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Health Science Center and Methodist Healthcare sign MOU

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 19


Jaime Wesolowski (left), president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and identify opportunities to affiliate their two organizations for pediatric care, research and academic training.
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Jaime Wesolowski (left), president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and identify opportunities to affiliate their two organizations for pediatric care, research and academic training.clear graphic

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Contact: Elizabeth Allen,
210-450-2020

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 6, 2013) ― The Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio (MHS) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Sept. 6 to explore and identify opportunities to affiliate to provide pre-eminent pediatric care, academic training and research in San Antonio and the South Texas region.

The MOU calls for a 90-day negotiation period that may ultimately lead to the signing of a definitive agreement to form a comprehensive children’s health care delivery system for San Antonio and South Texas.

Leaders in pediatric education and care
Both parties have considerable experience and resources. The Health Science Center is the South Texas leader in providing pediatric education for current and future pediatric health care providers through the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. MHS owns and operates the Methodist Children’s Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, which is the region’s largest provider of pediatric health care in an environment exclusively designed for children in San Antonio, South Texas and beyond.

Key areas of collaboration
The MOU signed by both operating entities, and supported by the leadership of The University of Texas System and the MHS Board of Governors, covers nine key areas of
collaboration:
  • Relationship of the involved parties;
  • Medical education and training;
  • Clinical care;
  • Research;
  • Facilities;
  • Network development;
  • Leadership/governance
  • Access to information; and
  • Interconnected technology.
All of the key areas are priorities, particularly when addressing access to information and interconnected medical information systems. Both MHS and the Health Science Center understand that a comprehensive electronic medical record reduces duplication of services and potential for errors, and provides young patients with a medical home.

South Texas children to benefit
“The goals and priorities that Methodist Healthcare and the Health Science Center have laid out reflect our shared priorities in joining forces to deliver the best pediatric care, medical education and academic research for the children of South Texas,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center. “We are reaching literally across the street to collaborate and build the best possible network for the region, with its anchor right here in the South Texas Medical Center.”

“There is no question in our minds this new opportunity between MHS and the Health Science Center is the strongest and most viable solution to enhancing care for all children in our region. The combination of both organizations that have been the pediatric leaders in their fields for many years will create a new delivery model comparable to the most well-known children’s hospitals in the U.S.,” stated Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare.

Definitive agreement expected within 90 days
Over the next 90 days, MHS and the Health Science Center will develop a definitive agreement. In doing so, MHS and the Health Science Center will seek input from all stakeholders.

Reaching out to others
Additionally, the Health Science Center will lead in exploring ways to further collaborate with the University Health System to better meet the pediatric needs of San Antonio and South Texas.

Because these negotiations continue to be confidential, no further statements will be issued from representatives of either organization until the agreement is ready for official signatures.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 29,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

 
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