Efforts underway to bring hospital to SPI


SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX – –  A plan is in the works to bring an urgent emergency care facility to the City of South Padre Island.

Tonight, on a story you’ll see first on local 23 news, we meet with an advocate looking to make a healthcare dream a reality.

This week, Dr. Richard Joe Ybarra is at city hall to speak with the city’s EDC on a recent feasibility study.

The SPI Economic Develop Corporation is looking at the possibility of bringing a micro-hospital to the destination city. Dr. Ybarra has been gathering partners, scouting locations, and presented costs associated with the project.

“The time is right for this,” says Ybarra, “every day, as the EMS medical director for South Padre Island it bothers me that we could be doing better.”

Ybarra Presenting Feasibility study update in front of EDC

Right now, patients in critical condition travel outside to neighboring cities for urgent care. The main idea behind the movement is that an emergency room on the island could greatly assist patients during time sensitive situations.

“I would say that 75 percent of the incidents that we transport could potentially stay on the island” Ybarra.  

Locations considered include an empty lot across the SPI Fire Station and Visitor’s Center

Members involved with the project will be at city hall during the regular city council meeting to discuss updates on this ongoing project.

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