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The Doctors Hospital at Renaissance complex has been built at the southern end of Edinburg, Texas.

McALLEN, RGV – The president of McAllen Chamber of Commerce says Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is a great example for budding entrepreneurs and risk takers to learn from.

Speaking at the Chamber’s 84th Legislative Session Wrap Up Luncheon, which was held at the Double Tree Hotel in McAllen, Steve Ahlenius said he wanted to take a couple of minutes out of the program to say a few words about Dr. Carlos Cardenas, one of the co-founders of DHR. Cardenas was in the audience.

“I want to take a moment of personal privilege and recognize Carlos for just a second. At the Chamber we work with startups, probably between two dozen and three dozen startups every year. If you work with a startup basically what they are wanting to do is to take an idea from their mind and bring it to the marketplace,” Ahlenius said.

“What we try to do is point to other people in our community that have been successful and Carlos is one of those examples that we hold up for startups as somebody who took an idea and brought it to the marketplace. If you look at the growth and success that Renaissance has had over the last 15 years, it has been phenomenal, Carlos. I remember when you first started you said, I have this idea; I have this vision.”

Ahlenius said that for every startup there are twists and turns, ups and downs, and roadblocks along the way. “I can promise you Renaissance has experienced all of them. But, it is a great example of the success story we need to keep telling and making it a part of the fabric of our community because when they see a local guy like Carlos, who was educated here, grew up here, went off to school and came back, and what he has done, that inspires other folks to take the risk and go out and try new things. And so, we are fortunate.”

Ahlenius concluded his shout out by saying: “Thank you, Carlos, for all that you do. We probably don’t applaud your risk taking as much as we should but it is a great example of what entrepreneurs ask, which is, why does it have to be this way? I call it the Big Why question. And, what If? And I think Carlos represents that in terms of what they have created at Renaissance. Thank you, Carlos, very much for that.”

The idea for DHR began in the mid-1990s when eight physicians, one being Cardenas, started planning a physician-owned hospital. It opened its doors in 1997 as an ambulatory surgical center. Today, it has grown to a 530-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of medical services, with over 60 specialties and sub specialties.

DHR has been ranked among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters and as one of the 100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care. In addition, DHR is currently ranked #1 in Hidalgo County and #25 in the State of Texas by U.S. News and World Report.

“Our vision from the start has been to provide state-of-the-art care of the highest quality for patients at all stages of life and their families,” Cardenas says, on the DHR website. In addition to being chairman of the hospital’s board, Cardenas is a practicing gastroenterologist and a founder of South Texas Gastroenterology in Edinburg.

What sets Doctors Hospital at Renaissance apart, Cardenas says on the DHR website, is that it is owned and managed by actively practicing physicians. As a result, decisions critical to patient care — for example, what types of equipment to purchase or what the nursing staff-to-patient ratio should be — are made by physicians who are on the front lines treating patients, he states. “This allows us to move quickly to bring necessary technologies and high quality health care into our area.”

Cardenas believes DHR offers some of the some of the most comprehensive medical care on the U.S. southern border. From the moment you walk in the front door, he says, it is apparent that DHR is not just another hospital. “You can see it in the design of our facility. You can feel it in the warm, friendly greeting of the employee who welcomes you to the hospital and accompanies you to your destination. And you can sense it in the intangibles: the culture of quality and caring, the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff, the refusal to settle for second best,” Cardenas says on the DHR website. “At Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, we allow physicians to be physicians and nurses to be nurses.” And that is good news for patients.”

To read the history of DHR on the hospital’s website, click here.