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April 2013

UT Health Science Center, Vanguard to partner on new children’s hospital in San Antonio

Groundbreaking for a freestanding $300 million children’s hospital in the South Texas Medical Center will take place within a year. The University of Texas System Board of Regents authorized the UT Health Science Center to execute an agreement with Nashville-based Vanguard Health Systems to bring a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital to San Antonio. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospital, will join Vanguard, which owns and operates seven Baptist Health System Hospitals in San Antonio and South Texas, in the management of the San Antonio facility. The hospital’s location will offer access and convenience to patients and families across the region. The facility will be just minutes away from physicians and scientists at the Health Science Center and will be designed and built specifically for children’s most pressing medical needs. Most importantly, the hospital will anchor a regional network of clinics that will deliver top-tier pediatric care throughout San Antonio and South Texas communities.

The Health Science Center brings to the partnership faculty from UT Medicine San Antonio - the practice plan of the School of Medicine - that will offer both general and specialty care to children and adolescents. The faculty members will also lead medical students, residents and fellows in instruction and cutting-edge research. The network and the new children’s hospital will operate on an open-staff model, which means that it will also benefit from the talents of community doctors from across San Antonio and South Texas.

UT Medicine physicians will continue to provide pediatric services at the University Health System’s expanded Robert B. Green Campus downtown. As University Health System is the primary teaching partner of the
UT Health Science Center, our physicians will continue to provide ambulatory primary and specialty care services there after the new hospital and network are completed.

"The long-standing partnership between UT Health Science Center and University Health System has been beneficial to both institutions and the community as a whole," said George B. Hernández Jr., president/CEO of University Health System. "The community will benefit from having an orderly and seamless transition of care for pediatric patients, and a new range of children’s services downtown."

The new facility's location in the South Texas Medical Center near the Health Science Center will allow easy access to research and other key clinical programs.

For example, the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, Center for Oral Health Care & Research, the South Texas Research Facility, the McDermott Research Imaging Institute and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center - one of Texas’ four National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers - are all nearby.

William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, said the agreement with Vanguard and CHOP is an important step toward enhancing world-class pediatric care in San Antonio and South Texas.

"Having multiple specialists from the faculty and community in a single location will allow the new children’s hospital to deliver the best possible care to children with complex medical cases and enhance the recruitment and retention of the best specialists in the country," Dr. Henrich said.

For more news and information about the children’s hospital, visit uthscsa.edu/OPA/chp/index.asp.

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