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Urology group names cancer facility in honor of its longtime physician leader
November 20, 2012

Urology San Antonio renamed its cancer treatment facility for the medical group's founder and former CEO, Dr. Juan Reyna at a ceremony on Nov. 10. The building at 7718 Louis Pasteur Court in the South Texas Medical Center is now the Dr. Johnny Reyna Center for Cancer Treatment.

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Henry Cisneros the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary and former San Antonio mayor participated in the naming ceremony. Cisneros praised Reyna's contributions to the medical community and shared his own experience being treated for prostate cancer this summer at the center that now bears his urologist's name.

"As a resident of central San Antonio, I can say that we don't have a lot of people who have grown up on the West and South sides who have a building named after them in the Medical Center," Cisneros told the crowd of about 200. "This is a big deal. I am so proud that this son of San Antonio has set an example and set a path to touch people's lives, to encourage people to excel, and that [his name] will be inscribed in stone on the name of this healing facility."

Reyna opened his urology practice as a solo practitioner in downtown San Antonio in 1981. Through recruitment and mergers, he expanded the business to include 29 physicians, 200 employees, eight urology clinics and the cancer treatment facility devoted to external beam radiation therapy. Today, Urology San Antonio is one of the largest private medical practices in the city and one of the largest urology groups in the United States. Reyna served as the group's leader for 30 years before stepping down in May. He continues to practice medicine with the group he founded.

Now, as president emeritus, Reyna has devoted himself to championing Urology San Antonio's community-focused initiatives. At the naming ceremony, Reyna and his wife Joni announced that they are establishing a charitable foundation whose mission is to promote prostate cancer awareness and provide patient support. The foundation will be called "Los Padres" or "The Fathers" in recognition of all of the men affected by prostate cancer.

In 2013, Los Padres and Urology San Antonio will collaborate with the national nonprofit organization ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer - to sponsor the first prostate cancer awareness and fundraising run in San Antonio.

Joni Reyna explained that both she and her husband's fathers had cancer when they died. The couple views their decision to establish the foundation and their roles as the race organizers as tributes to their dads, she added.

The 10,500-square-foot building, now called the Dr. Johnny Reyna Center for Cancer Treatment, opened in 2005 under the name Urology San Antonio Center for Prostate Cancer Treatment.

 

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