University Hospital

4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 358-4000
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University Hospital Overview

University Health System is a nationally recognized teaching hospital and network of outpatient healthcare centers, owned by the people of Bexar County. In partnership with UT Health San Antonio, it’s consistently recognized as a leader in advanced treatment options, new technologies and clinical research. Clinics are located throughout San Antonio to allow residents easier access to preventive, primary and specialty healthcare.

University Hospital is a designated Level IV maternal center – the highest designation possible for maternal-infant care. This indicator of the highest standard dovetails with the hospital’s Level IV neonatal intensive care unit designation. 

Their mission to serve our community doesn’t end there. University Health is currently building a 300-bed Women’s and Children’s Hospital slated to open in late 2022. Patients treated at the 12-story, one-of-a-kind facility will receive expert care from UT Health and University Medicine Associates physicians who specialize in the unique medical needs of women and children. 

University Hospital also offers a Level I trauma center for adults and the only Level I pediatric trauma and burn center in South Texas. That means 24-hour coverage by general surgeons and quick access to specialized trauma care, such as: orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric and critical care. 

University Health is also widely known for its organ transplantation services. For more than 40 years, University Health and UT Health San Antonio have worked together to offer life-changing options for patients facing end-stage organ failure. Through the University Transplant Center, adults are able to access lung, kidney or liver transplants. It uniquely offers the only living liver donation program in South Texas.  

Life-saving surgery is also available for pediatric patients who need kidney or liver transplantation. The pediatric transplant surgery program also offers specialized gastrointestinal services including endoscopy and all complex liver and pancreatic surgery for benign and malignant diseases.   

Additionally, the Texas Diabetes Institute is internationally recognized for its dedication to the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Through the Institute, this program provides ongoing patient education, professional training and cutting-edge research that benefits the residents of Bexar County and others throughout the world.  

University Health is one of the largest employers in Bexar County with nearly 9,000 employees, including more than 800 attending physicians and 825 resident physicians. It’s the first health organization in South Texas to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, granted to approximately six percent of U.S. hospitals.

Community First Health Plans, owned by University Health, is the region’s only locally owned and operated, not-for-profit health insurer.   

University Health is committed to delivering patient-centered, culturally competent, high-quality healthcare to meet the medical needs of all patients, young and old, throughout Bexar County and beyond. This is achieved by continually pursuing outcomes-based research and the highest level of collaboration.

University Hospital Specialties

University Hospital specializes in several areas of service. The specialties listed below represent just some of the comprehensive services available:

Cardiovascular Services

Cardiovascular medicine focuses on the treatment of acquired diseases affecting the heart and the great vessels. Conditions affecting the heart include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, heart failure and stroke.


Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation services include treatment for amputation, spinal cord injury, sports injury, stroke, musculoskeletal syndromes, and more. These services can include, but are not limited to, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, pain management, and physical therapy.


Emergency Services

Many hospitals at the Medical Center specialize in emergency trauma services, including the initial treatment and acute care of patients who present a broad spectrum of illness and injuries.


Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery, allows surgeons to operate on patients using small precision instruments that minimize pain, scarring, blood loss and recovery time.


Neonatal Services

Neonatal healthcare refers to the provision of medical care for newborns up to 28 days after birth. Many of the institutions in the Medical Center specialize in neonatal healthcare.



Neurology specifically deals with the diagnoses and treatment of diseases involving central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. At the Medical Center, we have been performing treatment and research of neurological disorders since our inception.


Oncology Services

Oncology is the branch of medicine involving the screening for, removal, and treatment of cancerous tumors, both malignant and benign. The Medical Center also houses many institutions involved in cutting-edge cancer research.


Orthopedic Services

Orthopedics, or the study of the musculoskeletal system, involves the diagnosis and treatment of problems or ailments involving bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.


Pediatric Services

Infants, toddlers, and teenagers are not merely small adults. They each have a physiology, psychology, and metabolism that differ from one another. Pediatric medicine focuses on care for individuals under 21 years of age.


Stroke Care Services

Strokes are sudden brain injuries that can have a devastating effect on an individual's motor and bodily function. Because of the severity of strokes, several institutions in the Medical Center focus exclusively on stroke care, rehabilitation, and research.


Transplant Services

Many institutions at the Medical Center offer transplant services, including organ and tissue transplants. These hospitals and centers also conduct research trials aimed at improving transplant services.


Women's Services

There are a large number of institutions in the Medical Center dedicated to treating women's unique biological needs. These areas include obstetrics, gynecology, family planning, and more.