Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance continues to look locally to expand.
The Rio Grande Valley’s only doctor-owned hospital wants to double its capacity, train physician specialists and its own technicians and nurses. And it hopes to look to local residents to fill those jobs, Israel Rocha, the hospital’s chief executive, said during its first “state of the hospital” address Thursday evening.
“We want to be daring and take on the biggest challenges that we can face,” he said. “We are no longer waiting for cures to come to use but we want to make that cure.”
Rocha outlined plans for a new 300-bed medical tower equipped with a helipad, an eight-bay ambulatory trauma center, an 80-bed emergency room and 18 operating suites — but only if approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. There’s a planned 1,000 spot parking lot and a private hotel in the works.
Overall, the improvements would cost $200 million.
Rival private hospitals have criticized the doctor-owned hospital’s ambitious expansion plan, petitioning federal regulators to deny it, saying the hospital has not done its part to provide enough uncompensated care to low-income and indigent patients.
In 2014, Doctor’s Hospital grossed $1.85 billion, according to Medicare and Medicaid payment data calculated by the Becker’s Hospital Review. During that same year, the hospital provided $137 million worth of…
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