2024.

Growth and progress also involves investing in what is already in the community. Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. plans to invest $129.9 million in 2022, a more than 14% increase over its 2021 spending. Some of that funding from the San Antonio-based nonprofit will support efforts to expand access to care for the uninsured not only in Bexar County but across a 74-county area.  

The funding will allow challenges, such as systemic inequities and socio-economic barriers that impact health, to be addressed. It will also support strategic operations, advocacy work and direct patient-care services, which include two San Antonio primary care clinics MHM operates — the Wesley Health & Wellness Center and Dixon Health & Wellness Center — as well as two school-based health centers.

“With the support of an incredible team, an engaged board of directors and our commitment to advancing health equity, we believe this investment will help support resilient families and build thriving communities across our service area,” said Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries.