|Standing with the replica cornerstone of the Medical Arts & Research Center unveiled during the ceremony are (left to right) Glenn Halff, interim dean of the School of Medicine; Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the UT System; President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP; Thomas C. Mayes, M.D., M.B.A., executive director of UT Medicine San Antonio and professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics; and UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.|
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Nearly 400 faculty, staff, residents, community physicians and guests of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio attended the formal dedication Feb. 26 of the Medical Arts & Research Center, the clinical home of UT Medicine San Antonio, the School of Medicine’s faculty practice.
During the ceremony, President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, unveiled a replica cornerstone of the building and acknowledged the team whose vision and expertise came together to create the eight-story building at 8300 Floyd Curl that houses nearly 250 UT Medicine doctors who previously practiced at locations throughout the city.
“This is truly a magnificent facility for our patients who come from near and far, for our students and residents who will be learning alongside UT Medicine physicians and for our outstanding faculty who are seeing patients in this building,” President Henrich said.Dream comes true
“It was UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., who along with other leaders including Dr. Tom Mayes (president and CEO of UT Medicine), first envisioned this building and had the courage and resolve to move forward with this very large and landscape-changing project,” President Henrich said.
Chancellor Cigarroa served as Health Science Center president for more than eight years and in February 2009 began his leadership of the UT System.
In officially accepting the building into the UT System, Chancellor Cigarroa said, “The Medical Arts & Research Center is the fulfillment of a dream we all shared during my tenure as president of the Health Science Center. I am overwhelmed with deep personal joy and pride as we today share the realization of our fondest hopes and long-sought goal. The building sets a new standard as it reflects an ideal collaboration for quality health care services to the community.”Providing specialty care for Central and South Texas
Dr. Mayes, who served as president and CEO of UT Medicine in 2001-2002 during the initial planning phases of the new building, then was reappointed to the position in May 2009, noted that the primary focus of UT Medicine is to provide medical specialties and sub-specialties to medical practitioners in central and South Texas.
“We see ourselves as partners to private providers in support of their practices and their patients. That means our job is to take on the tough cases and return the patients to their private physician,” Dr. Mayes said.
|(Left to right) Jim Reed, president of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, which donated the land the Medical Arts & Research Center now occupies, stands with President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, former UT System Regent Cyndi Taylor Krier and UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.|
With more than 30 clinics in the building, the practice represents nearly every branch of medicine, with diagnostic imaging and labs available on site, and full surgical capabilities in four operating rooms and two procedure rooms.Patient-centered care
President Henrich thanked state legislators who attended the dedication, including Sen. Judith Zaffirini from District 21, Sen. Eddie Lucio from District 27 and Sen. Jeff Wentworth from District 25. He also acknowledged the unfailing support of Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the UT System.
In her remarks, Sen. Zaffirini complimented the Health Science Center on the care her husband recently received at UT Medicine. “I was pleased with all the efficiencies and how the staff was so caring and interested in my husband and in our family. It could have been trying, but instead it was a wonderful patient experience,” she said.Key team members
Others acknowledged for their contributions were:
- Phil Pfeiffer, chairman, and Jim Reed, president of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, which donated 13.4 acres of land upon the MARC occupies
- Former UT System Regent Cyndi Taylor Krier and her spouse, Joe Krier, former longtime president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Glenn Biggs, the first chairman of the Health Science Center’s Development Board and his wife, Ann
- Glenn Halff, interim dean of the School of Medicine
- Jim Kazen, executive vice president for facility planning and operations, Darrell Maatsch, assistant vice president for strategic planning and Ray Martin, assistant vice president for facilities, all of the Health Science Center
- John Farrell with FKP Architects, and lead architect Wayne Marchland who designed the building
- Jerry Hoog and Todd Fleming with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
- Richard de Leon, Patrick Lew and Bob Riley from the UT System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction