Dr. Richard Reyna — a co-founder of HealthTexas Medical Group, one of the largest health care provider groups in San Antonio — has been on UT Health San Antonio’s faculty since 1989. Reyna and several colleagues were so moved by the drowning death of a 4-year-old girl named Harper that they formed a nonprofit called Harper’s Embrace Lifesaver Program, or HELP, to teach people CPR. HELP continues to provide no-cost CPR training to the local community in an effort to help others avoid the heartbreak experienced by Harper’s family.
Reyna, a San Antonio native, has been president of HealthTexas since the medical group began operating in 1994. HealthTexas has grown to 17 clinics in the San Antonio area with 312 employees, including 37 physicians. Reyna has been recognized on various lists, including Best Doctors in America, Texas Super Doctors and Best Doctors in San Antonio. Most recently, he was named among the Top Doctors in America by U.S. News and World Report.
What do you consider to be your top achievement in health care in the last year? I … have grown and led my primary care medical group to 53 providers and 17 clinics over the past year.
Tell us about a significant event that makes you reflect: “This is why I do what I do.” As leader of my medical group, I have had the opportunity to learn of patients who have presented with difficult diagnostic dilemmas and who have received great care from their HealthTexas physician. This causes me to reflect that as a physician leader I have had the opportunity to improve the lives of many patients who I may never meet.
What would you like to be remembered for as a Health Care Hero? I have been a faculty member at UT Health San Antonio medical school since 1989 and have had the privilege of meeting and teaching many young physicians how they can hopefully be better physicians.
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