The new vision states “Harris Health will become the premier public academic healthcare system in the nation.” The new mission statement is “Harris Health is a community-focused academic healthcare system dedicated to improving the health of those most in need in Harris County through quality care delivery, coordination of care, and education.”

George V. Masi, president and CEO, says key words to focus on in recognizing the new vision statement are “premier public academic healthcare system.”

“We want to make it very clear that we aspire to be the best academic healthcare system in the nation,” he says. “An important part of our focus is to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

The “Bridge to 2020,” Harris Health’s strategic plan, outlines initiatives Harris Health will accomplish to further its mission and reflects the intention to strengthen its relationship with the community and academic partners. Masi says Harris Health’s affiliation with the Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is indispensable.

“To underscore that, we emphasize it in our mission statement,” he says. “We would not be who we are without our academic partners and our academic partners would not be able to do what they do as training institutions were it not for Harris Health. It’s a wonderful combination and team effort we have with the medical schools.”

The new mission and vision emphasize a commitment to teaching and research in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth, combined with Harris Health’s goal to deliver high-quality care to patients.

“The mission and vision of Harris Health should always be in the forefront,” Masi says. “It helps us to stay on course and better understand where we’re going and how we propose to get there.”