May 1, 2013
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today authorized the execution of a contract to create a family medicine residency program with Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria, Texas.
“One of my goals for the Texas A&M System is to create new opportunities for students to develop, while adding value to the state,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System. “This is a great example and we are proud to have the opportunity to partner with DeTar.”
DeTar Healthcare System is a 304-bed two-hospital system that provides care for Victoria and its surrounding counties, a 5,200 square mile area and a population of 164,467. As part of the Region 5 Texas 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver, DeTar requested to establish a Family Medicine Residency Program in South Texas to serve this population. The area is cited as Medicaid underserved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
TAMHSC-College of Medicine will create a new accredited Family Medicine residency program. The proposed contract will result in revenue to TAMHSC over a four-year period that will support the costs of creating the program.
“The prospect of a residency program to develop family practice resources in our community is very exciting,” said William R. Blanchard, FACHE, chief executive officer for the DeTar Healthcare System. “We look forward to further exploring this opportunity to work with the Texas A&M System.”
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, nine state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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