Emergency Services in McAllen

If you’re having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

South Texas Health System McAllen
301 West Expressway 83
McAllen, TX 78503
Phone: 956-632-4000


South Texas Health System (STHS) McAllen's Emergency Department is designated a Level I Trauma Center, which means we have the resources needed to provide the highest level of care before, during and after a trauma event. We are only the second Level I Trauma Center in the Rio Grande Valley.

What to Expect When Arriving for Care

Sudden illness or injury can occur without warning, and while no one typically plans a trip to the ER, everyone should know what to expect after they arrive.

Learn more about our care process →

Stroke Care

STHS McAllen has received a Level I Comprehensive Stroke Designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The facility meets the current Brain Attack Coalition recommendations, actively participates on the appropriate Regional Advisory Council and submits data to the department as requested.

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Nominate a Hometown Hero

If you would like to recognize a first responder for their outstanding service, then nominate them for the STHS Hometown Heroes Award. This could be a Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), member of Law Enforcement, Firefighter, or other lifesaving personnel.

Nomination Form 

Comprehensive Emergency Care

The emergency department (ED) is open 24/7 for patients who need immediate emergency surgery, including trauma, orthopedic or neurological procedures. The department cares for more than 30,000 patients each year — both adults and children — including those who have serious injuries.

Doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians work as a team in the ED to provide effective and efficient care for every patient, from those with minor ailments to those with more serious injuries and illnesses. The hospital maintains agreements with a variety of specialists who are available for consultation and follow-up care depending upon our patients' health needs.

STHS McAllen is proud to provide emergency care to area veterans. STHS McAllen also coordinates with South Texas Behavioral Health Center to provide emergency care to patients of the Center.

STHS McAllen provides advanced emergency care, including:

  • Management of trauma conditions, falls, motor vehicle accidents, fractures, sprains
  • Early intervention for strokes
  • Treating lacerations, crush injuries, abrasions
  • Orthopedic services for feet, ankles, hands, shoulders, elbows, knees and hips
  • Neurosurgery for injuries to the brain, spine and neck
  • Treatment for common infections: pneumonia, kidney infections, skin infections
  • Treatment of problems associated with diabetes, obstructive lung disease, heart disease
  • Chronic medical problems
  • Evaluation and management of acute abdominal pain
  • Early intervention of acute back pain
  • Asthma management
  • Treatment of migraines
  • Acute eye conditions

Air Ambulance and Helipad

STHS McAllen is equipped with a helicopter landing pad, or helipad, for air support. Helipads allow air ambulances and MedEvacs to transfer patients to trauma units and receive patients from remote areas that do not have local hospitals.

Air ambulances are useful when a patient needs to be relocated to a different hospital in a short amount of time, rather than driving the patient via a traditional ambulance.

Injury Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury in older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn more about injury prevention →