History of the Foundation

The San Antonio Medical Foundation (SAMF), Founders and Directors of the South Texas Medical Center, was formed in 1947 as a 501 (c)(3) Public Charity.  The initial goals were to bring a medical school to San Antonio and add hospitals.   The Mission of the SAMF is to 'Provide leadership and active stewardship of our land and other assets to improve health care, advance biomedical science and enhance community well-being'.  The SAMF serves as a catalyst for the San Antonio and South Texas health care and bioscience industry.

The organization is governed by a 33 member Board comprised of local business, civic and professional leaders.  The Foundation has acquired over 600 acres since the 1950’s in what is now the South Texas Medical Center, and has given over 180 acres to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Other primarily not-for-profit health care and related entities have had another 150 plus acres made available to them.  The Foundation holds an additional approximately 280 acres for entities that will enhance the medical center.  In addition, the Foundation has recently entered into programs addressing youth obesity and corporate wellness as a community service.