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For Immediate Release
December 1, 2022

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Partners with Texas A&M Health and University Health
A&M-SA announces new partnership with official signing ceremony, marking a more than $500 million investment in public health

SAN ANTONIO — Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) held a signing ceremony on December 1 to announce a new partnership with Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) and University Health. The affiliation agreement brings three nationally recognized entities together to co-create and expand education pathways and research opportunities in the high-demand health sciences eco-system for historically underserved communities.

Speakers for the signing ceremony included Chancellor John Sharp, The Texas A&M University System; President Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Texas A&M-San Antonio; President and CEO George B. Hernández, Jr., University Health; and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Jon Mogford, Texas A&M Health.

The purpose of the partnership is to establish an affiliation agreement and guiding framework for collaborations among University Health’s existing and future community hospitals and public health facilities. The agreement will focus on educational and research opportunities that impact Bexar County, adjoining counties, and South Texas, as well as to support the military community.

The new University Health public health facility and hospital development, which will be located at the west entry to A&M-SA’s campus, will enhance accessibility to medical services and health education. In 2021, University Health acquired 68 acres to develop a 256-bed hospital by 2027. In July 2022, Bexar County appropriated $30 million for a public health division facility, slated for completion in 2026. The nearly $500 million investment in the hospital and newly formed University Health Institute of Public Health will enhance service to individuals and families in South Bexar County and the 22 neighboring counties in South Texas. In addition, The Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved funding to build a $45 million College of Education and Public Health facility at A&M-SA.

This unique collaboration will also:

Expand undergraduate, graduate and professional health-related medical education and clinical programs with Texas A&M Health

Grow A&M-SA enrollment in health science related program offerings such as community health and rural health degree offerings, healthcare administration, behavioral health programs, health science and biomedical degrees

Create a new Public Health unit at A&M-SA for research

Support the development of medical, clinical and non-clinical workforce to serve the community and Latino/a leaders in health-related fields

Promote a positive patient experience, compassionate patient care, excellence in education, public health promotion and intervention, and outstanding health outcomes

“When it comes down to it, collaborations are important. University Health needs well- trained health care professionals. Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M University-San Antonio create them. This agreement formally recognizes that and binds us, helping us each to better accomplish our shared missions of serving San Antonio,” said Chancellor Sharp.

A&M-San Antonio will expand its collaboration with the ASPIRE network of seven ISDs to educate and train future professionals in the fields of community health, environmental health and pre-clinical studies, building a pipeline to create a diverse and inclusive workforce. A&M-SA and its ASPIRE ISD network can grow K-12 readiness in healthcare through middle school experiential learning, high school P-Tech Programs and specialty dual-credit courses.

“This is a historic partnership focused on the collective impact that catalyzes the strengths and reach of University Health, Texas A&M Health and A&M-San Antonio. This partnership amplifies our collective efforts to address health inequities in South Bexar County and significantly enhances A&M-San Antonio’s ability to intentionally educate theLatino/a community for tomorrow’s health professionals for our region and state,” said Dr. Teniente-Matson.

Texas A&M Health has long understood the need for greater health care access in South Texas. Through well-established relationships and new ones like this, Texas A&M Health is expanding its education and training opportunities to create a diverse workforce of health professionals, building upon both clinical and public health expertise to engage families and individuals in research-based preventive health strategies, and improving access tocare that reduces health care costs for those who face unaffordable services.

“This partnership is a shared vision to create a patient-centered culture for our communities and improve health care access,” stated Jon Mogford, PhD, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Texas A&M Health. “By taking direct interventions to improve population health and address the needs of our growing and diverse populations, we willbe able to decrease health disparities for the common good.”

University Health is proceeding with plans to construct and operate a community hospital, medical office building and dedicated public health facility at the A&M-SA west entry as well as expanding its network of outpatient clinics to increase health care access in underserved areas of Bexar County. This strategically placed suburban acute care hospital will enable many patients to receive routine types of hospital services, such as low-risk births and hip replacements, without having to travel to the medical center.

“This agreement among Texas A&M-San Antonio, Texas A&M University Health Science Center and University Health marks a profound step forward in growing health care professions for our community,” Hernández said. “Today’s ceremony formalizes the understanding that these three entities have a natural partnership that will improve access to care and also provide more health education pipelines, ultimately improving health care for residents of Bexar County and South Texas.”

Through joint strategic planning, the partners seek to improve population health and health equity through the pursuit of quality and efficient health care in a customer friendly environment, promoting a positive patient experience, outstanding outcomes, and translational and community-based research as well as to develop innovations in medicine, biomedical research and public health.

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About Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage- rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in South San Antonio, the University offers 37 undergraduate degrees and 19 graduate degrees to more than 7,300 students. A&M-San Antonio is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of only 30 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 77 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and approximately 60 percent are the first in their family to attend college. A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution; in 2020, Military Times ranked the University No. 35 in the nation for “Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission

About University Health

University Health is the only locally owned health system in San Antonio. For more than 100 years, University Health has been here to heal, to improve health, to train the next generation of medical professionals and to ensure the people of San Antonio, Bexar

County and South Texas have access to primary and advanced specialty care close to home. Specialized services include the region’s only Level I trauma center for both adults and children, and maternal and neonatal intensive care centers designated at the highest levels by the State of Texas. As the region’s only academic health system, University Health is a hub of innovation and discovery, committed to delivering patient- centered, culturally competent, high quality and compassionate care, based on a strong foundation of outcomes‐based research and innovative teaching. Learn more at UniversityHealthSystem.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Texas A&M Health

Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) comprises five schools (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health) and several centers and institutes with a shared mission of advancing health care for all.We serve the state and beyond with campuses and locations in Bryan-College Station, Dallas, Temple, Houston, Round Rock, Kingsville, Corpus Christi and McAllen. Learn more at health.tamu.edu or follow @TAMUHealth on Twitter.

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About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 24 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.

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