News Release

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Phil Wilson
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:March 16, 2020
Kelli Weldon, 512-424-6951

San Antonio State Hospital to Postpone Groundbreaking

Texas HHS Focuses on Health, Safety of Patients, Team Members

AUSTIN – To protect against the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, among patients, staff and the public, the San Antonio State Hospital is postponing its groundbreaking ceremony originally scheduled for April 2, 2020. The SASH Spring Thing 5K Fun Run, which is organized by the Volunteer Services Council and is scheduled for March 21, is canceled.

“We are dedicated to providing the best care possible at our state hospitals,” Deputy Executive Commissioner Mike Maples said. “That has to start with protecting the health and safety of the people we serve and the team members who provide services and supports day in and day out for our patients. We will continue the great work to build the new hospital. In the meantime, we are implementing precautionary measures to prevent the spread of infectious disease.”

No date has been set for the SASH groundbreaking, though it is anticipated to be sometime in the summer of 2020.

Texas Health and Human Services continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak and provide guidance to its facilities and regulated entities on what should be done to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, postponing the groundbreaking is not anticipated to affect the construction schedule. With funding approved by the Legislature, HHSC will build a 300-bed hospital, replacing the current SASH facility with a modern building that includes single rooms, open spaces and incorporates building design into patients’ treatment and healing. In addition, HHSC is renovating Building 521 and that project will add 40 beds to the campus.

For the SASH project, Texas HHS has teamed up with University of Texas Health San Antonio to build a facility that serves San Antonio’s needs and the needs of those who need mental health care. Across the state, these construction and renovation projects reflect the evolution of mental health care in this country and will give patients the facilities to match the state-of-the-art care they already receive from HHS team members.

SASH is one of 10 state hospitals that Texas HHS operates. SASH provides complete psychiatric and rehabilitative services. For more information about the state hospital system, visit the HHS website.