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About University Health

About University Health

A Tradition of Leadership Driven by Values

For more than 100 years, University Health has been here to heal, to improve health, to lead, innovate and advance the practice of medicine. Above all, the people of University Health are here to serve all who entrust us with their health and lives with the highest-quality care, respect and compassion.

As the only locally owned and operated health system in San Antonio and Bexar County, University Health takes to heart its responsibility to serve the health needs of our community today and into the future.

Our mission is to improve the good health of the community through high quality compassionate patient care, innovation, education and discovery.

We fulfill this mission through a set of core values.

Our patient care will be:

  • High quality and compassionate above all,
  • Attentive, kind and helpful without exception, and
  • Wise in the use of resources.

As we continue this legacy of service to our growing community and region, we embrace a bold vision:

We are leading the way to be one of the nation’s most trusted health institutions.

Our Story

We encourage you to learn more about our rich history and humble beginnings as one of the nation’s first charity hospitals.

Doing business today as University Health, we are officially the Bexar County Hospital District. While Bexar County is in our name, we are a separate governmental entity and a political subdivision of the State of Texas. We are governed by a seven-member Board of Managers who are appointed by the Bexar County Commissioners Court.

Thanks to strong leadership and support, today our network of health care services includes dozens of primary, specialty and walk-in centers, mobile health units, and an academic hospital that has earned its place among the top in the nation and recognized as the most preferred hospital in San Antonio (NRC Health Market Insights 2021).

University Hospital is proud to serve as the region's only Level I trauma center for both adults and children. This means specialists in every trauma-related field are in the hospital 24/7 to treat even the most complex injuries.

The Robert B. Green Campus in downtown San Antonio, serves as the hub for our ambulatory care network.

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital is the region’s first hospital dedicated exclusively to the unique needs of women, children and babies. Services include the Harvey E. Najim Children’s Emergency Department, a 24/7 Women’s Center for OB/GYN emergencies, a Level IV NICU, Level IV maternity center, and dedicated inpatients unit with all of the technology and specialized teams needed to care for even the most complex medical needs. One of the hospital’s unique programs is A Mother’s Place, where neonatal dieticians customize breast milk for babies in the NICU – adding supplements based on their individualized need to help them grow and thrive.

The SaludArte: Art of Healing program was established in 2010 with the goal to harness the power of art to foster healing, compassion, hope, and trust in a medical setting.

A Comprehensive Health System

In addition to our hospitals and network of health centers, University Health also includes:

Community First Health Plans, the only local nonprofit health plan, serving people in Bexar County and surrounding communities.

University Medicine Associates, a nonprofit provider group practice, caring for adults and children in University Health locations across the community.

University Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supporting the University Health mission.

University Health Institute for Public Health, a division to better promote comprehensive population health initiatives that support health equity, acute care, preventive health care and public health emergency response.

The physicians of UT Health San Antonio serve as the medical staff for University Hospital and the Women's & Children's Hospital. Through this affiliation, University Health is a hub of innovation and discovery, helping to create tomorrow’s best practices today, as the region’s only academic health system.

All University Health locations and providers are connected through Epic, the most robust electronic health records system. With Epic, your complete medical record is immediately available for your health care team at every visit. As a University Health patient, Epic’s MyChart portal and smartphone application allows you to book appointments, message your doctor, refill prescriptions, see test results and so much more.

Looking to the Future

We invite you to learn more about our expansion plans to meet the demands of our booming city. Soon we will begin construction on University Health Vida, our new primary care and multi-specialty care health center on the South Side. We’re also breaking ground on two new community hospitals and the Institute for Public Health. We are committed to providing our community with primary and multi-specialty care, as well as health education and preventive health services. To learn more about our future plans, please visit our Expansion webpage.

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