OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now called UT Health San Antonio, is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.

 

Strategies for achieving this mission are:

  • Educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists.
  • Engaging in research to understand health and disease.
  • Commercializing discoveries, as appropriate, to benefit the public.
  • Providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care.
  • Engaging our community to improve health.
  • Influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.

Approved by: The University of Texas System Board of Regents, November 10, 2011
                             Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, April 25, 2012.

 

Vision

To be a world-class academic health center transforming health and health care for a diverse society.

 

Core Values

Accountability: We are committed to responsible and transparent stewardship of university resources.

 

Diversity: We strive for inclusivity across the university.

 

Excellence: We continue to strive for excellence through creativity, innovation and dedication.

 

Innovation: We discover, create, develop and measure new, exciting and effective methods of education or pedagogy, research and clinical care.

 

Integrity: We are truthful, equitable and committed to intellectual honesty.

 

Professionalism: We will maintain the highest standards of professionalism through ethical behavior, life-long learning and respect for all members of the university.

 

Teamwork and Collaboration: We support each other and promote interprofessional collaboration.

 

Tradition: We learn from our history, create an optimistic future and promote the unique nature of the health science center environment.

 

Our Strategic Vision

 

Brief History of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now called UT Health San Antonio

Two grain silos and a hundred-acre dairy farm have been miraculously transformed over the past few decades to a Health Science Center of international renown. In 1959 Gov. Price Daniel signed House Bill 9, creating the South Texas Medical School. Six years later, the Joe J. Nix Dairy Farm, a wide expanse of grazing land, cattle pens, milking barns and silos to store cattle feed, was conveyed to the State of Texas to build a School of Medicine. On July 12, 1968, The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio (which had been renamed in 1967) and Bexar County Teaching Hospital (now University Hospital) were dedicated. Other schools were added in succeeding years, and in 1972 the institution name officially became The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Today, the UT Health Science Center is a vital part of San Antonio’s $37 billion health care and bioscience industry. The university graduates 200 physicians, 400 nurses, 100 dentists, 300 health professionals in other fields and 100 scientists each year. Additionally, the health science center provides a vast amount of continuing medical and dental education, affords 1.5 million patient visits each year and offers more than $8 million in uncompensated care to the medically indigent.

 

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio timeline

  • 1959 - South Texas Medical School (now the School of Medicine of UT Health Science Center) is created by the Texas Legislature
  • 1966 - First class of 15 students is admitted to the School of Medicine, temporarily housed at Trinity University
  • 1968 - School of Medicine and Bexar County Teaching Hospital (now University Hospital) are dedicated
  • 1969 - Legislature authorizes creation of the Dental School (now the School of Dentistry)
  • 1969 -Legislature authorizes UT System School of Nursing branch in San Antonio
  • 1969 - South Texas Medical School (now the School of Medicine of UT Health Science Center) is created by the Texas Legislature
  • 1969 - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is created
  • 1972 - Institution name changed to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • 1976 - School of Allied Health Sciences (now School of Health Professions) is created
  • 1976 - School of Nursing formally becomes part of the Health Science Center