University Health System — which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the start of its mission in 2017 — was front and center for the 300th anniversary of the founding of the City of San Antonio in May.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg visited University Hospital on May 1, 2018 — the date Misión San Antonio de Valero was founded three centuries ago – for a special “Next Generation of Babies” event. To mark that 300th birthday, they brought gifts for little Yaslyn Levani — born at University Hospital on May 1, two minutes into San Antonio’s birthday.
Judge Wolff and Mayor Nirenberg, along with University Health System leadership, spoke of the work happening in 2018 across the community to improve access to health, educational and cultural resources as the foundation for the next 300 years. The goal of San Antonio’s year-long Tricentennial Celebration was to raise awareness of the impact San Antonio has had on the state, nation and world since its founding, and to engage people and organizations throughout the community in making San Antonio and Bexar County the best place for Yaslyn and all the other tricentennial babies to grow up in.
The first 300 babies born at University Hospital during San Antonio’s 300th birthday month received special keepsake “I am the next generation” knitted caps.
Misión San Antonio de Valero, later known as The Alamo Mission, was founded on May 1, 1718. Soon after, Presidio San Antonio de Béxar was established to protect the new mission.