The competition to bring a world class children’s hospital to San Antonio took another dramatic turn today as the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Health Care announced they had signed an Memorandum of Understanding.
The UTHSC and the Methodist Children’s hospital make a natural fit -- since they are already right across from each other on Medical Drive in the city’s Medical Center.
Dr. Bill Henrich, president of the Health Science Center, said the medical match up goes beyond to two institution’s proximity.
Katie Doderer is a very poised 15-year-old with short blond hair and a wide smile. She's a straight A student who loves singing, dancing and performing in musicals.
This could be considered something of a miracle.
"I have a complex medical condition known as congenital central hypoventilation – blah—syndrome. CCHS," Katie explains, stumbling on the full name of her malady. "Basically my brain doesn't tell me to breathe. So I am reliant on a mechanical ventilator."
Of the $10.8 million given to Texas groups by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Affordable Care Act's "navigator" program, the Texas chapter of Migrant Health Promotion received over $580,000.
The group will be promoting healthcare solutions to the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in South Texas.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining another group of attorneys general to take issue with the selection process in the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.
Over the next few months the federal government is set to spend millions of dollars hiring people labeled "navigators," who are tasked with helping people get signed up and "navigate" Affordable Care Act.
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Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.
"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be visiting the Alamo City this week, joining the City of San Antonio to provide more information about the Affordable Care Act.
Sebelius will speak Thursday evening when Trinity University and the Metropolitan Health District host a public event to offer information about the new health care act, much of which takes effect in the next year.
The city previously hosted Sebelius when it unveiled the Por Vida Health Campaign, an ongoing city-wide marketing campaign to get restaurants to offer healthy choices.
*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.
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A group of San Antonio clinics that once served only the local barrios has received an infusion of federal funds to support expanded services.
A member of United Way, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Centro Med has 21 sites across Bexar County and into New Braunfels, serving more than 5,000 people. San Antonio and West Texas Congressman Pete Gallego says the federal funds recently approved will help the clinics get their medical services to more underserved residents.