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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 227-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.In 2013, Knapp Medical Center became a part of Prime Healthcare Services, a growing California-based system of more than 40 hospitals nationwide. As part of Prime Healthcare Services – which was named one of the top 15 health systems in the country in 2013, 2012, and 2009 – Knapp has gained the stability and support to continue to provide quality healthcare to Mid-Valley residents for decades to come.

Our Service Area

  • Our Primary Service Area includes Donna east to La Feria and Monte Alto south to the Rio Grande, or what is referred to as the Mid-Valley.

Our Team

  • More than 250 physicians, all independent professional practitioners, serve on the Knapp Medical Staff.
  • With more than 880 employees, Knapp 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:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Department – Advanced (Level III) Trauma Center
  • Adult Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care/ICU
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Neonatal Care
  • Outpatient Center that provides over 400 services, including…
    • All Digital Imaging
    • Cardiopulmonary
    • Diabetes Education
    • Endoscopy Procedures
    • Gastroenterology (GI)
    • Hospice Care
    • Laboratory
    • Nutrition Counseling
    • Rehabilitation
    • Wellness Screenings