George M. Rapier III, M.D., serves as Chairman and CEO of WellMed Medical Management, Inc., a diversified healthcare company that is one of the fastest growing enterprises in the nation. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, it is South Texas. largest physician-owned practice management company, specializing in senior health care, and the largest primary care provider for seniors in the region. WellMed now serves more than 80,000 patients and health plan members in four states.
In 1990, Dr. Rapier founded WellMed, formerly known as Trinity Medical Group. The company started with $1 million in seed money from insurance giant PacifiCare. Dr. Rapier quickly bought out PacifiCare's interest, and today WellMed employs nearly 2,000 people.
. . . George is quite a hero in this community, and WellMed has set high standards for what a medical group should do . . .
In 2009, the San Antonio Business Journal and Inc. Magazine recognized WellMed as one of the fastest.growing private companies in the region and nation, respectively. Dr. Rapier also was named the 2009 Physician Entrepreneur of the Year by Modern Physician, a leading online news source for healthcare executives and professionals.
In a lengthy profile of Dr. Rapier, the magazine chronicled his nearly two decades of success. San Antonio leaders interviewed by Modern Physician praised Dr. Rapier's accomplishments as a business leader, medical innovator and, particularly, his commitment to the community.
. . . The Rapier Trust has contributed over $20 million to individuals and organizations throughout the San Antonio community . . .
"I've had the good fortune to see a number of really capable entrepreneurs, and Dr. Rapier has been one of the most impressive,. Former HUD Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros told Modern Physician. "WellMed is one of the larger and more successful healthcare providers in our community-it's well respected, doing creative and innovative work, and growing, even beyond San Antonio."
Dr. Fernando Guerra, former Director of Health for the City of San Antonio, cited the decision to supplement influenza vaccinations in recent years through donations from the WellMed Charitable Foundation as an example of Dr. Rapier's generosity and civic leadership.
"George is quite a hero in this community, and WellMed has set high standards for what a medical group should do," Dr. Guerra said.
Dr. Rapier also serves as Chief of Innovation for WellMed. He worked with specialists to develop and implement an award-winning disease management program to enhance the quality of life of WellMed's patient program.
He spearheaded the implementation of a groundbreaking Electronic Medical Records project now in use at all WellMed clinics. Updates continue to customize the program to fit the needs of a primary care practice in the managed care environment.
The latest update included development of a completely portable and personal EMR given to thousands of WellMed patients in the form of a keychain or sturdy rubber wristband so caregivers can have the latest critical medical facts sourced from the Physician EMR.
Dr. Rapier was instrumental in establishing the WellMed Charitable Foundation. The WellMed Charitable Foundation has contributed over $3 million dollars to the Greater San Antonio Community.
In 2006, Dr. Rapier and his wife, Kym, established a personal non.profit charity, the Rapier Family Foundation. Kym serves as the executors of the Rapier Family Foundation. The Rapier Family Foundation has contributed over $20 million to individuals and organizations throughout the San Antonio community.
Dr. Rapier is a Dallas native who earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He interned at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and also completed his residency here. Since 1985, Dr. Rapier has been an assistant professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center.