McAllen Medical Center

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McAllen Medical Center
Location301 W. Expressway 83, McAllen, TX, United States
Emergency departmentLevel II trauma center
ListsHospitals in the United States

McAllen Medical Center is a hospital in McAllen, Texas, United States. It is the flagship hospital of the South Texas Health System.[1] It is owned by Universal Health Services, a Pennsylvania-based hospital management company.[2]

McAllen is a tertiary care regional provider. It offers advanced wound care, maternity care including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), neurosurgery, orthopedics, and oncology. It is the designated advanced Level II Trauma Center for Hidalgo County. Since 2011 it has been the base for emergency helicopter service throughout the Rio Grande Valley.[3] In cooperation with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, McAllen offers a three-year residency in Family Practice.[2][4]

In a 2015 peer-reviewed study ranking the United States' most expensive hospitals South Texas Health System, which owns hospitals including McAllen, was ranked as the 48th most expensive, charging roughly 9.2 times the amount procedures cost.[5][6] This figure is disputed by STHS.[6]


McAllen Medical Center was established in 1985 by merging three pre-existing hospitals: McAllen Municipal Hospital (in operation since 1919), McAllen General Hospital, and McAllen Methodist Hospital.[7] In 2011 McAllen Medical Center bought Knapp Medical Center, a hospital in Weslaco.[8]


McAllen Medical Center has won several awards in the years it has been operating. It was named Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber Hospital of the Year in 2011.[1] Its maternity ward has won awards such as recognition as a Texas Ten-Step facility in 2013 and 2015 for promoting breast feeding,[9][10] and recognition from the March of Dimes for reducing elective inductions and c-sections prior to 39 weeks.[11]

Hospital rating data[edit]

The HealthGrades website contains the clinical quality data for McAllen Medical Center, as of 2017. For this rating section three different types of data from HealthGrades are presented: clinical quality ratings for thirty-three inpatient conditions and procedures and thirteen patient safety indicators. There was no data for the percentage of patients giving the hospital as a 9 or 10 (the two highest possible ratings).

For inpatient conditions and procedures, there are three possible ratings: worse than expected, as expected, better than expected. For this hospital the data for this category is:

  • Worse than expected - 1
  • As expected - 22
  • Better than expected - 10

For patient safety indicators, there are the same three possible ratings. For this hospital safety indicators were rated as:

  • Worse than expected - 1
  • As expected - 10
  • Better than expected - 2

Percentage of patients rating this hospital as a 9 or 10 - not given. Percentage of patients who on average rank hospitals as a 9 or 10 - 69%[12]


  1. ^ a b c "A CEO's Philosophy on Visionary Leadership". RG Vision. May 6, 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hendricks, Dave (November 19, 2013). "Hospital, UT take over local medical residency program". The Monitor. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ Flores, Erika (July 19, 2011). "Emergency helicopter service to start at McAllen Medical Center". Valley Central. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ "McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program". official website. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ Bai, Ge; Anderson, Gerald (June 2015). "Extreme Markup: The Fifty US Hospitals With The Highest Charge-To-Cost Ratios". Health Affairs. 34 (6). doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2014.1414. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Mosbrucker, Kristen (June 14, 2015). "STHS disputes most expensive hospitals study". Valley Morning Star. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  7. ^ "About the Hospital". McAllen Medical Center. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Weslaco's Knapp Medical Center sold to McAllen Medical Center". Valley Central. November 30, 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  9. ^ "McAllen Medical Center earns Texas Ten Steps re-designation". The Monitor. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "McAllen Medical Center earns "Texas Ten Step" Designation for being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Facility". Valley Town Crier. August 6, 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  11. ^ Santella, Dan (November 15, 2013). "March of Dimes applauds McAllen Medical's efforts to cut down on early childbirths". The Monitorn. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  12. ^ HealthGrades website, .

Coordinates: 26°11′12″N 98°13′33″W / 26.1867°N 98.2258°W / 26.1867; -98.2258