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Funds & Projects

Make a Lasting Difference

When you make a donation to University Health System Foundation, you become part of a team that’s dedicated to helping improve the lives of the patients we care for and make our community stronger and healthier. There are many ways your gift can make a difference in the lives of the people we care for.

General Fund

This unrestricted fund enables the Foundation to use your gift to respond to ever-changing community requirements and emergencies, including future needs that often can't be anticipated. These donations allow us the greatest flexibility to meet the most pressing demands of University Health System at any time such as funding our trauma mission, purchasing specialized medical equipment, and providing care during a manmade or natural disaster. Make an online donation to this fund.

Children’s Health Programs

Child Life Fund

Donations support the purchase of items our child life specialists use to help make our smallest patients feel as comfortable as possible during procedures and ensure that their hospital stays are as kid-friendly as possible. Make an online donation to this fund.

Injury Prevention Fund

As the lead organization of Safe Kids San Antonio, our mission of keeping kids safe has expanded. Over the years, thousands of free car seats have been distributed, and families have been taught how to safely install and use them. Doctors and nurses visit schools to talk to children and teens about the consequences of distracted driving. Through University Health’s Viva Swim program this year, free swim lessons at area pools were provided to thousands of children.

This fund helps:

  • Purchase child safety seats for underserved families and children discharged from our Emergency Department after a motor vehicle accident
  • Support events and campaigns that promote community awareness including bike and pedestrian safety and burn and heatstroke prevention

Make an online donation to this fund.

Pediatric Heart Fund

This fund supports the South Texas Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center (STPCHC) located at University Hospital in the Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Unit. It’s the region’s only such dedicated unit. The STPCHC has the lowest mortality rate (1.9 percent) in Texas, thanks to the expertise of our cardiothoracic surgeons and medical team.

This fund was founded to encourage smiles and laughs from the littlest of hearts. Donations support medical and nonmedical expenses for families whose children are diagnosed with congenital heart defects or heart disease. This helps to minimize financial and emotional burdens. Funds also are used for department equipment and renovation needs and the continuing education of medical professionals. . Make an online donation to this fund.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fund

This fund supports the South Texas Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center (STPBCC) located at University Hospital. This team, led by a group of world-renowned physicians, is dedicated to enhancing children’s quality of life through specialized treatments, research, innovation and most importantly, compassion. The STPBCC is the only nationally recognized hemophilia treatment center in our region and one of only 11 sites in the nation that has partnered with the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators’ Consortium (which promotes early clinical development of promising therapies for children and young adults with cancer and related disorders).

This fund was founded to bring smiles to children battling cancer or a blood disorder. Donations support medical and nonmedical expenses for families to help minimize financial and emotional burdens. Funds also are used for department equipment and renovation needs and the continuing education of medical professionals. . Make an online donation to this fund.

Pediatric Trauma & Burn Fund

Donations support our pediatric patients who have experienced a traumatic event as well as the needs of the department. University Hospital is home to the highest level pediatric trauma center in South Texas at Level II, the only pediatric trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons and the only pediatric burn program in our region. This fund supports the special needs of pediatric patients that help in their recovery, equipment and renovation needs, and for the continuing education of medical professionals. Make an online donation to this fund.

Project Bear Hug Fund

This fund provides friendly teddy bears to our pediatric patients undergoing surgery to help minimize stress. The fund purchases about 1,200 teddy bears each year. Make an online donation to this fund.

Neonatal ICU Fund

This fund provides for the special needs of seriously ill infants in our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The fund also supports equipment and renovation needs and medical professional continuing education. Make an online donation to this fund.

Adult Health Programs

Blair Reeves Rehabilitation Fund

University Hospital's Reeves Rehabilitation Center has been one the region's leading providers of comprehensive rehabilitation services since 1994. The Center honors the late San Antonio jurist Judge Blair Reeves and his lifelong determination to master the disabilities he sustained in World War II.

This fund provides for special patient needs such as prosthetics and orthotic shoes, department equipment and renovation needs, and for the continuing education of medical professionals. Make an online donation to this fund.

HIV/AIDS Fund

This fund supports the FFACTS Clinic, an outpatient HIV clinic, available to all individuals with HIV/AIDS. It provides primary to specialized medical care, nutritional services to medication assistance and everything in between. Your donation supports clinic equipment, renovation and staff continuing education. Make an online donation to this fund.

Texas Diabetes Institute Fund

The Texas Diabetes Institute is a 153,000 square-foot world-class complex addressing not just the disease but also the life and lifestyle of the patient, the family and the community. Your financial support funds health education, treatment and research to prevent diabetes and its complications. Make an online donation to this fund.

Think Pink Fund

The Think Pink Fund was created to provide women financial assistance with their incidental needs that are not covered by their insurance or provided by community programs. This fund helps women purchase items such as a wig, a hat, a prosthetic or a lymphedema sleeve that can have a significant positive impact in their recovery from breast cancer treatments. Make an online donation to this fund.

Transplant Endowment Fund

This fund helps hundreds of University transplant patients and their families who have exceptional difficulties during the course of their treatment that make it difficult to pay for basics such as gas, food, shelter, utilities, clothing, medications and transportation. Make an online donation to this fund.

Transplant Center Fund

University Transplant Center at University Hospital, in partnership with the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been a pioneering force in organ transplantation since its inception in 1985.

Donations made to this fund make it possible for us to invest in the technology, resources, unit renovation and continuing education for our medical professionals that make ongoing kidney, liver and lung transplants possible. Make an online donation to this fund.

Trauma Fund

This fund supports South Texas’ leading Level l Trauma Center and our Emergency Department located at University Hospital. In 2013, an average of 70,000 patients were treated and 4,340 were admitted due to their serious injuries.

Your donation advances our mission of advancing trauma care that saves lives in our community and region by supporting the special needs of patients, investing and maintaining equipment and technology and providing continuing education for medical professionals. Make an online donation to this fund.

Spiritual Care Programs

Center for Caring Fund

This fund supports spiritual, emotional and professional growth for our staff through the Center for Caring. The program equips staff with tools to cope with the emotional side of providing excellent patient care. Make an online donation to this fund.

Peveto Center for Pastoral Care Fund

This fund provides for the spiritual programming of the Peveto Center for Pastoral Care, a nondenominational spiritual center for patients, families and medical staff to find peace, comfort, hope and healing during life's most difficult times. Make an online donation to this fund.

Employee Programs

Nursing Scholarship Fund

University Health is the first and only health system in San Antonio and South Texas to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It is an elite group – just 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned this designation.

This scholarship program supports an effort to increase the number of degreed nurses and provides scholarships for current employees to receive their nursing degree in exchange for a commitment of service to University Health. Make an online donation to this fund.

Our Sons & Daughters Family Scholarship Fund

This fund is an employee benefit for University Health staff and provides a one-time scholarship to the dependent children of University employees who are pursuing a post-secondary or technical degree. Make an online donation to this fund.