Robins & Morton breaks ground on South Texas Health System Edinburg patient tower addition

Construction firm Robins & Morton and South Texas Health System Edinburg broke ground on a new, five-story patient tower addition in Edinburg, Texas, on Dec. 17.

The 150,000-square-foot facility will house an emergency department, imaging, a cardiac lab, a clinical lab, an intensive care unit (ICU), inpatient rehabilitation, and a medical/surgical unit.

Once complete in mid-2022, the updated emergency department will contain 15 exam rooms, two trauma rooms and four triage rooms. The remainder of the patient tower addition, scheduled for completion in early Fall 2022, will consist of 16 suites, 28 inpatient rehabilitation suites, 15 medical/surgical suites and shell space for future expansion.

“It’s a privilege to provide this expansion for the Edinburg community,” Robins & Morton Project Director Ashley Dyer said. “We appreciate both Universal Health Systems, and South Texas Health System’s trust in us to deliver it.”

The project also includes a 20,000-square-foot renovation within the existing facility, including updates to the catheterization lab, the pharmacy and other laboratory spaces.

“There’s no doubt the Rio Grande Valley continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with Hidalgo County now ranking as the seventh largest county in Texas. This new patient tower at South Texas Health System Edinburg is an important reflection of the region’s development, and our commitment to the community,” says Lance Ames, who has served as the Chief Executive Office of South Texas Health System Edinburg and South Texas Health System Children’s for the last two years. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for additional bed space, which this tower will provide, along with enhanced healthcare services that benefit the entire community.”

“South Texas Health System is being nationally recognized for our clinical outcomes and world-class service, and more community members are choosing our hospitals for their family’s care. So it is only natural that we grow to meet those needs,” says Chuck Stark, Regional Vice President, South Texas Health System. “Edinburg is particularly important to us, which is why we chose this location for both the community’s only dedicated Pediatric ER as well as this new tower construction project.”

The renovation work will complete in early 2023. Robins & Morton will serve as the general contractor and the architect is Gresham Smith.