Doctors Hospital at Renaissance


The year was 1995. The place, Edinburg, Texas.
Eight forward-thinking physicians, concerned that many residents of the Rio Grande Valley lacked access to necessary health care, embarked on a remarkable journey that continues to this day. Working diligently for two years, they laid the groundwork for what would become one of the country’s top-ranked hospitals.

What is now Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) opened its doors in 1997 as an ambulatory surgical center. Today, it is a modern, 530-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of medical services, with over 60 specialties and sub specialties. It has been ranked among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters and as one of the 100 Top Hospitals® for Cardiovascular Care. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is currently ranked #1 in Hidalgo County and #17 in the State of Texas by U.S. News and World Report. “Our vision from the start has been to provide state-of-the-art care of the highest quality for patients at all stages of life and their families,” says Carlos Cardenas, M.D. In addition to being chairman of the hospital’s board and its Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Cardenas is a practicing gastroenterologist in Edinburg.

What sets Doctors Hospital at Renaissance apart, he says, is the fact that it is owned and managed by actively practicing physicians. As a result, decisions critical to patient care — for example, what types of equipment to purchase or what the nursing staff-to-patient ratio should be — are made by physicians who are on the front lines treating patients. “This allows us to move quickly to bring necessary technologies and high quality health care into our area,” Dr. Cardenas says.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is one of the largest physician-owned facilities in the Unites States and offers some of the most comprehensive medical care on the U.S. Southern Border.

A History of Firsts

It was the first hospital in South Texas to acquire a PET/ CT scanner, an important tool for diagnosing and staging cancer and assessing the effectiveness of a treatment plan. It was the first in the region to introduce da Vinci robotic surgical technology, which is rapidly becoming the standard of care for use in prostate cancer surgery and certain gynecological procedures. And, the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance (WHR) is the first and only facility in South Texas dedicated exclusively to women’s health care. WHR features a level III-C neonatal intensive care unit that was ranked in the top 5%, nationally and internationally, by the Vermont-Oxford Network for Exemplary Outcomes.

Another first, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is the first hospital with which the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic has formed a Bariatric and Metabolic Institute affiliation. This affiliation will give DHR access and ability to implement Cleveland Clinic’s best practices, patient and safety initiatives, clinical pathways and protocols here at home. Patients at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance will enjoy greater access to world-class management of obesity and related diseases, bariatric surgery, clinical trials, treatment protocols and additional research opportunities that are offered through Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

The Renaissance Difference

From the moment you walk in the front door, it is apparent that Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is not just another hospital. “You can see it in the design of our facility,” Dr. Cardenas says. “You can feel it in the warm, friendly greeting of the employee who welcomes you to the hospital and accompanies you to your destination. And you can sense it in the intangibles: the culture of quality and caring, the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff, the refusal to settle for second best.”

Perhaps most important of all, Dr. Cardenas says, “At Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, we allow physicians to be physicians and nurses to be nurses.” And that is good news for patients.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

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5501 S. McColl Rd. Edinburg Texas 78539 | (956) 362-8677 | 956-DOCTORS

As required by the 2012 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment;
Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Physician Self-Referral; and Patient Notification Requirements
in Provider Agreements
final rule, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd is disclosing that it is seeking an expansion
exception under Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance proudly meets the federal definition of a "physician-owned hospital" (42 CFR § 489.3). As required by law, a list of the hospital's physician owners and investors is available at here. DHR, Ltd. and its affiliated entities comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.