“At Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, we allow physicians to be physicians and nurses to be nurses.”

-Dr. Cardenas

Welcome to Doctors Hospital at Renaissance


Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) is a 500+ bed physician-owned health system that offers some of the most comprehensive medical care on the U.S. Southern Border. From general acute care services and graduate medical education to individually-tailored wellness and preventative health programs, at DHR over 650 physicians and more than 1,200 nurses dedicate themselves to offering a full continuum of care in over 70 different sub-specialties. DHR was founded in 1997 to help over 1.3 million residents resolve limited health care access challenges in a community that lacked public and county hospitals. Today, we are working to forge a new integrated health care delivery model that incorporates patient navigation, electronic medical records, population-based care, graduate medical education and superior quality and efficiency to meet every patient’s health needs.

A Few Highlights

  • 500+ bed general acute care hospital
  • Offers over 70 specialties and sub-specialties with 650 practicing physicians
  • Care provider to over 285,000 patients annually
  • As a Level III Trauma Center, DHR operates one of the largest emergency rooms in Hidalgo County with 25 ER beds and 24/7 access to on-site physicians and on-call specialists
  • DHR is home to the only exclusive Women’s Hospital in South Texas and a Level III-C Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that is ranked in the Top 5%, nationally and internationally, by the Vermont-Oxford Network for Exemplary Outcomes
  • Home to the highest nurse-to-patient ratio in South Texas
  • Developed an unprecedented Associate Degree Nursing Dual Enrollment pilot program for high school students in the RGV


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 physician-owned hospitals.


What is now Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System (DHR) opened its doors in 1997 as an ambulatory surgical center. Today, it is a modern, 500+ bed acute care facility that provides a full range of medical services, with over 70 specialties and sub-specialties. It has been ranked among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters and as one of the best hospitals in Texas by U.S. News and World Report. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is currently ranked #1 in Hidalgo County and #25 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, Dr. Cardenas is a practicing gastroenterologist and a founder of South Texas Gastroenterology.


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.


Today, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System 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.

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.


Our MISSION is to improve the well-being of those we serve with a commitment to excellence: every patient, every encounter, every time.


Our VISION is to create a world class health system to advance medicine and increase access for the communities we serve by empowering caregivers to heal through compassion, knowledge, innovation, integrated care and excellence.




C- Compassion

A - Accountability

R - Responsibility

E - Excellence through Knowledge

S - Safety and Social Conscience

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Announces Graduate Medical Education Programs


We invite you to explore our website to discover the many great facilities and services provided by DHR.



Israel Rocha, Chief Executive Officer & Dr. Robert Martinez, Chair, GME Committee

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

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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 www.dhr-rgv.com. 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.