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About Acuity Hospital of South Texas
Conveniently located in downtown San Antonio, AHST is a beautiful and modern 30-bed Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital featuring all private rooms and the latest technology. Twelve beds have ICU level monitoring. AHST has the latest technology as all 30 beds have telemetry monitoring capability. An in-house CT Scanner helps to minimize any patients having to be transferred out of the facility for testing. In addition, the Treatment Room area allows for patients to have bronchoscopies, tracheostomies and other procedures.
Serving San Antonio, the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and the Rio Grande Valley, AHST treats medically complex and critically ill patients that require treatment for an extended time period. You can rest assured that at AHST you or your loved ones will receive the highest caliber of medical attention.
AHST delivers a comprehensive, patient-focused care model with proven clinical outcomes for high acuity patients in a family-friendly atmosphere. The facility has developed clinical expertise in Pulmonary/Ventilator Management, Multi-System failures, Complications from Surgery, Patients who have experienced a Traumatic Injuries, Infectious Disease and Wound Treatment. Our goal is to help you achieve your desired quality of life. We are inspired by the life you want to live and promise to provide compassionate care throughout your recovery process.
The purpose of this website is to give you as much information as possible about our hospital and the types of patients we serve. As you navigate through the different pages, you will learn about the many programs and services that Acuity Hospital of South Texas offers to the medically complex patient.
The photographs on our website are but a few of the many employees at Acuity Hospital of South Texas. They truly are the spirit of our hospital. They bring to life our mission, vision, and values. If, after browsing our website, you have questions please contact us. We would be delighted to answer your questions and / or arrange for you to tour our hospital. AHST was voted one of the Top Work Places in 2014 – and recognized as #1 in Training.
The hospital is easily accessed and has free parking.
How do you make a referral to Acuity Hospital of South Texas (AHST)?
Acuity Hospital of South Texas accepts referrals from hospitals, rehabilitative and skilled nursing facilities, clinicians, and families. Our hospital is Medicare certified and accepts most insurance plans, as well as workers compensation.
To make a referral, please contact the Admissions Department at 210-572-4646 or fax information to 210-572-4645. A Clinical Liaison will perform an on-site evaluation to assess for appropriateness of admission. All admission determinations will be made and communicated to the referral source. Upon approval of admission, communication of clinical information is coordinated by our admissions department.
Acuity Hospital of South Texas provides care to adults without regard to gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Thank you for your interest in Acuity Hospital of South Texas. We encourage you to tour our hospital and meet our staff. If you have any questions please contact the admissions office and we will be happy to assist you.
After a patient is clinically accepted to our specialty hospital, they will be assigned a room and an attending physician. Acuity Hospital of South Texas (AHST) is a free standing, 3 story building located at 718 Lexington Avenue (just off I-35 and the McCullough Avenue exit). Situated between two major hospital systems, the hospital offers free parking which surrounds the building.
Each patient will be assigned a Case Manager and an Ambassador, upon admission. Your Case Manager will discuss with you and your family as appropriate, your plan and goals of care.
It is helpful to have the following information available upon admission:
- Personal Identification card(s)
- Insurance cards or Medicare cards
- Living will, power of attorney or durable power of attorney if applicable
- Copy of an organ donation request card if applicable
We strongly recommend you leave valuables at home. The hospital is not responsible for valuables or money kept in your room.
Thank you for your interest in Acuity Hospital of South Texas. Our goal is to assist you in achieving your optimum level of wellness. Each patient is cared for using our Guiding Principles: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
Acuity Hospital of South Texas has been awarded many distinctions. One that we are very proud about, is the Beacon Award. The Beacon award is issued by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses to intensive care units and in this case, a hospital that exemplifies: leadership, appropriate staffing, effective communication, evidence based practice and processes, and outcome measurement.
For patients and families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.
Decisions About Care:
All patients have a right to be involved in decisions concerning their care. Our goal is that all our patients will receive compassionate and respectful care throughout their stay.
To make sure your wishes and preferences are met, we have a team of caregivers who will assist in the coordination of your care. These include your Physician, your Case Manager, your Ambassador, the Nursing Supervisor, and other members of the Clinical team.
Our high quality medical staff supervises the patient care in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team. Family conferences offer you an opportunity to participate in your loved one’s plan of care. If you would like to participate in a family conference, please contact your Case Manager.
While you are a patient at AHST, you will have a Case Manager that will assist you with discharge planning and coordination of your care. Sometimes people need further care upon discharge, such as a Skilled Nursing Facility, Rehabilitation Hospital or with Home Health. Our Case Managers will assist you in making those arrangements should you need to have that assistance.
Planning for discharge, begins prior to admission when the Clinical Liaison prepares the team for your care. The average length of stay at our hospital is traditionally longer because of the type of patients we admit. We work closely with the family and all team members to insure that are details are in order prior to discharge.
Advance Directives: An advance directive is a way for you or your loved one to communicate about the type of care you/they want to receive. It is a good idea for everyone to speak with their family about their care wishes and to create an advance directive. If you do not have an advance directive forms, please contact our case manager.
Power of Attorney: There are several different types of Power of Attorney. A Power of attorney designates who you or your loved one wants to make decisions regarding healthcare and finances. It is a good idea to have a Power of Attorney for both healthcare and finances. Banks are very strict and will not give your family access to your finances unless they have a financial power of attorney or are named on the bank account. Having a financial power of attorney will reduce your stress regarding finances if you are unable to manage them yourself. Additionally a Medical Power of Attorney will make it clear to your family and your physicians who you want to speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Guardianship: If your loved one is not able to sign a POA you may need to pursue guardianship. Guardianship is a legal decision about a patient’s competency. It is recommended that you speak with an attorney regarding guardianship.
Organ Donation: Our facility participates the National Organ Donation Program. Organ Donation cards are available if you want to participate.
There are no restrictions on visiting hours at Acuity Hospital of South Texas. We do ask that there are only 2 visitors at one time due to space restrictions. However, one family member or friend is allowed to stay with the patient overnight for as long as requested and approved.
Acuity Hospital of South Texas – 718 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212