Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Huntsville, TX

Project Description

Sam Houston State University, a member of the Texas State University System, is officially taking a new step in expanding its degree offerings and answering a call for improved healthcare needs in East Texas. A proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine to be located in Conroe, Texas, now has an architecture firm leading the project. Page was awarded the prime architectural and engineering contract in June of 2018 and is working in association with The SLAM Collaborative, a nationally recognized medical school planning and architecture firm. Engineering is underway.

Due to the state’s geographic size and population clusters, rural healthcare access in Texas is limited. The US Rural Health Report Card compares states with rural counties in the categories of mortality, quality of life and access to care and the most recent figures show that 80 counties in Texas have merely five or fewer doctors and 35 counties have no doctor at all.

Sam Houston State University envisions graduates of its school of medicine playing a role in emphasizing wellness through health promotion and disease prevention by integrating the patient into the healthcare process as a partner. While osteopathic doctors can be found in all types of environments and specialties, the majority follow the osteopathic tradition of primary care.