SAN MARCOS, TX – Lenore DePagter, DO, officially became the physician practice administrator of Live Oak Health Partners Primary & Specialty Care, a group of Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) physicians, last month.
“I’m really energized and excited,” she said. “I want Live Oak to be the premier multi-specialty group in the Tri-County area.”
For the past six years, DePagter was a clinic physician at the Texas State University Student Health Center and served as the chief medical officer.
Besides fulfilling duties as the physician practice administrator of Live Oak Health Partners, DePagter also sees adult and children patients at the San Marcos Primary Care location of the group practice. She has been an officer in the Tri-County Medical Society and is active in the Texas Medical Association, where she recently completed her tenure as Chair of the Young Physicians Section.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. DePagter as physician practice administrator of Live Oak Health Partners,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “She is a pillar in the local healthcare community, and she is eager to extend the hospital’s mission.”
DePagter is originally from the Rio Grande Valley and speaks Spanish fluently. A recipient of the Tomas Rivera Scholarship for Latino Students, she attended Texas State University – San Marcos with the original intent to study music. After a family member was affected by coronary artery disease, she changed to a pre-medical emphasis and went on to finish an undergraduate degree in biology, DePagter has a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Scott & White Memorial Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and their twin children.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.