UT Medicine San Antonio opens Westover Hills clinic

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 20, 2008) — UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine, opened its newest clinic today in Westover Hills – a rapidly growing area in west San Antonio that is also home to the new Microsoft data center and SeaWorld.

UT Medicine at Westover Hills will feature a variety of specialists representing cardiology, pulmonary disease, surgery, urology and gastroenterology, as well as family medicine. All physicians are members of the School of Medicine’s faculty and are board-certified specialists.

“This clinic represents a new era for the school and its practice,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., M.A.C.P., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs of the Health Science Center. “We are expanding our service to the community and changing the service level to reflect the best medicine has to offer today.”

The clinic is located in the newly constructed Medical Plaza I office building at 11212 state Highway 151 (on the frontage road between Wiseman and Westover Hills boulevards). It will be connected to the new Westover Hills hospital campus of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care when the hospital opens next June.

The UT Medicine clinic’s focus will be specialty care for local residents who would otherwise have to drive to the South Texas Medical Center or across town to see a specialist. The integration with the School of Medicine means patients have access to expertise that extends throughout all aspects of medicine. The clinic will also include family medicine physicians seeing adult and pediatric patients.

Lewis Greenberg, M.D., vice dean for clinical affairs and CEO and president of UT Medicine, said the clinic will be equipped with the latest technology, such as an electronic medical records (EMR) system to improve patient care and outcomes. “Our EMR system, ‘Epic,’ allows our doctors to communicate with one another and have a patient’s medical history or test results at their fingertips when they need it,” Dr. Greenberg said.

“San Antonio is a growing and thriving city that is underserved in many areas of medicine,” said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Health Science Center president. “This clinic represents a tremendous asset for the community.”

The clinic’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patient appointments and referrals by area physicians can be made by calling the main phone number, (210) 450-9900.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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