Since its inception, the South Texas Medical Center has grown and evolved beyond its original scope. A strategic physical master plan addressing its continual growth was necessary in order to ensure the healthy development of the area. The Medical Center Alliance (MCA) was created in order to oversee all expansion aspects of the center.
The Medical Center Alliance (MCA) was formed in 1998 primarily to address traffic congestion through street improvements and signage enhancement and to promote the continued economic growth of the STMC. However, its role has expanded and it now oversees other initiatives pertaining to growth, functionality and community involvement.
The MCA’s membership is made up of the eight largest landowners in the STMC: Baptist Health System, Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the UT Health Science Center, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Healthcare, San Antonio Medical Foundation, Methodist Healthcare, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, University Health System and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
From the beginning, the MCA has partnered with the City of San Antonio, leading to the completion and upgrade of major STMC intersections, as well as new wayfinding signage throughout the area. All remaining intersections are expected to be completed within the next seven years. The MCA is also committed to numerous initiatives to heighten awareness of the STMC as a valuable resource and an asset to this community and the South Texas area as a whole.
Bill Balthrope – Chairman of the Medical Center Alliance