EDINBURG, Texas – U.S News & World Report has named South Texas Health System as a Best Regional Hospital in Texas for 2022-23.

STHS ranked No. 25 on the list of Best Regional Hospitals in Texas. It is the only hospital or healthcare system in the Rio Grande Valley to make the list.

U.S News & World Report compiles its lists to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions and common elective procedures.

As the only ranked hospital in the Valley, STHS was also recognized as “high performing” for kidney failure, heart attack, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, stroke, and pneumonia.

“Providing quality, compassionate care to all patients across South Texas Health System’s 11 facilities has always been our top priority. It inspires the work we do as we strive to be among the nation’s leaders in healthcare,” said Chuck Stark (pictured above), STHS’s regional vice president. 

“I am proud of the care and compassion our medical, clinical and support staff delivers to the community, and this recognition is a result of their commitment to upholding the highest standards of quality and safety for our patients and the communities we serve.”

South Texas Health System is a multi-facility healthcare system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four acute care facility campuses with specialties in orthopedics, the neurosciences including stroke care, pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. 

Inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral facility. STHS is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. 

The system operates an advanced Level II Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only freestanding children’s facility and pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, the region’s only freestanding heart hospital and specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen, and Alamo.

To be considered among this year’s Best Regional Hospitals, a hospital or healthcare system commonly had to outperform in at least seven of the procedures and conditions U.S. News & World Report evaluates, including risk- adjusted survival, patient experience, level of nursing care and how successfully each hospital gets patients back home. 

The magazine evaluated each of the hospital’s performance using a variety of measures from data provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association, professional organizations, and medical specialists.

During the evaluation process, U.S. News & World Report collected and assessed data from South Texas Health System’s acute-care facilities: STHS McAllen, STHS Edinburg, STHS Heart and STHS Children’s, as well as its behavioral hospital: STHS Behavioral.

New tower

In other STHS news, STHS Edinburg will host a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new patient tower on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The $100 million-plus, five-story tower is situated on the corner of Trenton and Sugar Road in Edinburg. It is almost complete and is slated to accept patients on Monday, August 8.

Lance Ames, CEO of South Texas Health System Edinburg & STHS Children’s, said the first two floors of the tower will provide trauma and critical care in the hospital’s upgraded emergency department as well as an enhanced intensive care unit and an expanded comprehensive imaging center.

In total, the new tower will add 59 new adult beds, bringing the hospital’s overall bed count to 202, with shell space for an additional 55 beds.

“It’s our 25th anniversary of serving the community at this location, and we’re excited to be towering forward to expand our services to the growing community of Edinburg with the addition of this new patient tower, which is more than doubling the size of our adult acute-care facility,” Ames said.

“South Texas Health System is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care to the people of the Rio Grande Valley, and this new tower on the STHS Edinburg campus is a symbol of our commitment to the community.”

Taking place in the main parking lot, the ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature the participation of STHS Edinburg leaders, medical staff and local and state elected officials including City of Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza, Jr., and state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa.

Along with taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees will also have the opportunity to take a grand tour the tower.

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