Methodist Healthcare Teams Up with Beloved Local Couple to Promote a Healthier San Antonio

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December 12, 2018




Sean and Claudia Zapata-Elliott to be health ambassadors for largest health system in South Texas
 
San Antonio, Texas – December 2018 – Methodist Healthcare System welcomes two exciting new additions to the Methodist Healthcare family:  husband and wife, Sean Elliott and Claudia Zapata-Elliott.  The health system has entered into a three-year partnership with the couple that incorporates the two in blog articles, event appearances, health promotion ads, advertorials and social media messages.

The couple has a history with Methodist Healthcare. Sean Elliott received his kidney transplant in 1999 at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital and continues to get his care with Methodist physicians. The Elliotts are eager to take their combined passion of health and wellness and work with Methodist Healthcare to educate the San Antonio community on living healthier lifestyles.

"Methodist saved my life. The team of doctors, nurses and staff at Methodist provided me with the best care available when I had my kidney transplant. I could have gone anywhere in the world, and I chose Methodist," said Sean Elliott. "All of our kids were born at Methodist," added Claudia Zapata-Elliott. "And, as a couple who embraces healthy living, partnering with Methodist Healthcare to help lead San Antonio to a healthier place offers us a great opportunity to give back and empower and enrich our community. We're very excited about our collaboration."

“This partnership is a great example of living our core competency of building partnerships in community.  The Elliotts’ combined passion for health and wellness and their past patient experience at our facilities will create a powerful partnership as we all work to educate our community on living healthier lifestyles,” states Allen Harrison, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare.  The health care system also has long-standing partnerships with UTSA Athletics and Spurs Sports and Entertainment, being the official health care partners of both entities.

The first community outreach effort with the couple is a campaign encouraging women to get their annual mammograms as the screening can detect cancer early – when it is most treatable.  Sean and Claudia will work together to remind women to go get screened and, as an incentive, South Texas Radiology Imaging Centers (STRIC) will give a commemorative #32 Elliott shirt to women who go to one of their centers, beginning in mid-January 2019.  STRIC is a partnership between Methodist Healthcare and South Texas Radiology Group.

The former Spurs player and current San Antonio Spurs broadcaster and, the healthy foodie and registered dietitian nutritionist have made San Antonio their home. Over the years, they have unselfishly given back to numerous organizations in many ways.  Methodist Healthcare feels blessed to have drafted the couple to their team and looks forward to having them both as ambassadors to make San Antonio a healthier place to live.
 
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About Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio
 
Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio is the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas with 28 facilities including nine acute care hospitals serving over 94,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients annually. The System team is comprised of 11,000 employees, making Methodist Healthcare System the second largest private employer in San Antonio. The Texas Quality Foundation selected Methodist Healthcare System to receive the 2014 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, making Methodist the first and only health care system in South Texas to receive this award, which requires an organization to demonstrate its commitment to the highest quality standards. With more than 2,700 credentialed physicians, Methodist Healthcare System provides the largest array of medical services in the region including neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, transplants, oncology and women’s services. The health system is equally co-owned by HCA and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries.  HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 178 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics in 20 states and the United Kingdom.  Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant making in 74 counties across South Texas. Visit http://www.SAHealth.com to learn more.

 
Contact:
Palmira Arellano, VP-Communications
210-325-2295