Jennifer Newell & Betty’s Co. Win Grand Prize at Tech Fuel Pitch Competition

From left, Katherine Nydegger, Tech Bloc’s program manager, Deborah Carter, director of economic and community development at Bexar County, Jennifer Newell, Founder & CEO of Betty’s Co., and Dirk Elmendorf at the Tech Fuel event on October 14th, 2021.
San Antonio-based Betty’s Co. won the $50,000 grand prize in the 2021 iteration of Tech Fuel. The startup pitch competition for early stage tech ventures was hosted by Bexar County and Tech Bloc, a local tech advocacy nonprofit, at a Thursday night event at the Tobin Center downtown.

A total of $100,000 was given out with every finalist receiving a cash prize.

Betty’s Co. is an online women-focused health company that offers health and wellness counseling, resources and products, most geared to younger women. Founded in January 2020 by Jennifer Newell, the startup plans to eventually serve as a one-stop shop for women seeking health care, particularly gynecological care.

Newell is creating a mobile app, mobile clinic, as well as partnerships with universities to provide these type of resources, as previously reported by the Business Journal.

The competition initially selected 25 semifinalists to pitch to a panel of judges in one of five semi-final brackets.

Other finalists included runner-up Alt-Bionics, a biotech company developing bionic limbs for amputees. Third prize winner EmGenisys improves animal production and promotes sustainability through reproductive technologies. Other honorees included IncentiFind, which helps developers, property owners and tenants find money for their real-estate and home improvement projects; and Astroport Space Technologies Inc., which converts moon dust into bricks and material for 3D construction printing of lunar infrastructure.

Originally launched in 2016 as a $50,000 competition, TechFuel doubled the prize money in 2019 through additional funding from the county’s Innovation Fund. Each fiscal year, $1 million in economic incentive funds are allocated by the county to this fund to foster local job recruitment, talent development competitions, business expansion and technical workforce training for targeted technology-based industries.

In 2020, San Antonio-based Backcountry Mills LLC, which does business as Grain4Grain and develops grain drying technology, won the $50,000 grand prize, while the previous year, Rectify, a data protection and privacy startup launched in 2018, won the grand prize.

As reported by    of the San Antonio Business Journal

La Gente Consulting, LLC: Healthcare Vacancies in San Antonio

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a new healthcare position in San Antonio contact Chris Armijo at La Gente Consulting, LLC.

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American Doctors Address COVID-19 Misinformation with SCOTUS Press Conference

*We embedded this video from Facebook when we first posted this item on July 27th. Within 24 hours Facebook had removed access to the video for everyone saying it was not true according to their “fact-checkers”.  We had no idea the fact-checkers at Facebook had medical degrees, but thought you should be able to see it. Click here or on the screenshot above to watch the press conference in its entirety on BitChute.

As a corollary to the above story, America’s Frontline Doctors reported on the 28th that their host provider had taken down their website. It’s strange, if their treatment protocols have no merit why fear the message? Where’s the willingness to exchange ideas and debate the pros and cons of a particular treatment? Many of those opposing the use of HCQ as a treatment for COVID seem to rely on Dr. Fauci’s more recent comments, but since NIH research appears to substantiate its efficacy why should those findings be questioned at this particular point in time?

New! July 31st. Dr. Simone Gold falls victim to a further act of censorship, reporting she was fired for appearing in the America’s Frontline Doctors press conference video.



See also:

Yale Epidemiology Professor says HCQ could save lives for COVID patients.

Ohio Pharmacy Board reverses ban on HCQ


COVID-19 Series with Front-Line Leaders: Chris Van Gorder, FACHE of Scripps Health

April 3, 2020 12:30–1:15 p.m. Central time

Join ACHE and Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, president and CEO of Scripps Health, for a free webinar on COVID-19, April 3, 12:30–1:15 p.m., Central time. During the webinar, Van Gorder will share insights into how his organization is addressing this unprecedented crisis and best practices that can be applied in your own organization.

This webinar is the first in a series of executive insights that ACHE will be sharing regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is one of many tools and resources available to healthcare professionals on

Please note that this webinar is free and not eligible for ACHE Qualified Education credits.

STC-ACHE Offering 1.5 Face-to-Face Education Credits at their April 3rd Lunch & Learn

Join the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives as we host our Spring Lunch-N-Learn offering 1.5 Face-To-Face Education Credits.

Title: Diversity: Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients

Description: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients face many challenges in accessing knowledgeable, unbiased and welcoming healthcare in all practice settings. The potential and/or fear of receiving derogatory remarks, unequitable care, or being turned away from treatment often deters some of the LGBT community and their families from seeking healthcare services. Healthcare equality for all people is a guiding principle of the healthcare management profession. However, discrimination towards the LGBT community continues in the healthcare environment today. This panel discussion will focus on the need to strengthen the pursuance of equity of care and to foster inclusion of LGBT patients and employees.

Our moderator, Amy Stone, Ph.D of Trinity University is an accomplished sociologist who has recently published research on this topic and excited to share / discuss. Join her and our panelists for what is sure to be an enlightening and professionally broadening luncheon. Your ticket includes lunch consisting of Brisket, Smoked Turkey, and Pulled Pork along with all the fixings. Alcohol is available for purchase separately.

12:00 PM – 12:30PM Registration/Networking/Lunch

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Diversity: Fostering Inclusion of LGBT Patients

Moderator: Amy Stone, Ph.D of Trinity University

Panelist #1: Howard Rogers, LMFT; Executive Director, Alamo Area Resource Center

Panelist #2: Peter Andrew Guarnero, R.N.,Ph.D.,M.Sc.; Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, UTHSCA & Director of Nursing, Pride Community Clinic

Panelist #3: Marcos Garcia; Associate Director, Healthcare Equality Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

REGISTRATION FEES (ACHE Member / Nonmember/ Student)

Before March 23nd: $30 / $40 / $20

After March 23rd: $35 / $45 / $25

No Refunds or Cancellations after April 1, 2020

Register on Eventbrite!

For questions, contact Brian Turner, MHA, MBA, FACHE at [email protected]

MR3 Health Recognized as TOP 10 Pioneer in Patient Monitoring by MD Tech Review

MD Tech Review, a curated knowledge network for physicians and health professionals, has included MR3 Health in it’s list of Top 10 Patient Monitoring pioneers of 2019. The list is included in their December 2019 issue which is devoted to the preventive health benefits and reductions in the costs of care to be realized through effective remote patient monitoring (RPM). The full article, which features an interview with MR3 president, Stan Marett, can be read here. Stan is a regular at our monthly mixers and we’re pleased to share this success with our HLSA family.

Congratulations Stan!


Jennifer Newell Documents Her Entrepreneurial Journey in “Building Betty’s”

HLSA member and marketing advisor Jennifer Newell is documenting her entrepreneurial journey to launch Betty’s Co., a combination of clinic and services aimed at providing a comfortable, one-stop-shop approach for young ladies as they transition from adolescence to women’s health. Jennifer has started a YouTube channel, “Building Betty’s”, to share her experiences with her company to mentor and encourage other young entrepreneurs. Watch Jennifer’s announcement below and be sure to subscribe to her channel at

HLSA Members Offered Discount on Featherstone Executive Lab!

Dr. Sarah Bodner is graciously offering HLSA members a 15 percent discount on her Featherstone Executive Lab, which will be offered in five separate modules on specific dates between January 30th and May 15th of 2020. Dr. Bodner is a highly acclaimed coach and executive advisor whose clients have included Fortune 500 leaders from the fashion, chemical, medical, energy and airline industries. The Lab is designed to help successful leaders take their skills to the next level, and is a good fit for:

  • Leaders new to an executive role
  • Leaders leading strategic initiatives
  • Experienced senior leaders simply wanting to grow their skills

The Lab is capped at 10 registrants to allow each member to receive individualized attention and for the program to be customized to meet the needs of the participants.  Download the Featherstone Executive Lab flyer here, or for more information, or to apply go to To be eligible for the 15 percent discount, select “HLSA” in the application dropdown that asks, “How did you hear about the Lab?”.



Save the Date! Healthcare Landscape 2020 is Friday, January 31, 2020

Healthcare Landscape 2020 will take place Friday, January 31, 2020 at the St. George Maronite Center  at 6070 Babcock Road here in San Antonio. This the South Texas Annual Joint Conference on the future of healthcare, led by the South Texas Chapter of ACHE, the South Texas Chapter of HFMA and the Greater San Antonio Healthcare Foundation. The focus for this year’s conference will be Innovating for the Futureand will feature a keynote address by Gus Cardenas, President & CEO of the Austin Healthcare Council, on  Disrupting Healthcare Through Innovation. The day-long conference will offer presentations and insights from a number of distinguished healthcare leaders from San Antonio and across Texas including Allen Harrison, President & CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, George Hernandez, President & CEO of University Health System and Ted Shaw, President & CEO of the Texas Hospital Association. Healthcare Landscape is one of San Antonio’s most significant conferences in terms of value and industry insights and is an opportunity not to be missed.  You can download the conference agenda here and register for Healthcare Landscape 2020 here.

Interested in supporting Healthcare Landscape 2020? See the suggested support levels here and contact Jim Hall, STC-ACHE Treasurer at [email protected].



Vice Admiral (Ret) Raquel Bono, MD to speak at Holly Auditorium on November 21st

Dear Colleagues,

Please gather with your friends and colleagues on Nov. 21 for the Military Health Institute Distinguished Lecture featuring Vice Admiral (Ret) Raquel Bono, MD, the former Director of the Defense Health Agency.

Dr. Bono led the unprecedented merger of four separate health delivery systems into an integrated system of readiness and health for the entire military. She will share her experiences and insight for designing and sustaining a value-based health system through disruptive leadership.

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Bono’s presentation from 6:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. in the Holly Auditorium on the UT Health San Antonio campus, located at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center.

For more details and to register, please visit:

With great respect,

Byron C. Hepburn, M.D., FAAFP

Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.