The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Methodist Healthcare System have announced an affiliation agreement for a children’s hospital in the Medical Center.
The two organizations issued a joint statement late this afternoon indicating they have agreed on all major aspects of their relationship and are moving forward to obtain regulatory approval for their agreement.
The Methodist Hospital is about to undergo big changes to its property in the Medical Center. In the largest expansion in its history, the hospital will spend $200 million to construct new towers and renovate its existing building.
Palmira Arellano, vice-president of marketing and public relations at the Methodist Hospital, said the renovation and construction project will add two patients towers – one for adults and one for children.
"It’ll change the entire look and footprint of the hospital and it will expand the campus by about 445,000 square feet," Arellano said.
Local healthcare officials gathered at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Tuesday to announce a new program that will digitize the medical records of every patient in its hospital and every hospital in the San Antonio region.
The information is designed to be shared in real time with other hospitals and eventually, all of the patient’s doctors and the patients themselves.
The competition to bring a world class children’s hospital to San Antonio took another dramatic turn today as the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Health Care announced they had signed an Memorandum of Understanding.
The UTHSC and the Methodist Children’s hospital make a natural fit -- since they are already right across from each other on Medical Drive in the city’s Medical Center.
Dr. Bill Henrich, president of the Health Science Center, said the medical match up goes beyond to two institution’s proximity.