What a Drink of Rain & Our Groundbreaking Have in Common

Elwood Bernard Boone, III, FACHE, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Chief Executive Officer

It’s fitting that the day after San Antonio finally gets a drink of rain, I write about our groundbreaking event—representing growth for our medical community and downtown San Antonio. Metropolitan Methodist Hospital is gaining ground figuratively, and literally. At a groundbreaking event Tuesday morning, we announced our purchase of the land at McCullough and Euclid, just off Interstate 35. We will build a multi-million dollar three-story 35,500 square foot  medical office building that should be completed in Spring 2012. Broadway Bank will occupy 5,000 square feet on the first floor and the balance of the building will be dedicated for physician offices.

This project is truly a win-win for our community. We’re creating jobs and stimulating new growth in downtown San Antonio.  The new medical office building won’t be the first on the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital campus where there are two existing medical office buildings that are both near capacity.  This real estate investment follows a significant hospital expansion in 2005 that included the Metropolitan Emergency Department where our dedicated staff treats 40,000 patients annually and the Women’s Pavilion where our loyal healthcare professionals welcomes 4,000 babies a year, more than any other downtown or south side hospital.

At Metropolitan Methodist Hospital we have 330 beds and offer a complete range of medical services. In fact, we have been the fastest growing hospital downtown and on the south side of San Antonio for the past several years. Growth is all around us, and it’s a blessing. But it’s not without the hard work and dedication of many people.

A Cherished Memory from Metropolitan Methodist Healthcare's June 21, 2011 Groundbreaking Event

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, built in 1973, is owned by the Methodist Healthcare System that owns eight other hospitals: Methodist Hospital, Methodist Children’s Hospital, Methodist Heart Hospital, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Northeast Methodist Hospital, Methodist Texsan Hospital, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital. The system also operates a free-standing emergency center in Boerne and more than 20 other health facilities and manages Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, and Medina Healthcare System in Hondo, Texas. Methodist Healthcare strives to provide quality health care services to the patients in which we serve.  Thank you for entrusting us with that awesome responsibility.  It is a responsibility that we take very seriously and in keeping with our mission of “Serving Humanity to Honor God”.

Methodist Healthcare System was created in 1995, born of a 50-50 co-ownership between the local Methodist Healthcare Ministries, a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing medical and health-related human services to medically underserved patients, and the Nashville-based HCA.

This is an exciting time for Methodist Healthcare.  We appreciate our friends from the Methodist Healthcare Ministries—our local owner and an invaluable asset to this community—without their support, this growth and much of what we do wouldn’t be possible. Thank you, and thanks to Broadway Bank and to this community for the support. Soon,  busy physicians and other health professionals will be providing top-notch health care in this new building. And when I look back at the photos I will forever have the memory of the cheers as we shoveled dirt.

Here are some links to local media coverage our event received this week:

San Antonio Business Journal:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2011/06/21/broadway-bank-expects-to-benefit-from.html

San Antonio Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Methodist-expanding-medical-campus-1432438.php

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