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  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Freedom, Responsibility and Teamwork in South Texas | San Antonio Express News

    June 30, 2020
    Dr. Ronald Stewart, trauma surgeon at University Hospital and chair of the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio, explains how everyone in our community must do their part to help slow the spread of the virus in this Opinion Letter, COVID-19 Pandemic: Freedom, Responsibility and Teamwork in South Texas, published in the San Antonio Express News on June 30, 2020.
  • COVID-19 Update: Tracking COVID-19 in San Antonio

    June 29, 2020
    COVID-19 infections are spiking and local hospitals are seeing heavy surges of very sick patients. A lot of good data about what is happening are available on Metro Health’s website, but it can be overwhelming for people who don’t study it every day. Dr. Bryan Alsip is chief medical officer for University Health System, a member of the COVID-19 Health Transition Team, and serves on the Community Response Coalition’s Indicator Monitoring Workgroup. Dr. Alsip explains some...
  • San Antonio hospitals actively managing COVID-19 surge and counting on the community's help to reduce the spread

    June 26, 2020
    The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in San Antonio has quadrupled in the past two weeks and we are deeply concerned.
  • COVID-19: the pandemic from a CF patient perspective

    June 23, 2020
    Stephanie Hansen has been watching the COVID-19 pandemic from an unusual vantage point – she has been practicing physical distancing since she was three years old. Hansen, 30, has cystic fibrosis, which makes her especially vulnerable to respiratory infections, and she’s made more trips to the hospital than she’d like when it gets hard to breathe. In January, she was at University Hospital recovering from a serious infection caused by the common cold, when she saw on the...
  • Our chief nurse executive among most influential in the country

    June 19, 2020
    Tommye Austin, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at University Health System, is being recognized alongside some of the country’s best-known healthcare figures as one of the 50 most influential clinical executives in the country. The list published by Modern Healthcare includes Dr. Deborah Birx, the Trump administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “I am very...
  • COVID-19 update: hospitalizations on the rise

    June 19, 2020
    A significant and rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at all San Antonio hospitals is very concerning. With Juneteenth observances and the Father’s Day weekend, we urge people to be diligent about hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance and wearing masks in public spaces when distancing is not possible. These tactics are proven to reduce the spread of the virus. Here’s the status today on a scale of: Good, OK, Concerning or Crisis. Supplies –...
  • University Health System begins processing COVID-19 tests from across Texas

    June 09, 2020
    University Health System began processing COVID-19 tests from across the state, using expanded capacity that it has been building for several months.
  • 9-year-old boy donating teddy bears with masks for transplant children

    May 29, 2020
    9-year old Mateo Alcorta will present University Health System Transplant Center staff with 80 teddy bears for their youngest transplant patients.
  • Kids and COVID

    May 14, 2020
    One of the comforts we have taken in this pandemic is the fact that children with confirmed COVID-19 cases have largely presented with milder symptoms. The most common symptoms are cough, sore throat, and fever. Now healthcare providers are seeing a small but disturbing set of related cases: some children who have tested positive for the virus develop an inflammatory syndrome that affects the vascular system and potentially the heart. Dr. Rob Sanders, medical director of University Health...
  • Living donor transplants resume at University Hospital

    May 13, 2020
    University Health System Transplant Center has performed its first living donor transplant since COVID-19 forced the postponement of all non-emergency surgeries in March. During March and April, the team continued with transplants for critically ill patients when deceased organs became available. Thirty patients received the gift of life during that time. “We had to make a decision on how to best protect our patients,” said Jennifer Milton, the chief administrative officer for...
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