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South Texas Medical Center
South Texas Medical Center (aerial view)
Aerial of the South Texas Medical Center in northwest San Antonio.

The South Texas Medical Center (STMC) or Bexar County Hospital District consists of 900 acres (360 ha) of medical-related facilities on the northwest side of San Antonio, Texas, United States.

STMC, which directly serves 38 counties, consists of forty-five medically related institutions; separate medical, dental and nursing schools, five higher educational institutions, twelve hospitals and five specialty institutions. These facilities combined currently total over 4,200 patient beds.[1]

In 2009, STMC was home to more than $350 million in construction projects. More than $1 billion in new construction projects are currently planned through 2014.[2]

Staff and budget

STMC is located about 10 miles northwest of Downtown San Antonio.

In 2009, 27,884 persons were directly employed at the center, and the combined budget of all entities at the South Texas Medical Center totaled $3.3 billion.[2] STMC is the San Antonio area's second largest employer.

Research and development

Panoramic view looking east of STMC, as seen from the UTHSCSA medical school. Seen from R to L are Methodist Children's Hospital, Methodist Heart Hospital, Methodist Gamma Knife Center, Texas Neuroscience Institute, and Methodist Plaza.

San Antonio's Biosciences industry employs over 100,000 people.[3] The largest areas of research are conducted by institutes in or around the South Texas Medical Center. These include the oncology division of one of the world's top five biotechnology firms, the world's largest Phase I clinical trials program for new anti-cancer drugs, and the new $200 million Children's Cancer Research Institute. San Antonio also houses the world's largest genomics computing cluster and the state's public bank for stem cell-rich umbilical cord blood.[3]


Central to the medical center is the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its teaching hospital: The University Hospital, which is the source of employment for 12,000 people. The Audie Murphy VA Hospital, CTRC, Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas Cancer Clinic, the Children's Cancer Research Institute, Christus Santa Rosa health system, Texas Neuroscience Institute, Villa Rosa, St Luke, and 11 Methodist hospitals also have affiliated programs or projects with the UT Health Science Center.

The University of the Incarnate Word also has a campus located in the eastern part of the South Texas Medical Center, where its optometry school is located. UIW has affiliated programs with the Christus Santa Rosa health system.

San Antonio College has a nursing training program at STMC, and the University of Texas at San Antonio has joint programs with UTHSCSA's GSBS and School of Allied Health Sciences.

The Baptist Health System School of Health Professions is also located in the South Texas Medical Center.

The University of Texas at Austin's School of Pharmacy also has research facilities and staff located in the medical center.

Also situated in the South Texas Medical Center is Health Careers High School, a health professions-based magnet school of Northside ISD that enrolls just under 1,000 students from around Bexar County.


Member institutions

Member institutions with facilities and offices in the Center are:

Another view of STMC

See also


  1. ^ "South Texas Medical Center". South Texas Medical Center. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b See: "Southern Business and Development". Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2007-03-23.

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