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 HCA Healthcare, 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.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ “20/20 Vision” Strategic Plan deepens the organization’s roots in improving wellness of the least served through the following:
Strategic Focus: Advancing Health Equity to create fair and just opportunities for every person to reach their full potential for health and life and contribute to that of others.
- Resilient Families: Foster the development of empowered and resilient individuals and families such that they are physically, mentally, socially and spiritually healthy and thriving throughout their lives.
- Thriving Communities: Contribute to overall health and well-being of communities through long-term and sustainable collaboration and developing Communities of Solution that foster equitable access and opportunity for all.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries is committed to:
- Go beyond ensuring healthcare access into improving the places where individuals and families live, learn, work, pray, and play. We want to change the vital conditions that impact health and wellbeing, which include basic needs for health and safety, humane housing, reliable transportation, meaningful work and wealth, lifelong learning, belonging and civic muscle, and a thriving natural world.
- Increase fair and just opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, especially people living in poverty. Our commitment to health equity is focused on the reduction of racial and socioeconomic disparities and the understanding that equity is both a goal and a process that must include people with lived experience of inequity as stakeholders.
- Balance between providing high-quality health care, connecting individuals and families to resources, and partnering with communities.
- Partner and collaborate to improve community health and well-being.
- Collaborate with faith communities to create healthy families and communities.
- Value the assets, strengths, and ability of communities to create solutions. We believe it is essential to engage residents and community leaders (especially those with lived experience of inequity) as key voices and thought leaders throughout all stages of planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- Support communities that have been historically excluded or marginalized.
- Embrace new ideas to foster continuous improvement. We support organizational cultures where innovation is welcomed, practiced, tested, and implemented.