Patient’s Institute Gala Honors Own

In San Antonio guests recently gathered at the Betty Howard Carriage House to honor four local healthcare visionaries. This annual awards ceremony pays tribute to Dr. Irving Ratner’s memory and success as a physician, and honors current physicians who are living his legacy. Founded in 2008, The Patient Institute is an independent non-for-profit charitable research and educational institution whose mission is to empower patients and their caregivers to navigate the healthcare system. The Institute accomplishes its mission by providing free educational programs, developing and disseminating healthcare navigation tools, and performing research both directly and in partnership with other organizations in the community. The evening owes a special thanks to benefactor level sponsors: Harbour Hospice, and Adam, Joan and Varda Ratner, and to the evening’s co-chairs, Shari Pulman and Cynthia Kirksey. The guests enjoyed music by The Merchants of Jazz band and delicious food by Signature Catering.

“Compassion has driven the work of each of tonight’s honorees,” said Francesca Garrett, Chief Operating Officer of the Patient Institute. “Each saw a need in our city, in our healthcare system, and worked tirelessly to address it.” Today over a thousand patients a day are served by San Antonio’s 28 hospices, five of which named Dr. Primomo as their medical director. These honorees embody the “patient first” spirit of the late Dr. Irving Ratner, whose memory is honored by The Patient Institute. Ratner was the first pediatric surgeon in South Texas and cared for thousands of patients and their families.

Recipient George B. Hernández, Jr., JD, President & Chief Executive Officer of University Health, was recently named one of the Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives by Modern Healthcare for his innovative approach to care, and his expansion and modernization of healthcare resources in our city. Alvin Loewenberg, President & Chief Executive Officer of Morningside Ministries for more than 23 years, has created a legacy of compassion and warmth through his tireless work for San Antonio’s senior population. John Mangos, M.D., of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, has developed and implemented innovative programs to help infants, youths and families coping with HIV/AIDS and cystic fibrosis for more than 50 years. Marion Primomo, M.D., one of just five women in her medical school in 1944, became medical director of San Antonio’s first hospice at St. Benedict’s facility. We are delighted to support these vital men and women’s goals with the Patient’s Institute.


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