Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for uninsured and low-income families through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas.
Building partnerships through collaboration is a key objective of Methodist Healthcare Ministries' mission. Using an asset-based and client-centered approach, Methodist Healthcare Ministries' community engagement efforts seek to champion and empower the community voice. With a focus on developing long-lasting, trusting relationships, Methodist Healthcare Ministries connects communities to identify health issues and design collaborative, community-driven solutions. Methodist Healthcare Ministries takes a community-wide, or regional, approach to health improvement with intentional investments in each region—a strategy Methodist Healthcare Ministries refers to as regionalization. Through community engagement, Methodist Healthcare Ministries works to infuse health equity principles by highlighting the social determinants of health—the unique social and physical conditions in which community members live, learn, work, play and pray—that are present in its service region to improve health for all.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries also works with similarly focused organizations and state government in developing more socially conscious public policy. The purpose is to change legislative perspectives and policies so that the root of the problems of the underserved is addressed for the long term.
In 1955, the Southwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church chartered the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital; it opened in 1963. Its purpose was to deliver and promote improved health care as well as enhance access to health care with concern to include those least served. From this charter and that first hospital, Methodist Healthcare System was formed in 1995 and today is the largest healthcare provider in San Antonio and 24 surrounding counties. Since 1995, in partnership with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. has retained one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System and provides the local governance to ensure that the needs of the greater community are served.
The mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries is:
"Serving Humanity to Honor God"
This mission includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System – the largest healthcare system in South Texas. This creates a unique avenue to ensure the Methodist Healthcare System continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed, and it provides revenue to Methodist Healthcare Ministries for its programs.
- Facilitate access to primary care.
- Increase focus on churches in the Rio Texas Conference area to improve health.
- Preserve, enhance, strengthen, develop and integrate the Methodist Healthcare System as part of Methodist Healthcare Ministries' charitable purpose and mission.
- Develop opportunities to collaborate with the Methodist Healthcare System and the Healthcare Corporation of America to improve health.
- Engage with other high performing organizations through facilitation, leadership and collaboration.
- Enhance and expand the Wesley Nurse program.
- Improve data and analytical capabilities.
- Influence healthcare policy through research and advocacy.