October 28, 2021
System prepares for new 54-bed acute care, community hospital and medical office building to address growing healthcare needs
San Antonio, TX ― In 2006, Methodist Healthcare purchased 74 acres of land located at 1604 and Highway 151, anticipating the record growth concentrated on the west side of San Antonio.
“With more than 423,000 citizens in this patient service area, the population requiring care is larger than the city of Corpus Christi,” said Allen Harrison, President and CEO of Methodist Healthcare. “And this area will only continue to grow with an estimated 9.3% increase in residents in the next five years alone. That’s 40,000 additional lives to service by 2026.”
Today, joined by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the system broke ground in preparation of a new medical campus featuring Methodist Hospital | Westover Hills, a four-story, 180,000 square foot 54-bed acute care community hospital offering emergency, surgical, cardiology, gastroenterology and maternal care, as well as a NICU.
The campus will also have a four-story, 125,000 square foot medical office building owned by physicians and other investors. Specialties offered will include internal medicine, family practice, orthopedic, urology, pulmonology, oncology, radiology, and cardiology services, as well as maternal fetal medicine. South Texas Radiology Imaging Center (STRIC) will also be housed in this space.
Over a third of the campus will intentionally remain undeveloped. The undeveloped areas include existing heritage oaks, other natural trees and current groundcover. Plans also include the addition of over 150 trees to the developed part of the property to serve as a habitat to some of the area’s natural wildlife.
The last new, full services hospital in the Methodist Healthcare family was built almost 13 years ago with the opening of Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak in 2008. “It is not often a health care provider has the opportunity to build a new hospital from the ground up,” said Harrison. “So it’s an honor to say that this $150 million investment will also bring 280 new jobs to West side communities, generating more than $24 million in payroll.”
Both structures are expected to be completed in 2023.