• Sue Brown | Pleasanton Express Methodist leadership and team members welcome employees to the Methodist family as South Texas Regional Medical Center officially became Methodist Hospital South on Saturday, July 1st. Methodist AirCare was on hand to show support.  Lefto to right are: John E. Ulbricht CEO, Susan Sewell Kilgore, Palmira Arellano, Megan Benishek, Sheryl Vickers-Maniscalco, Amanda Sanchez, Joy Engler, Manuela Fuentes, Dan Kilgore. Back row: Justin Shiver, Reverend Austin Fredrick, Joe Garcia, Je

Methodist Healthcare System purchases Jourdanton hospital from Community Health Systems

San Antonio, Texas - July 1- Methodist Healthcare System, a partnership between HCA and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, announced the acquisition of South Texas Regional Medical Center from Community Health Systems. The 67-bed hospital is located in Jourdanton.

“The new name of the hospital is Methodist Hospital South, linking the hospital to the Methodist Healthcare brand, which is driven by its faith-based foundation and mission of serving humanity to honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective health care, accessible to all,” stated Jaime Wesolowski, President and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System. “Methodist is the market leader in health care services throughout South Texas; this acquisition allows the ownership of South Texas Regional Medical Center to remain local while expanding the network of care to all of the 26 facilities within the Methodist Healthcare System,” added Wesolowski.

That network includes medical professionals, innovative resources and equipment, and a complete range of services that include pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, transplant services and many more services,.

The health system is co-owned by both HCA and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries. HCA is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities that include 171 locally managed hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and The United Kingdom. Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant making in 74 counties across South Texas.

Methodist’s core value is building relationships in community and the System plans to follow this core value at Methodist Hospital South as well as extend its faith-based mission.

“It is an exciting day in our community. We are going to change the landscape being part of the Methodist Healthcare System and now being Methodist Hospital South,” said Methodist Hospital South CEO John Ulbricht. “The resources that will be brought to this community will be amazing. You will see a transformation and we are very blessed to be part of the system. For us, we are now a faith-based organization. Our mission is to serve humanity to honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective healthcare accessible to all.”

About Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio

Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio is the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas with 26 facilities including eight hospitals serving over 80,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients annually.

The System team is comprised of 11,000 employees, making Methodist Healthcare System the second largest private employer in San Antonio. The Texas Quality Foundation selected Methodist Healthcare System to receive the 2014 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, making Methodist the first and only health care system in South Texas to receive this award, which requires an organization to demonstrate its commitment to the highest quality standards.

With more than 2,700 credentialed physicians, Methodist Healthcare System provides the largest array of medical services in the region including neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, oncology and women’s services. The health system is co-owned by both HCA and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Visit http://www.SAHealth.com to learn more.