UT institutions, Laredo advisory council move toward more collaborative programs

Peter Loomer, Eileen Breslin, Lourdes Castaneda, Mike Black, Mary DeLay, Amy Shaw Thomas, William Henrich, Gladys Keene, Armando Diaz, Hector Gonzalez and Erika Martinez
Discussing current and future health education, research and care collaborations in Laredo are (from left) UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry Dean Peter Loomer, School of Nursing Dean Eileen Breslin, Regional Campus Laredo office manager Lourdes Castaneda, Executive Vice President and COO Michael E. Black, and Vice President and Chief of Staff Mary DeLay; UT System Executive Vice Chairman for Health Affairs ad interim Amy Shaw Thomas; UT Health San Antonio President William Henrich, Regional Campus Laredo Dean Gladys Keene and Legislative Affairs Vice President Armando Diaz; and Laredo Health Department Director Hector Gonzalez and Erika Martinez, assistant to the director.

New collaborative programs for education, clinical care and research were  discussed April 4 by leadership of UT Health San Antonio, the UT System and the Laredo Regional Campus Advisory Council (RCAC).

The meeting took place at the UT Health San Antonio Regional Campus Laredo, where Gladys Keene, M.D., is regional dean.

Gerald Schwebel, executive vice president of IBC Bank, is chairman of the RCAC. In welcoming the visitors to Laredo, he said: “We are passionate about the need to promote better health care in our community. We welcome these opportunities to dialogue with you and your leadership team about the future of the regional campus and the academic needs of our community.”

Several ideas were discussed among the RCAC members and visitors, including new collaborations. “Laredo is fertile ground for training in all areas. We can work together as partners with UT Health San Antonio in emerging needs like behavioral health, degenerative diseases, substance abuse and opioid problems in the community,” said Hector Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H., director of the City of Laredo Health Department.

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