Momentum is building
“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination and wonder.” —Ronald Reagan
If you had the opportunity to take a stroll across any of our campuses today, you might overhear conversations that pivot on words such as “growth,” “excitement” and “momentum.” What is so rewarding for us here at UT Health San Antonio is that these words ring true.
We are among the top-ranked institutions in Texas for aging research funding from the National Institute on Aging. We are ranked in the top 4 percent worldwide of organizations that receive National Institutes of Health funding. Our university leads the world’s largest research group focused on combat PTSD and other related conditions.
In our clinical mission, UT Health Physicians comprises the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas, supporting 1.6 million patient visits each year through 800 providers in more than 100 specialties and subspecialties. Birthplace of the Palmaz stent that came to be hailed as one of the “10 Patents that Changed the World,” ours is a multifaceted academic health center with proven strength in translating research breakthroughs into clinical trials and, eventually, into therapies and treatments for patients.
Like other academic health centers across the country, UT Health San Antonio trains the physicians, nurses, dentists, other health care professionals and scientists of tomorrow. Having missions of education, research and patient care is perhaps what best defines an academic health center. But our climb to the summit does not stop there. Without our fourth mission—to serve and engage the community—there would be no reason for our resolute commitment to growth.
As the chief catalyst of San Antonio’s $40.2 billion biosciences and health care industry, we share our excitement for the future as we collaborate with multiple public and private organizations across the community, including The University of Texas at San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Bexar County Hospital District.
A glimpse of our momentum is seen in the new facility we’re building for one of the world’s premiere aging research institutes, the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. Concurrently, our new Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases is poised to step onto an international stage in its truly comprehensive approach to battling these horrible diseases.
With our missions serving as our motivation, inspiration and direction for everything we do, we also know that growth and success will come to fruition only as the result of each of us working together.
Thank you for all you do to support this amazing journey.
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP
President and Professor of Medicine
UT Health San Antonio