Christus-Santa Rosa to end treating adult patients downtown

Nearby hospitals prepare for additional caseloads

SAN ANTONIO - Led by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, the presidents and CEOs of three major healthcare systems announced their downtown hospitals are prepared to absorb adult patients who, as of July 31, will no longer will be treated at Christus-Santa Rosa’s original site.

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Construction is set to begin as the downtown landmark becomes the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

“There will be no diminishing of services in the care of adults,” Wolff said. “Particularly those that require acute care.”

Wolff said that should be reassuring for area residents and newcomers wanting to live downtown.

The county judge said on average, 130 adults patients daily came to the Christus Santa Rosa emergency room, and 6,200 adults were transported there last year by EMS.

Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare, said he expects Metropolitan Methodist will take in about half of those.

“We are so fortunate that we spent $25 million about five or six years ago, expanding the emergency department,” he said.

Had they not planned ahead, long before any plans by Christus Santa Rosa, Wesolowski said, “It could be a problem if we had not expanded.”

Wesolowski said the hospital will more than double its ICU beds from 26 to 58, with the construction of a tower on site.

He also said they’ve hired at least 50 nurses and are reviewing policies to increase efficiency.

Graham Reeve, president and CEO of Baptist Health Systems, said they’ve also been increasing staff and capacity in their emergency rooms, ICU and surgical units.

“We anticipate we’ll be able to take care of the increase of volume we’re seeing at our hospital,” Reeve said.

George Hernandez, president and CEO of University Health System, said the Robert B. Green clinic, a longtime fixture on the near Westside in 900 block of West Martin, will be dwarfed by a new facility due to open in January.

Hernandez said the multi-level clinic will “expand primary care, preventive care, specialty care” under one roof. He also said it will house a 22,000 square foot Express Med clinic  with 18 rooms for non-emergency cases.

Dr. Craig Manifold also was on hand representing the EMS medical directors committee of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council.

Manifold said typically EMS would transport 20 patients daily, of those only two or three were considered priority one cases.

“We certainly feel that we have the capacity in the downtown area,” Manifold said.

But he also said, “We’ll maintain constant vigilance on the situation.”

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