Jan. 16 marked the first day of operation for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Alamo Heights, a 36-bed short-stay (2-4 days) surgical hospital in south-central Texas. A blessing and open house was held Jan. 13, and the hospital is now accepting patients.
"As the only Catholic, faith-based nonprofit health system in San Antonio, we're proud to offer new services in this area, which is steeped in rich tradition," said Patrick Carrier, President and CEO, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System.. "This hospital has a special partnership with its physicians. Their input was instrumental in the planning of this facility and our doctors are, and will continue to be, an integral part of the decision-making process here."
Before construction began, two outpatient surgery buildings were located on the Alamo Heights campus. With a 7,000-square-foot addition, Building I is now the inpatient short-stay surgical hospital, while Building II houses outpatient services, including surgery and imaging. The construction project, which broke ground in December 2010, cost approximately $25 million.
Carrier said the decision to build this hospital was based on need in this area and access for nearby residents. "While trends to build new hospitals in areas of suburban growth are valid, convenience for patients and physicians in established neighborhoods holds value as well," he said. "By complimenting inpatient facilities with outpatient services at one location, we create convenience for patients and physicians alike to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ."
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston and San Antonio. For additional information, visit www.christussantarosa.org.