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SAN ANTONIO – Sandy Ethridge, with more than three decades of leadership in health care to her credit, has been named president of the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland, or The MAC, which constitutes a revolutionary new approach to helping address medical, therapeutic and non-medical drivers of health faced by those with special needs.
Located within walking distance of world-renowned Morgan’s Wonderland theme park, The MAC offers a coordinated approach to providing medical and non-medical services to children and adults with special needs and disabilities. It’s the newest addition to Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative, the nonprofit, umbrella organization that coordinates planning, fundraising and communications among the Morgan’s Wonderland “family” of endeavors designed with those with special needs in mind and built for everyone’s benefit.
“We’re truly delighted to have someone with the experience and passion of Sandy Ethridge to lead The MAC and its growth,” said Dr. Brent Fields, Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative CEO. “She has achieved great things throughout her career that began in San Antonio. Sandy will assume her new duties Sept. 5, so it will be a homecoming for her, her husband and daughter.”
Ethridge, reporting directly to enterprise CEO Dr. Brent Fields, was born in Tulia, Texas, began her career in 1993 in the radiology technology program of the Baptist School of Health Professions in San Antonio. She assumed positions of greater responsibility as her husband’s Air Force career necessitated moves to various stateside bases. Along the way, she earned a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and a master’s degree from the University of St. Francis.
She held multiple high-level leadership posts within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio before moving to Amarillo in 2019 and serving most recently as chief operating officer at the Northwest Texas Health Care System, a 500-bed medical center.
Ethridge will lead a staff of approximately 65 – including an all-female leadership team – at the colorful, three-story, 165,000-square-foot MAC that opened last October. It houses more than 30 community-based organizations and providers, our MAC partners, working together to address the multi-faceted needs of individuals with cognitive and physical special needs. As The MAC moves forward, its network of MAC Partners will expand to address an even wider range of challenges faced by those with special needs. Each client, or MAC Member, is assigned a specially-educated Navigator to coordinate care, schedule follow-up appointments and track progress.
“Knowledge gained by Morgan’s Wonderland staff through countless interactions with guests with special needs led to the creation of The MAC,” said Gordon Hartman, who along with wife Maggie built Morgan’s Wonderland and other Ultra-Accessible™, fully-inclusive ventures. “Providing services in a coordinated manner through The MAC establishes a new standard of care, not only in San Antonio but across the state and nation as well as internationally. The true inspiration for The MAC and everything else we’ve been able to accomplish is our daughter with special needs, Morgan.”
The MAC is located at 5210 Thousand Oaks Drive near IH 35 in Northeast San Antonio. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Additional information can be found at www.MorgansWonderlandMAC.com.
For more about Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative, visit www.InclusionStartsHere.com or www.GoInclusion.com.
Ultra-Accessible™ refers to removing both physical and economic barriers that confront children and adults with special needs. This means that those with and without special needs can come together in a fully-inclusive environment for interaction and a better understanding of one another.
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