Breaking Ground


South Texas Health System Edinburg Breaks Ground on New Patient Tower

The hospital hosted a socially distanced event with a virtual component to launch construction of its new five-story, $100 million patient tower

South Texas Health System Edinburg is towering forward with an expansion project that will enhance the hospital’s high quality healthcare offerings in the community while benefitting the lives and well-being of generations to come.

On Thursday, December 17, South Texas Health System Edinburg held an intimate, socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony on the hospital’s campus for a new five-story, $100 million patient tower. The expansion project will add 59 adult beds, increasing STHS Edinburg’s total adult bed count to 202, with an additional 55 adult beds shelled out for future growth needs.

The project also includes an enhanced Emergency Department, a replacement of the existing one at the facility, with 16 treatment bays, including two trauma rooms. Of the 59 new adult service beds being added through the expansion on day one, 16 will be dedicated to a new Intensive Care Unit and 28 will be part of an Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation program that includes a new rehab gym. The tower will also house an expanded Imaging Service department offering dedicated MRI, ultrasound and mammography spaces.

“There’s no doubt the Rio Grande Valley continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with Hidalgo County now ranking as the seventh largest county in Texas. This new patient tower at South Texas Health System Edinburg is an important reflection of the region’s development, and our commitment to the community,” says Lance Ames, who has served as the Chief Executive Office of South Texas Health System Edinburg and South Texas Health System Children’s for the last two years. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for additional bed space, which this tower will provide, along with enhanced healthcare services that benefit the entire community.”

“South Texas Health System is being nationally recognized for our clinical outcomes and world-class service, and more community members are choosing our hospitals for their family’s care. So it is only natural that we grow to meet those needs,” says Chuck Stark, Regional Vice President, South Texas Health System. “Edinburg is particularly important to us, which is why we chose this location for both the community’s only dedicated Pediatric ER as well as this new tower construction project.”

The event, which was broadcast live on Facebook Live to give the community an opportunity to participate, featured the participation of local dignitaries including Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina, State Representative Terry Canales, a keynote message from State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and recorded remarks from Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, Hidalgo County Commissioner Ellie Torres and more.

The new patient tower is slated to open by Fall 2022.

About South Texas Health System
South Texas Health System is a multi-hospital health care system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four hospital campuses with specialties in pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. Treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral Health campus location. South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced Level II Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, a specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen and Alamo. For more information on the system, please visit

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