Work is winding up on a $17 million, 45,000-square-foot building on San Antonio’s Northeast Side, a facility designed to house the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA. TeletonUSA, set up in 2012, is affiliated with the Mexico-based Teleton Foundation, which presently operates 21 children’s rehabilitation centers across Mexico. It’s the world’s largest private pediatric rehabilitative health care network. The foundation, founded in 1997, also runs an autism center and an oncology hospital.
The non-profit facility, meant to further the city’s expanding role in pediatric care, is located near Morgan’s Wonderland, the special-needs theme park spearheaded by the Gordon Hartman Foundation. The Children’s Rehabilitation Institute is projected to see 600 pediatric patients annually, whether or not they have insurance. These youngsters from across the United States have neuromusculoskeletal disabilities. The institute will also give support to patients’ families during and after treatment. A partnership between TeletonUSA and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision helped to raise funds for the new facility. It is Teleton’s first such development in the U.S. The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce plans to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this month for the institute. The new institute marks the latest boost to the local specialized medical care industry.