Knapp Medical Center
Home Contact Us For Employees
(714) 670-7400
About Us Patients and Visitors Find a Physician Services Careers Contact Us
1401 East Eighth Street Weslaco, Texas 78596
Follow Us
Facebook Twitter
Contact Us Change Font Size


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

Interest Expressed

  • 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.

Fundraising Begins

  • 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.

Knapp Today

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.

Our Services

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

Knapp Medical Center