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Children's Hospital of San Antonio
333 North Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78207

tel: (210) 704-2011
fax: (210) 704-3632

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Children's Hospital of San Antonio
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The moment the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word arrived in San Antonio in 1869, health care for children was transformed. Brought here to pursue a ministry of health care by Claude Marie Dubuis, a Frenchman who was the Bishop of all Texas, three Sisters arrived in San Antonio to find a town plagued by a cholera epidemic and the remnants of the Civil War. By 1891, the Sisters congregation had grown to nearly 200 and had established the Santa Rosa Infirmary.

The Sisters continued to care for the children of San Antonio throughout the 20th century, building the first and only hospital for children, Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, in 1959. The hospital became part of the CHRISTUS family in 1999.

Today, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is undergoing yet another transformation, continuing the legacy of care started by the Sisters more than 144 years ago. When complete in 2014, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio will be the culmination of the vision of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the CHRISTUS Health System leadership.

While we transform our physical campus to its new look and functionality, we are still serving our children; more than 10,000 inpatients annually; 70,000 emergency department visits each year and more than 100,000 outpatient visits. Children’s Hospital of San Antonio employees number 1,000, of which 400 are nurses. We were licensed as the first freestanding children’s hospital in San Antonio by the Joint Commission on September 18, 2012.

In February 2013, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio finalized agreements with Texas’ top pediatric medical providers. Baylor College of Medicine will recruit, employ, and oversee physicians. Texas Children’s Hospital will provide consulting and clinical expertise for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

As the nation’s seventh-largest city, San Antonio’s pediatric population is growing and has increased by more than 18 percent since 2000. In addition, this population is projected to grow by more than 30 percent over the next 20 years.

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio will be the focal point for a network of pediatric services through the community. There will also be outpatient facilities and clinics throughout the region. Releasing the burden from taxpayers, the not-for-profit system will continue to serve the traditionally low-profit, high touch needs of the pediatric population.

For more than 50 years, the Children’s Hospital has developed and grown services that meet specific needs in the community – and will continue to do so well into the future.

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