I hope you can join me for this momentous occasion for the Eastside and Precinct 4!
Under my leadership the County moved forward in 2015 with the naming of the new facility in honor of Dr. Robert L.M. Hilliard. The naming of a UHS center in honor of a person is a first since 1917 with the construction of the system’s founding hospital, Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital. The new Eastside clinic, in partnership with the San Antonio Housing Authority whom provided the 2-acre site, will bring a higher level of family care to neighborhoods to the east of downtown. The $5 million, 25,000 square foot facility will focus on primary care for adults and children, wellness children check-ups, immunizations and screenings, and women’s health.
Dr. Robert L.M. Hilliard was a pioneer in the medical field who broke down numerous racial barriers for African Americans and medical professionals of color in South Texas. Dr. Hilliard was the first black physician in Bexar County history to receive specialty training at Bexar County Hospital. He was the also the first black physician to serve as Chief Resident of Obstetrics and Gynecology at a major teaching hospital in the segregated south. Additional achievements for Dr. Hilliard include being the first black physician to perform major surgery at all San Antonio hospitals – Santa Rosa, Baptist Memorial, Nix, Metropolitan, Methodist and Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Hilliard also served as President of the National Medical Association, and in 1971 he served as the second black elected official to the San Antonio City Council.