San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular Clinic, or SAVE Clinic, opened its doors in the Southside to address the medical needs of the community while promoting prevention measures for a healthier life. The clinic’s team and services continue to grow, but maintain “the same passion,” according to President and Vascular Surgeon Lyssa Ochoa, during the opening event.
On Thursday, May 24, city leaders, and business and health professionals celebrated at the SAVE Clinic’s opening. It was a joyous event, as the clinic will bring positive results to Southside neighborhood.
“I didn’t think I was going to be a doctor. My father pushed me in the process. Now I have a mission, and the best part is that I am not alone. I am accompanied by people that believe change is possible. We are going to grow, but our priority is to maintain that same passion for the work we do,” Dr. Ochoa said. Ochoa is one of the few Hispanic board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeons in San Antonio.
Dignitaries present lauded the clinics opening. Community leader and former state senator Leticia Van de Putte addressed guests, praising the clinic for helping ‘reduce the health disparities in the community,’ District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval described the opening of the clinic as a ‘great achievement’ and referred to Dr. Ochoa as ‘a leader needed in the community.’ District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran called the clinic “an emblematic place in the transformation of the neighborhood,’ and lauded Dr. Ochoa’s leadership and vision. Likewise, Anil Mangle, Ph.D. from UIW School of Medicine, discussed partnering with SAVE Clinic to address Social Determinants of Health.
Before finalizing the ribbon cutting, State Representative Ina Minjarez, on behalf of the Texas House of Representatives, delivered a congratulatory resolution to Dr. Ochoa. This was followed by a toast to honor Dr. Ochoa, future patients, and the families that will be impacted by the services SAVE will provide. The Hispanic and South Chambers of Commerce of San Antonio were in charge of the ribbon cutting.
Attendees enjoyed a menu of healthy drinks and snacks, provided by the San Antonio Food Bank’s Mobile Mercado, in an effort with SAVE to promote healthy eating and well being.
All of Dr. Ochoa’s team was present to attend to guests and provide guided tours of the clinic and its equipment.
Photos by Jenny Jiang
Translation by Amanda Lozano