Jorge Treviño is eyeing one goal as he begins his career as the Baptist Medical Center’s new chief executive officer — expand and strengthen the hospital’s service for patients throughout the city.

That goal is being put into motion as Baptist Medical Center begins what will be a $22 million renovation of its historic facilities that first opened in 1903, which, he said, will bring the buildings up to date while providing new and much-needed medical offerings to the community. The renovations are slated for completion within the next five years. 

“A lot of our growth strategy over the next couple of years is going to be centered around providing a more comprehensive, higher quality level of care that we see in our facilities on the north side of town, that we also want for [our facilities] south and downtown.”

Treviño is familiar with the San Antonio medical community. A registered nurse, he previously served as assistant director of clinical operations and a flight nurse for San Antonio AirLIFE, and director of the children’s emergency department and trauma care coordinator at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, now the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. He also served as administrative director of critical care and director of emergency services at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. 

Overall, Treviño brings more than 25 years of experience in health care administration, operations, and patient care to Baptist.

“I have high hopes for the hospital and the downtown area in general, and have been meeting with Councilman Roberto Treviño to make sure we are in sync with the community needs and in sync with the development going on in the downtown area,” he said.

The downtown hospital, which is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, is currently undergoing a $10 million upgrade of its emergency room that will give patients direct access to emergency services, and provide a second entrance for those entering the hospital for non-emergency reasons. 

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“What the hospital had before was an emergency room that was accessed off of Dallas Street, and the entrance for the main hospital was the same, which wasn’t welcoming for people who needed to get through to other areas,” Treviño said.

Current construction will provide a new entrance off Seymour Street for everyday patients, while the ambulance bay and emergency room entrance will remain off Dallas Street.

A rendering of the Baptist Medical Center Dallas Entrance.

The upgraded emergency room is set to open in September, adding 18,000 square feet of space for 35 percent projected growth in the patient population during the next 10 years. 

Despite expanding its current footprints, Treviño said Baptist Medical Center is not looking at a “global San Antonio strategy,” rather, the organization is focusing its renovations, evaluating the service needs at its various locations, and making changes to strengthen services provided. 

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Treviño said St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in the Medical Center, which provides comprehensive treatment for stroke survivors, ranging from thrombectomies to functional rehabilitation, is a good example of a facility that’s filling a need. 

“[San Antonio] doesn’t have access points for those types of services [in other locations] throughout the city,” Treviño said. “We need to work to provide these types of services on the South Side.”

Roseanna Garza

Roseanna Garza

Roseanna Garza reports on health and bioscience for the San Antonio Report.