Physician-Owned Hospitals: A Community Hospital Case Study

Serving the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico Border

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

A look at how one physician-owned hospital serves as a Level-1 trauma facility and community hospital featuring over 70 specialties and sub-specialties, 500-plus beds and over 110,000 babies birthed.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance:
A Physician-Owned Hospital Serving as a General Acute Care Hospital

In 1995, eight forward-thinking physicians in Edinburg, Texas embarked on a remarkable journey that continues to this day. Concerned that the residents of the Rio Grande Valley lacked access to necessary healthcare services, the founders of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance worked diligently for two years to lay the groundwork for what would become one of the nation’s largest physician-owned hospitals.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health) opened its doors in 1997 as an ambulatory surgical center. Today, it is a modern full-fledged health system with over 500 beds and 70 locations region-wide. We are locally owned and operated, the only such health system left standing in Hidalgo And Cameron Counties.  With over 600 physicians and 1,400+ nurses providing the full continuum of care in over 70 specialties and sub-specialties, we provide the most comprehensive and specialized  health care in the Rio Grande Valley including a general acute hospital, rehabilitation hospital, behavioral hospital, the only dedicated women’s hospital south of San Antonio designate as a Level IV maternal site,  a level III neo-natal intensive care unit that ranks, in terms of outcomes, among the top 5% in the world, a Level I trauma center, a robust clinical research division, and the flagship teaching hospital for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.   DHR Health has hundreds of medical professionals training on its campus on a daily basis, including 150 residents  and fellows in 12 graduate medical education (GME) program.  We are also a safety-net hospital, providing care to those in our community in need.  44% of our patients are low-income and Medicaid. 

We are continually working to forge an integrated health care delivery model that incorporates patient navigation, electronic medical records, population-based care, graduate medical education and superior quality and efficiency to meet every patient’s needs.  Our innovative advancements and willingness to break the mold have shaped DHR into the leading health system of the Rio Grande Valley.