News 4 San Antonio had a conversation with The Health Collaborative to discuss what the new University Health System addition means for the Southside of San Antonio. The new facility will be located right next to the VIDA San Antonio community.
via News 4 San Antonio: Finding easily accessible healthcare on the Southside has long been a challenge, but that lack of care could improve with the addition of a new facility.
Across the street to the entrance to University Texas A&M San Antonio, University Health has purchased nearly 70 acres of land to construct a new healthcare facility. While those plans are currently in the works, some officials say more needs to be done.
“The barrier that we’re often hearing from residents in those areas is, you know, they have to travel so far into the city to receive some of those services.” Says Elizabeth Lutz, Executive Director with the Health Collaborative.
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization, who has been working with the community for the past 25 years to identify it’s needs.
“Overwhelmingly what we’re finding is that there is still so much more that can happen to support family, well-being and health care access.” Says Lutz
Lutz says for the past 10 years there has been a greater investment being made into the Southside, for more quality healthcare, but there is still an opportunity to do more.
Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, says this project is a step in the right direction.
“So constituents have been very pleased about the new hospital. This is long overdue, something we’ve been advocating for a really long time.” Says Rebeca Clay-Flores, Bexar County Commissioner Pct. 1
Clay-Flores says this isn’t only about lack of healthcare access, but will create jobs and also save people time and money.
“Constituents of precinct one shouldn’t have to drive 40 minutes across town, to get the major health attention that they need.” Says Clay-Flores
University Health officials say they have not finalized a timeline for construction, but with the expected growth of the Southside, it can’t come soon enough.