San Antonio’s The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center has performed a cornerstone unveiling ceremony, although virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital.
The 144-bed, eight-storey Multispecialty Hospital will be a centre for research and treatment of cancer and similar critical diseases, which impact the citizens of South Texas.
UT Health San Antonio president William L Henrich said: “This hospital represents an exciting day for health care in our region and carries our aspirations for UT Health San Antonio to lead a bright future propelled by science, education and clinical excellence.
“We are forging a future in which no patient will ever have to leave San Antonio to receive world-innovative treatments. This project will significantly and forever change how we serve the sickest and most vulnerable populations in our area.”
Joining the cornerstone unveiling ceremony were leaders from University Health, which has been UT Health’s chief academic training site since over 50 years.
The patient-centred, state-of-the-art hospital will be built with state and private investments to the tune of $430m and will offer specialty care in cancer, urology, orthopaedics, and thoracic and bariatric surgery.
The University of Texas-owned facility will be a major site for novel immunologic and stem cell therapies for cancer.
Chancellor James B. Milliken said: “As a forward-thinking academic medical centre, UT Health San Antonio will be the first in the region to leverage its vital academic, research and patient care missions to meet the growing demand for inpatient care of the most complex diseases impacting this diverse community.”
UT Health Affairs executive vice-chancellor John M Zerwas said: “This new hospital will offer access to multispecialty services not available today. Robust clinical trials will provide novel treatments and care options to families in their greatest hour of need. Predicting, preventing, treating and curing disease precisely will be the focus of the world-class physicians and other care providers who will serve here.”
Board of Regents vice-chairman James C “Rad” Weaver said: “As a lifelong San Antonian, I firmly believe the people of our city deserve the very best health care that can be offered and that we should not have to seek this care outside of our city. I applaud UT Health San Antonio’s leaders for their visionary actions to build this best-in-class hospital in our own city.”
The UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital will be connected to the Mays Cancer Center by a pedestrian sky bridge.
Designated by the National Cancer Institute, the Mays Cancer Center is one of the elite cancer centres in the US and one of only four NCI-authorised Cancer Centers in Texas.
The San Antonio Medical Foundation gifted the 12.2-acre site, which is bordered by Ewing Halsell Drive, Floyd Curl Drive and Wurzbach Road.
With a total of 448,819 gross ft2, the hospital will have a 673-car parking garage and a surface parking lot that can accommodate 200 cars.
The architectural and engineering services have been contracted to EYP, while Vaughn Construction is the construction manager-at-risk.
Beginning this spring, construction is expected to be over in 2024.
The hospital will have a 673-car parking garage and a surface parking lot that can accommodate 200 cars. Credit: F Muhammad/Pixabay.