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University Health initiates construction for a new hospital on the South Side

Friday, January 19, 2024

Construction has officially started for the University Health Palo Alto Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility intended to serve the growing South Side community in Bexar County. Expected to open in 2027, the hospital will be located on a 68-acre campus adjacent to Texas A&M – San Antonio, featuring a five-story acute care center along with a connected medical office building. Initially accommodating 166 inpatient beds, the facility is designed for potential expansion to 286 beds to meet the needs of the burgeoning South Side population.

Offering a range of services, including a 24/7 Emergency Department, labor and delivery unit, NICU, inpatient units, operating rooms, radiology, and lab services, the Palo Alto Hospital's groundbreaking aligns with the commencement of construction in December for Vida, a separate multi-specialty health care center and the headquarters for the University Health Institute for Public Health. The Vida clinical building, situated on the same Palo Alto campus, is set to open in 2026.

As part of University Health's effort to bring inpatient services closer to local communities, another community hospital, University Health Retama, is scheduled to break ground in February. Positioned at the corner of Lookout Road and Retama Parkway along the I-35 corridor in Selma, this facility aims to enhance healthcare accessibility.

Visitors to the Palo Alto hospital and campus will benefit from a partnership established last year with the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. The university system is investing in a $45 million College of Education and Public Health on the same campus, facilitating expedited training of healthcare professionals, expanded medical research, and essential care provision to southern Bexar County residents.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Southwest ISD's mariachi group and drumline added a celebratory touch. Bexar County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores lauded the event as historic, while Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai acknowledged University Health's strategic planning and commitment to addressing the region's rapid growth through timely execution of expansion plans.





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