Our History

A history of compassionate care and service

In 1903, 30 physician members of the Bexar County Medical Society joined with more than two dozen businessmen and professionals to organize the San Antonio Associated Charities. The Associated Charities then began construction of a four-story hospital on Dallas Street, the Physicians' and Surgeons' Hospital. As the community grew, so did the need for healthcare services, and the Dallas Street facility expanded and eventually became the far-reaching Baptist Health System.

Baptist Health Foundation Established

 A century later, Baptist Health System was purchased by Vanguard Health Systems, a compassionate operator of hospitals and medical facilities whose headquarters are in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proceeds from the 2003 sale were used to establish the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. The Foundation funds not-for-profit healthcare services and education throughout South Texas.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation assumes ownership

On Oct. 1, 2013, Vanguard Health Systems and all its markets (including Baptist Health System), became part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. This combined New Tenet employs more than 100,000 people in 78 hospitals and other entities in 43 states. Baptist Health System maintains its faith-based mission and its relationship with the Baptist Health Foundation.

The Future of Baptist Care

Today, Baptist Health System is a recognized leader in healthcare in San Antonio and South Texas. Baptist is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas , is the fourth largest civilian employer in San Antonio, and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

“I have had a long-term relationship with the Baptist Health System for 32 years,” says Dr. Gerardo Ortega, vascular specialist. “I have seen the changes in my field, and I have seen the response from the Baptist administration. They always focus on new technology to help us practice the newest techniques possible to help our patients.”

Baptist Health System includes 6 acute-care hospitals that offer over 1,800 licensed beds.

Baptist Health System's 6 hospitals have earned the Accredited Chest Pain Center designation.