District 4 Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, alongside University Health leaders and community partners, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new state-of-the-art hospital in southside San Antonio. The initiative aims to address health disparities and inequities in the area.
In a statement, Dr. Garcia commended George Hernandez, the University Health leadership team, and the Board of Managers for undertaking a transformative project in an underserved area. Dr. Garcia has long advocated for increased healthcare access in the southside, especially following the closure of the Texas Vista Medical Center in District 4.
Highlighting the persistent healthcare challenges faced by residents with limited transportation options, Dr. Garcia stressed the significance of having hospitals in local neighborhoods. She acknowledged the City of San Antonio's efforts in enhancing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units but emphasized the need to collaborate with health systems and community partners to bridge gaps in care.
Dr. Garcia expressed her anticipation in developing a comprehensive plan of action, fostering partnerships with entities committed to resolving health disparities in the southside. While celebrating the groundbreaking milestone, she also underscored the immediate needs of residents, urging attention to those who may face challenges in accessing medical care before the completion of the new hospital.