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Bonilla secures $2.8 million for Health Science Center asthma study

April 2003

(L-R) U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla presents a check for $2.8 million to President Cigarroa, Drs. Autumn Dawn Galbreath, Gregory Freeman and (not pictured) Stephen Inscore for the asthma disease management study.

The Health Science Center is preparing to launch a $2.8 million asthma disease management study made possible by U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is funding the study through the HHS Appropriations bill. Congressman Bonilla is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and secured funds for the Health Science Center.

"Congressman Bonilla, you made this study a funding priority from day one, and it was your stature as a member of the Senate-House Conference Committee that ultimately enabled its inclusion in the final legislation," said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president, during Congressman Bonilla’s visit to the Health Science Center. "Getting this project approved was not an easy task by any means, and we are deeply grateful for your effective leadership on behalf of your constituents."

The asthma disease management study will enroll 1,200 children and adults and run through 2007. It is designed to improve the health of patients by preventing adverse events related to their asthma and to reduce the health care costs associated with emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

"This money is good news for two reasons: we’re going to assist asthma sufferers throughout the state of Texas and we’re bringing millions of dollars to the economy of San Antonio," Congressman Bonilla said. "Today is a great day for the UT Health Science Center and for South Texas. I’m proud to have played a role in securing this funding and look forward to the progress it will make."

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Brooke Army Medical Center, Wilford Hall Medical Center, TRICARE Southwest, the University Health System and other partners will provide clinic space and patient referrals for the study.


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