The Bexar County Commission has given the green light to the construction of a twelve story, half billion dollar Women's and Children's Hosptial adjacent to University Hosptial in the Medical Center, in what is described as the county's biggest construction project of the decade, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Construction will begin this fall and the 268 bed hospital is set to be open to the littlest patients by 2022.
County Judge Nelson Wolff says the Women's and Children's Hosptial, which has been in the works for ten years, will attack the problems which face mothers and babies in Texas, including an unacceptably high rate of maternal mortaltiy, low birth weight, and the transmission of diseases from mother to baby.
"We know all the problems that we face here in Bexar County where we have children born with neo-natal problems, and pregnancies that might not be handled in the proper way," he said.
Wolff says placing the new hosptial next to the recently expanded University Hospital will enable University's medical staff, which has gained the reputation as being among the best in the state, to also participate in the treatment provided at Women's and Children's.
The new hosptial will include San Antonio's only Level IV matgernity center, as well as a Level IV netnatal intensive care unit, as well as advanced treatments and diagnostic tools.
Bexar County is opening the construction of the hosptial to local small, minority, woman, and veteran owned companies, with a session set for Saturday to encourage local companies to participate in the largest contruction project in Bexar County since the Frost Tower.
"Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for local businsses, especially small, woman, minority, and veteran owned enterprises to learn about these opportunities and participate in the work," University Hosptial System CEO George Hernandez said.
The county instituted a similar call for proposals in the construction of the new Sky Tower and University Hosptial, and discovered it made a major difference in the bottom lines of local companies, which performed admirable work in constructing the new hospital.