Christann M. Vasquez, MHA, who recently conducted the plans and opening of a new hospital in San Antonio, has been named as the first president of Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the new Austin teaching hospital that is expected to open in 2017. Vasquez is leaving a position as executive vice president and chief operating officer of University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio to join the project next month.
Vasquez will be responsible for the opening of the facility, and will become a member of a team of Seton executives and UMC Brackenridge medical staff. She will start working next month, by the time a groundbreaking event is scheduled for Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.
While the medical school, which is currently being built, is scheduled to launch in 2016, the new hospital that will replace the University Medical Center Brackenridge is planned to debut a year later. Her responsibilities include coordinating the collaboration between the medical staff and the medical school, recruiting faculty for the school, and strengthening clinical programs.
“Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will be at the center of a medical district designed to research and transform how health care is delivered,” said the president and chief executive officer of Seton, Jesús Garza. “A modern, person-centered approach to care depends on leadership’s ability to collaborate with diverse partners. Chris demonstrated that strength in San Antonio, and we will see her bringing that dimension here, working with staff, doctors and our academic, entrepreneurial and public partners.”
Vasquez will now leave the UHS, a partner of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2009. During that time, she was responsible for overall operational and financial accountability for University Hospital, Texas Diabetes Institute, Community Medicine Associates, 16 ambulatory sites and clinics, six ExpressMed sites and all of its facilities, and support services.
Most recently, Vasquez has also led the strategic planning for and construction of a replacement for the University Hospital. In addition, at the beginning of the month, she was named 2014 Corporate Executive of the Year by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
With a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from George Williams College in Illinois, her prior career includes her work at the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, as vice president and chief executive office. Vasquez has also served as chief operating and chief financial officer for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services.