CHRISTUS Health Announces Expansion to Palestine with New Emergency Hospital Campus


CHRISTUS Health announced today an expansion to Palestine with the planned development of a new CHRISTUS emergency hospital campus that includes a freestanding emergency department and inpatient beds.

The facility will be located on the current Magnolia Medical Plaza campus at 3201 Texas 256 Loop in Palestine.

The Magnolia Medical Plaza joined CHRISTUS in 2017 and has a long-standing presence and exceptional reputation for providing services in primary care. Currently, there are six physicians, four nurse practitioners and four physician assistants practicing primary care in Palestine.

Along with full-time orthopedic surgery and pain management, the clinic also offers specialty services including cardiology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, and wound care through visiting CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic.

“Our clinic has been serving Palestine and the surrounding communities for more than 30 years and the addition of emergency medicine will only enhance our ability to care for patients today and for many more years to come,” said Dr. Alec Law, lead physician of primary care.

The Palestine project includes a nearly 20,000 square-foot facility that will house a state-of-the art emergency department with imaging and laboratory services. The new emergency room will accept ambulance arrivals.

CHRISTUS will also be adding inpatient beds at this facility so that patients can stay close to home for acute hospital care.

“We have had a footprint in Palestine for a number of years now, and this is a great way for us to continue to extend our health care mission to the community,” said Chris Glenney, senior vice president for group operations, CHRISTUS Northeast Texas. “We know there is a need for patients in the Palestine area to have access to our health system and the exceptional health care we provide. We are honored to meet that need and continue our mission to expend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

In recent years, CHRISTUS Health has expanded patient access in the Northeast Texas communities of Athens, Atlanta, Canton, Gladewater, Henderson, Kilgore, Lindale, Longview, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Texarkana, Tyler and Winnsboro.

The Palestine project will provide the community with 40 full-time jobs which include registered nurses, radiology and laboratory technologists and several other support staff positions.

“We are incredibly excited to continue our work in the Palestine community,” said Dr. Brent Wadle, vice president of physician operations at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. “The Trinity Clinic provides access to over 600 physicians and nearly 360 nurse practitioners and physician assistants across Northeast Texas. This type of access will allow the residents of Palestine and the surrounding communities the opportunity to get the care they need in a timely manner without having to leave the region to do so.”

The timeline for project is to start construction in about 120 days with a completion date toward the end of summer 2025, Glenney said.