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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Through Children's Eyes: War Refugee Photo Exhibit

Bantu Eyez
Cristina Jimenez Sanchez

I recently told you about an exhibit called Bantu Eyez. Since then, I was able to speak to the woman who actually shot the exhibit's pictures, and the story deepened a bit.

First, if you didn’t know that San Antonio even had a Somali Bantu refugee population, you’re not alone.

"I didn’t know that and I’ve lived in San Antonio all my life," said photographer Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, who captured all the exhibit’s images, and here's why.

"I felt it was something for San Antonio to know, for Texas to know, because they’re now part of Texas history," she said. 

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Fotoseptiembre Exhibit 'Bantu Eyez' A Look At Somali Community In San Antonio

Cristina J. Sanchez showing pictures
Cristina J. Sanchez

A new photo exhibit is set to open, and its origins are curious. It’s called Bantu Eyez.

“Bantu Eyez is a wonderful exhibition of 26 photographs by Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, a wonderful local photographer," said Allison Hays Lane, University Health System’s art program manager who is curating the exhibit.

“And she had documented, over the last five years, children and adults from the Bantu community -- Somali community -- here in San Antonio,” she said.

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Government
9:52 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bexar County Hospital District Asks For Same Tax Rate, Bigger Budget

University Hospital estimates higher property values will bring an additional $20.6 million to its budget at the same tax rate as last year
Credit UHS

The Bexar County Hospital District has requested a tax rate for the coming year with no increase in the tax rate itself. But the health system is counting on rising local property values to sustain its budget over the coming year.

The hospital district, now known as University Health System, submitted a proposal to Bexar County commissioners with a tax rate that is unchanged from last year.

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Green Construction
9:49 am
Fri September 5, 2014

CPS Energy Rewards University Hospital For Energy-Efficient Buildings With $500,000

University Hospital's new Sky Tower increased green space to cool the property, including healing gardens integrated into the building and landscapes designed to produce a lush tree canopy over 50 percent of the site within five years
Credit UHS

  University Health System Thursday accepted a check for half a million dollars in rebates for energy savings. It was the second large, commercial rebate announced this week.

George Hernandez, president and CEO of University Health System, said the new University Hospital Sky Tower is designed to use 20% less energy than a similar structure built to “normal” building codes.

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Science & Technology
1:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

University Hospital Taking NICU Ophthalmology To Rural Areas

Ophthalmologist Dr. Clio Harper, M.D., examines the eyes of a premature infant at the University Hospital NICU. Dr. Harper comes to San Antonio from Austin each week to examine and treat infants with Retinopathy of Prematurity, or ROP
Credit Elizabeth Allen / UTHSC

University Hospital is participating in a study that doctors hope will save the eyesight of premature babies born in areas where ophthalmologists are in short supply.

The study looked at telemedicine exams used to diagnose retina problems associated with premature birth, or retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that in the past caused blindness among most premature victims.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Tue June 17, 2014

University Health System Introduces Art To Help Heal

UHS ky Tower lobby. Artist Ed Carpenter
University Health System

If you’ve been to a pair of local medical facilities recently, you might be surprised by the art you see there.
The concept is called "healing arts." I spoke to Mark Webb, a senior vice president with University Health System to find out how it works.

"There is science and data behind arts and the healing process," Webb said. “How it reduces anxiety of patients and how it speeds with the healing process because it’s calming.”

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Health Studies
10:25 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UTHSC Studies Childhood Obesity Among Latinos

As diabetes and obesity remain at epidemic levels for the Latino community, a study at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio aims to keep Hispanic children from becoming another member of the statistic pool. 

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The Source - May 6, 2014
10:20 am
Tue May 6, 2014

The Source: Free Screenings For Aneurysms This Weekend

Credit Johns Hopkins

A leading cause of instant death in the U.S. gives off few symptoms. Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) kill 15,000 people every year and are detected 90 percent of the time by accident, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

This weekend University Medical Center is offering free screenings for the problem on its Robert E. Green Campus.

Your aorta is the garden hose of your body, moving vast quantities of blood every minute and any kind of bulge or rupture can be deadly.

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Health Care
4:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Hospital To Lead Medicaid Waiver Conference In May

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is preparing to implement a five-year program under the Section 11-15 Medicaid Waiver. Health care leadership from around the state will gather in San Antonio next month to talk about the $1 billion coming to South Texas as a result of the waiver.

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Community Health
12:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

New University Hospital Sky Tower Opens For Patients

Eileen Pace TPR News

At 6 a.m. today University Hospital started moving 200 patients to its new, 1 million sq. ft. Sky Tower extension.

The opening of the new 10-floor tower marks the completion of the county's $899.4 million Capital Improvement Program for the health system and the largest construction project in Bexar County’s history.

A large metal sculpture set against native red Pecos sandstone greets patients at the main driveway of the new Sky Tower with 4,000 hand-painted bluebonnets.

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