Find yourself on the losing end of a battle at the Alamo? Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio can fix even the most serious of war wounds. The system is home to nearly two dozen health care facilities (including eight acute care hospitals). Its biggest hospitals are Methodist Hospital (about 685 beds), which includes pediatric and cardiology specialty hospitals; Metropolitan Methodist Hospital (some 340 beds); and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital (380 beds). Other facilities include a children's hospital, several ambulatory surgical centers, and community clinics. Methodist Healthcare System is co-owned by for-profit hospital operator HCA and the not-for-profit Methodist Healthcare Ministries.
Methodist operates a vast network of community outreach programs including health fairs and screenings, educational programs, and support groups. Specific programs such as DoctorSource, a complimentary physician referral service; Call-A-Nurse for Children, staffed 24 hours a day by pediatric registered nurses to answer questions about child health; and the WomanPlus health and wellness program, all give locals access to a wide range of health care information without having to go to a hospital.
Methodist agreed in late 2010 to buy the 120-bed Texsan Heart Hospital from MedCath for about $76 million. It completed the purchase in early 2011, making Methodist a nine-hospital system. The now-named Methodist Texsan Hospital has four operating rooms, four cardiac catheterization labs, and an emergency department. Being owned by one of the largest health care providers in region has its perks, and Texsan is getting some new services including additional surgical specialties and possibly additional beds.