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Texas State official moving to Seton job


Austin-American Statesman (11/18/2004)
By Miguel Liscano

Gerald Hill will handle public policy, work with lawmakers

Former state Rep. Gerald Hill has taken an executive position with the Seton Healthcare Network, saying he is leaving his longtime fund-raising post at Texas State University-San Marcos to pursue dreams of improving health care accessibility in Texas.

Hill, 57, said he will formally become senior vice president of advocacy and communications for Seton in January, giving him time to finish work at the university.

He will handle public policy, legislative and regulatory issues for the health care network, which includes Seton Medical Center and Brackenridge Hospital.

"I enjoy the legislative process and dealing with medical and health care issues," Hill said. "So this is a chance to kind of get back into that."

Hill, who served four terms in the House of Representatives, said he would work with legislators on policy issues such as how to insure Texans with no medical coverage. Last year, Seton spent millions of dollars in uncompensated care, he said, which drives up the price of health care for all Texans.

"How you provide adequate access and affordable health care throughout the country is a major public policy issue we are all going to be dealing with for years to come," Hill said.

He'll also serve as a liaison for the development of academic campuses, he said. Hill served for eight years as vice chancellor of governmental relations for the University of Texas System, where he also worked with the university's medical institutions.