South Texas Health System (STHS) officially signed an agreement with the City of Alamo and the Alamo Economic Development Corporation to build its sixth freestanding emergency room, known as STHS ER Alamo. Construction on the new emergency room is slated to start construction in early 2018. The freestanding emergency room will bring the total number of ERs at all STHS facilities to ten.

STHS ER Alamo will feature nine treatment spaces, including six examination rooms, three triage bays, an internal waiting area, advanced imaging services such as computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, X-ray, and digital radiography, and an on-site laboratory. The 10,000 square foot facility will be capable of treating general emergency cases on an outpatient basis, as well as trauma and observation care up to 24 hours. Patients requiring surgical intervention, a higher level of care, or an overnight hospital stay will be stabilized and transferred.

“We are pleased to meet the need of mid-Valley residents by offering high quality, efficient medical care,” said Douglas Matney, Vice President of Ambulatory Emergency Services. “The number of patients seeking care in the Weslaco and Mission locations is beyond what we originally projected, indicating to us that there is need for accessible care . Patients prefer South Texas Health System for our convenience, level of service, and speed of care.”

South Texas Health System leadership, alongside City of Alamo and Alamo Economic Development officials signed on the 4-acre property located on the north side of Interstate 2 (Expressway 83) between Tower Road and Border Road. “We are very excited about having emergency healthcare services in Alamo,” said Alamo Mayor Diana Martinez. “I want to sincerely thank (STHS) for investing in our city,” she said.

The mayor sited the 34 high paying positions expected with the creation of STHS ER Alamo.