The area, in northwest San Antonio, is close to other hospitalsincluding Humana Hospital of San Antonio, St. Luke's LutheranHospital and South Texas Ambulatory Surgery. The medical andhealth-care business is San Antonio's biggest industry.

The Heart Hospital, which is to begin operation in 2003, is a$50-million project, David Crane, MedCath's CEO, tells will be jointly owned with a group of San Antonio physicians.MedCath has physician partners in all its hospitals, with MedCathbeing the majority owner.

The hospital is on 12 acres near Crossroads Mall. Dr. CharlesRabinowitz, a member of the physicians group teaming up withMedCath, said they chose the site for its central location to makeit easier for patients and doctors to reach it. "We must havelooked at 50 different parcels of land," he tells "Wewanted more or less a central location."The team worked with MikeWeiss of San Antonio-based 4-M Properties to find the site.Rabinowitz says the hospital will have 350 employees and an annualpayroll of $14.5 million.

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