The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center has achieved a key milestone in the construction of UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital.

This achievement was marked by a topping out and beam-signing ceremony.

It was attended by leaders from the UT Health San Antonio, community supporters and other representatives of general contractor Vaughn Construction

With the latest development, the workers have successfully hit the highest construction point of the eight-storey hospital in the South Texas Medical Center.

UT Health San Antonio president William Henrich said: “Admitting hospital patients who are part of clinical research efforts is not done in our community now.

“This will be a unique aspect of the truly comprehensive care our hospital provides for the region and will maximise patients’ opportunity for healing and recovery. The focus, the ultimate objective, is improved patient outcomes.”

Construction of this half-a-billion-dollar project started in March last year.

Located at Ewing Halsell Drive and Wurzbach Road, the new hospital will have 144 beds, 12 specialised operating rooms, in-house laboratory, a stem cell lab, a blood bank along with full imaging facilities such as MRI and CT scans.

Besides, the 448,819ft2 hospital will have a dedicated parking garage space to accommodate up to 673 cars as well as a 200-car surface parking area.

It will also have relaxation and respite areas and provides dining options to patients.

Once open, the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital is expected to boost the city’s economy by generating over 800 jobs in health care sector.

The hospital is slated to open in 2024.