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San Antonio State Hospital Celebrates Grand Opening

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) recently commemorated a new chapter in behavioral healthcare with the grand opening of San Antonio State Hospital. The state-of-the-art, 500,000 SF inpatient psychiatric facility replaces the original hospital, which served the community since 1892. Vaughn served as construction manager-at-risk for the project.

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young expressed enthusiasm for the improved care environment. “We are excited to offer our San Antonio State Hospital patients care in a state-of-the-art building that will help facilitate their recovery. Thank you to those who invested in our state hospitals so that we can give our patients the help they need.” 

The three-story, 300-bed hospital goes beyond basic care, offering a comprehensive range of therapeutic, recreational, and social experiences to prepare patients for reintegration into society. Amenities include a music room, beauty salon, canteen, library, gymnasium, greenhouse, chapel, and a teaching kitchen, all designed to equip patients with practical skills for independent living.

“Over 700 employees will benefit from a more modern work environment, allowing for smoother and more efficient patient care,” said the Vaughn project manager. “The new hospital fosters a positive healing environment, ensuring continued access to essential mental health services and improved patient outcomes. Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony and contributing to such a beneficial project for both the Owner and the community was truly rewarding. We are proud to have played a role in this important initiative.”