A salute to those who served

University Health has a strong connection with the service members in Military City USA who have sacrificed for their country. Many of our doctors, nurses and medical teams have proudly worn the uniform and brought their experience and dedication for serving patients to University Health.

In this annual tradition celebrating Veterans Day, our veterans will lead a salute to all who have served. Our keynote speaker is a U.S. Air Force veteran whose medical military service informs his current, important role leading our new Women’s & Children’s Hospital.


Welcome and Veterans Day History – Magdalena Barrera, Asst. Dir. Outreach & Business Development, U.S. Marine Corps, deployed to Kuwait, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Awarded Navy Achievement Medal

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Michael Gardner, Administrator for University Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gardner comes from a family with extensive military service. He entered college on a ROTC scholarship, earned his medical degree and served four years as a military OB-GYN. He brings a specialty in maternal-fetal medicine to University Health. He will talk about how he has continued with his desire to serve his country by working in public health care systems where there’s a shared mission to serve the community.


University Health Veterans Day Observance


Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 -11 a.m.


University Hospital Main Garden, 4502 Medical Drive. Meet in the hospital lobby at 9:45 a.m.


Please fill out the parking pass and place on your vehicle dashboard. Here is a map for parking in the Methodist Healthcare Ministries lot.


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