UTRGV Athletics partnering with UT Health RGV

  Monday, January 27, 2020
  Around Campus, Announcements

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The UTRGV Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and UT Health RGV are partnering to keep the university’s student-athletes in the game.

UT Health RGV is now the official and exclusive healthcare provider for UTRGV Athletics, as part of a formal partnership designed to provide quality, comprehensive care and education to student-athletes throughout their time at the university.

UTRGV student-athletes have access to UT Health RGV’s sports medicine team physicians and orthopedic surgeons, as well as to specialists in primary care, mental health, women’s health, psychiatry and neurology, ear, nose & throat, plastic surgery and nutrition.

Dr. John H. Krouse, UTRGV executive vice president for Health Affairs and dean for the School of Medicine, said the partnership is a testament to the commitment and pride both programs bring to the region.

“UT Health RGV is a catalyst in providing healthcare needs to the Rio Grande Valley,” Krouse said. “It is only fitting that we would want the same level of exceptional care for our student-athletes.”

Chasse Conque, UTRGV vice president and director of Athletics, said partnering with UT Health RGV is a meaningful step forward for the entire athletics program.

“We are grateful to Dr. Krouse and his entire team for their investment in UTRGV Athletics, and we look forward to growing together for many years to come,” Conque said. “UT Health RGV is transforming the Valley, while UTRGV Athletics is aiming to rally the Valley. Together, we will lock arms to raise the standard for healthcare both for our student-athletes and throughout the region.”

Michael Patriarca, UTRGV senior associate vice president for Health Affairs and executive vice dean for finance and administration at the School of Medicine, said the collaboration is a way to bridge the two entities in a positive and supportive working relationship.

“This partnership ties our brands together as we are both growing and transforming the Valley,” Patriarca said. “UT Health RGV is committed to the highest standard of quality in patient care for the Rio Grande Valley.”


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.