Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Health Care

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November 28, 2011 - Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center

May 30, 2011 - Dr. Howard Marcus

September 1, 2009 - Dr. Leonel Vela - Regional Dean, UT Health Science Center

August 27, 2009 - Dean Patricia Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN - University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston

June 3, 2009 - Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, World-Renowned Medical Researcher

Governor Perry has led the effort to invest millions of dollars in biotechnology and the health care of tomorrow, leveraging the Emerging Technology Fund to help get new technology, treatments and cures to market more quickly. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, funded by Texas voters in 2007, will distribute $3 billion in funding to fight cancer over the next 10 years. Through common sense laws and the spirit of innovation, Texas is well-positioned for the future of health care.

Action Items

»  The governor ceremonially signed Senate Bill 98, which establishes a health science center and medical school in South Texas.

News & Announcements

  • Friday, June 04, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces TETF Investments in Four Houston Area Companies
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is investing in four Houston area companies for the development and commercialization of their innovative technologies.
  • Thursday, June 03, 2010 • San Antonio, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Highly Trained Veterans are an Asset to Our State
    Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated Texas’ commitment to ensuring veterans and their families have the resources necessary to receive an education, get a job and return to civilian life after their deployments are over. The governor was joined by Texas Workforce Commissioner Ronny Congleton to announce a $3 million workforce development initiative, which seeks to maximize a returning veteran’s knowledge, skills and abilities for college credit and employment.
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2010 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Great Institutions Join Forces to Fight Cancer
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the announcement of a major joint cancer research initiative between the A&M System’s National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing (NCTM) and the UT System’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, combining the resources of each institution to advance cancer research in Texas. The governor was joined by Texas A&M University System Chancellor Mike McKinney and University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.
  • Friday, April 30, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Decision on Temporary High-Risk Pool
    Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notifying her that the State of Texas cannot today commit to operating a new temporary high-risk pool program due to the lack of program rules or reliable federal funding.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2010 • Abilene, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Emphasizes Importance of Nurse Training Programs in Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry today emphasized the importance of nurse training programs in Texas to help meet our state’s growing health care demands. The governor presented Hendrick Medical Center with a $175,000 Wagner-Peyser Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to create an accelerated bridge program that will allow students with a Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) degree to become Registered Nurses (RN) in less than a year.