What Are the Major Hospitals in San Antonio?

San Antonio, Texas, remains a bioscience and healthcare industry leader. Its new cutting-edge facilities will define high performance in healthcare for San Antonio families for many decades to come.

San Antonians are fortunate to live in a healthcare hub with numerous emergency and specialized care options, along with physicians and researchers who integrate new technologies and work on developing next-generation treatments. Find out everything you must know about San Antonio’s major hospitals.

Baptist Medical Center

Baptist Medical Center, a leading provider of orthopedic, cardiovascular, and endocrine care, strives to provide comprehensive, cutting-edge care to its patients. The hospital was established in 1903 and is among San Antonio’s oldest. Baptist Medical Center is ranked as Texas’ 22nd best hospital and San Antonio’s second best.

With over 3,600 patients per month, Baptist Medical Center has the highest traffic in emergency rooms in San Antonio. The hospital spent over $8.5 million in 2018 to renovate the first floor, including the emergency room.

For more than two decades, healthcare consumers have rated the hospital as the most preferred provider in the region. As the Baptist Health system’s central hub, Baptist Jacksonville provides the highest level of surgical and medical care using cutting-edge technologies such as the robotic-assisted da VinciTM Surgical System. Baptist Medical Center combines cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment abilities with highly personalized care for all patients.

University Hospital

the outside of the University Hospital in San Antonio, cars passing by

University Health has been present for more than 100 years to lead, heal, innovate, improve health, and advance the medical practice. Above all, University Health employees treat those who entrust their lives and health with the utmost respect, care, and compassion.

University Hospital was designated as a Level IV maternal center, the highest level of maternal-infant care. This indicator of high quality corresponds to its Level IV neonatal intensive care unit classification.

The hospital also has an adult Level I trauma center and South Texas’ only Level I pediatric burn and trauma center. This means that general surgeons are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that specialized trauma care, such as orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, critical and pediatric care, is available quickly.

Methodist Hospital

Methodist Hospital is a Methodist Healthcare facility located in San Antonio, Texas. The hospital, founded in 1963, is among the largest hospitals in the US in terms of available beds. Furthermore,  the only heart transplant program in San Antonio is available only at the hospital.

The hospital was established in 1955 and first in the South Texas Medical Center. Cardiology, emergency medicine, oncology, bone and marrow stem cell transplant, women’s health, neurosciences, and orthopedics are among the specialties offered at the hospital. The hospital also has a Comprehensive Stroke Center that is accredited.

The hospital is well-known for its neurosurgical and neurology services, and it has performed more neck and back surgeries than any other hospital in Texas. Methodist Children’s Hospital has several pediatric-focused programs and institutes, including a dedicated children’s imaging center, committed pediatric neonatal transport experts with a dedicated helicopter, a heart institute with a multi-disciplinary team of board-certified surgeons and cardiologists, and a unit dedicated to oncology, pediatric hematology, and bone and marrow transplant services that is FACT-accredited (Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy).

Methodist Children’s Hospital employs many art therapists, Child Life Specialists, and the state’s first technology specialist—committed pediatric experts who work to create a fun and safe environment for recovering or sick children by utilizing distraction methods such as playtime and art. Methodist Children’s Hospital is also the region’s first to employ full-time, qualified facility dogs.

Methodist Children’s Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission as a top performer on key quality measures, along with receiving an A in quality for three consecutive years from The Leapfrog Group. This consumer watchdog organization monitors hospital quality.

Brooke Army Medical Center

the old BAMC during winter Storm Uri

Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the Department of Defense’s (DOD) most productive and largest military healthcare organization, providing safe, quality care to veterans, military service members, their families, and civilian emergency patients as the most productive and robust healthcare organization within the Military Health System (MHS).

The center comprises ten distinct organizations, including community medical clinics, and is centered on the Army’s largest inpatient hospital. Approximately 8,500 staff members provide outpatient and inpatient services, including active-duty military personnel from every uniformed service, contractors, federal civilian employees, and volunteers.

BAMC’s Level I Trauma Center provides for San Antonio and the surrounding area, caring for over 4,000 civilian and military trauma patients, with 80,000 emergency department visits per year. As the Military Health System’s sole Level I Trauma Center, it serves as the prime medical readiness training platform for the Air Force and the Army.

BAMC has played a critical role in caring for combat casualties injured in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. As military medics deploy worldwide, BAMC’s care continues to spread around the world.

The four-story center for the Intrepid (CFI), surrounded by four Fisher Houses and prominent on the hospital campus, is a preeminent extremity injury rehabilitation center. The CFI, which opened in 2007, aids in the recovery and rehabilitation of many of the most critically injured combat casualties. The CFI has made significant advances in amputee prosthetic care and functional restoration for those undergoing limb salvage.

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

an aerial of the South Texas Medical Center in northwest San Antonio

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, a freestanding world-class hospital grounded in broad, interconnected community-based partners and services system, has joined Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine to ensure that San Antonio and South Texas children have access to world-class pediatric care. Baylor employs, recruits, and manages physicians as part of this collaboration. Texas Children’s Hospital offers clinical and consulting services.

Baylor physicians at Children’s provide medical care in various subspecialties, including Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Endocrinology, and General Pediatrics.

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and located in downtown San Antonio, provides inpatient care to nearly 80,000 emergency room visits (including Westover Hills’ freestanding pediatric emergency center), 5,000 children, and 73,000 outpatient visits.