What is today Knapp Medical Center started as an idea in the mid-1950s. That’s when Weslaco citizens indicated in a Chamber of Commerce survey that they wanted a hospital to serve the Mid-Valley. What follows is a brief synopsis of how that idea grew into the hospital Knapp is today.
From Concept to Building to Expanding
- The Mid Valley Hospital Development Corporation was formed after the McAllen District of the United Methodist Church agreed to run the hospital if a structure was built. Volunteers from Donna, Mercedes, Edcouch-Elsa, Progreso, and Weslaco went to work to raise money.
- The Knapp Foundation donated the first major gift of $300,000. The hospital was named after the Knapp family to recognize this generosity.
- Volunteers raised another $500,000 from among Mid Valley communities.
- This $800,000 was matched by a federal Hill-Burton grant to make the hospital a reality.
Hospital Opens and Expands
- Knapp Medical Center opened in Weslaco on January 2, 1962 as Knapp Memorial Methodist Hospital with 100 beds.
- In 1980, Knapp doubles in physical space and adds 80 rooms to the original 100.
- Under an amicable agreement, the long relationship between United Methodist Church and Knapp Memorial Methodist Hospital was dissolved in 1986, and the hospital was renamed to Knapp Medical Center.
- In 1990, Knapp grew by a third to add outpatient services and a new Emergency Room.
- Knapp acquired 15 acres of adjacent property in 1993 for future expansion after Weslaco voters approved an exchange for 50 acres in southwest Weslaco.
Hospital Grows Along with the Valley
- All inpatient, surgical and obstetrical services were moved into a six story tower with 233 inpatient beds in late 1995.
- The Hospice program accepted its first patient in late 1996
- A new Emergency Department was dedicated in May 2003.
- In 2004, a 32,000 square foot Conference Center was opened.
- Remodeling of the former E.R. space for an Outpatient Center was completed in 2006 followed by major renovations of Labor & Delivery and Pediatrics in 2007 and Postpartum, Nursery and Medical Units in 2010.
Today, Knapp Medical Center is a 226-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital. Not-for-profit means that Knapp uses its income for operating expenses, retirement of debt and expansion of services.
Our Service Area
- Our Primary Service Area includes Donna east to La Feria and Monte Alto south to the Rio Grande River or what is referred to as the Mid-Valley.
Our Medical Team
- More than 200 physicians, all independent professional practitioners, serve on the Knapp Medical Staff.
- Knapp employs a total of approximately 1,000 people, and is one of Hidalgo County’s largest private employers.
- We also provide volunteer opportunities for more than 250 people.
With a broad spectrum of patients, here are a few Knapp services:
- A 24-hour physician-staffed Emergency Department with a Level III Trauma designation
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- 16-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit
- General surgical services for both inpatients and outpatients
- A total of 52 cardiac monitored beds
- Pediatric unit
- Radiology services including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Digital Mammography
- Hospice care services
- Rehabilitation services
- The Diabetes Center helps patients understand and manage their diabetes.
Knapp – A Recognized Leader
Throughout the years, Knapp has been recognized as one of the best healthcare facilities in the United States in the various areas we serve.
- 1998 Knapp Auxiliary won Texas Association of Hospital Auxiliaries Past President’s Award
- 2000Texas Hospital Association Community Service Award
- 2000American Society for Directors of Volunteers Services 2000 Extraordinary Program for Health Promotion
- 2005 Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader
- 2009One of 25 hospitals nationwide to be recognized by Hospital and Health Networks Most Wired as “Most Improved” in information technology
- Training Center for American Heart Association’s Certification Programs: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
- Through January 2012 Fully Accredited as a Provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) by the Texas Medical Association
Recipient of the 2011 HealthGrades® Maternity Care Excellence Award™ and Ranked among the
Top 5% in the Nation for Maternity Care for 3 years in a row (2009-2011)
- Only Hospital in Region* to receive the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ in 2010/2011
- Five Star Rated for Maternity Care for 3 years in a row (2009-2011)
Recipient of the 2011 HealthGrades® Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ and Ranked among the
Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement
- Five Star Rated for Joint Replacement (2011) and Total Knee Replacement for 3 years in a row (2009-2011)
*Region is the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Census Bureau Statistical Area as defined by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget