Central Health Stories are true accounts of the people of Travis County who are sick or in need, especially those who are the most vulnerable and with the least access to care, and the men and women who work tirelessly to improve the health of all our neighbors. These stories reveal the compassionate character of our community, and shine a light on the new and innovative methods that Central Health and its community partners are using to create a healthier population.


About Central Health

site-icon-chCentral Health helps the people of Travis County Live Healthier.  We are the local public entity that provides access to the high quality care everyone needs to get well and stay healthy.  We work with a network of partners to eliminate health disparities to reach our vision of Travis County becoming a model healthy community. 

Visit our website at CentralHealth.net to learn more about who we are and what we do.


Dr. Mark Hernandez

HiRes-Mark_Hernandez-8512-Blue-2Mark S. Hernandez MD is the Chief Medical Officer for the Community Care Collaborative, a public/private partnership between Central Health and the Seton Healthcare Family.

Dr. Hernandez appears on each podcast to discuss patient stories, programs that help patients, and the impact that improved access to healthcare has in Travis County.  

Dr. Hernandez began his career in health care not as a physician, but as a registered nurse, working for 10 years in the intensive care department of Houston’s Ben Taub General Hospital. He graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in 2003, performed his residency in internal medicine at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, and became the medical director for the UMC Brackenridge hospitalist group in 2011. He assumed his current position in 2012. In addition, he holds academic appointments with the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical Branch, and is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

As Chief Medical Officer for the Community Care Collaborative, Dr. Hernandez works with multiple clinicians and service organizations throughout Travis County to fulfill the goals of the Collaborative, which include transforming the delivery of care into an integrated system.