Business model

City manager visits health district employees Two months into new business model

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – City Manager Peter Zanoni met with employees of the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District this morning, seeking feedback on the health district’s new business model.

In February, Nueces City and County officials created a new partnership agreement giving the city exclusive management authority for the health district beginning March 1, nearly 60 days since the implementation of the new business model.

Since then, the health district has taken over all community health clinic health services that had stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, established new relationships with community partner agencies such as the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, reopened the community health clinic and held a public health fair that served over 130 clients.

The health district continues to work to improve public health outcomes for our community, including:

  • Provide effective health services with greater accountability and efficient use of taxpayers’ money
  • Improving access to public health services while strengthening accountability for performance
  • Expand community health awareness through health initiatives and programs

“I am very optimistic that we are moving in an exciting new direction for the Corpus Christi community,” said Public Health Administrator Deborah Houlihan. “I see joy where there was stress, optimism where there was pessimism, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

“It was great spending time with our health district employees this morning, getting their valuable feedback on health district programs and ways to improve services for our community,” said the city manager. Peter Zanoni. “It’s critical to keep the lines of communication open with our health district employees.”

Zanoni also says the city is continuing its nationwide search for a new director of public health and is currently conducting a health district facility assessment for much-needed renovations.

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District is located at 1702 Horne Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call 361 826-7200. For a complete list of health care services provided by the health district, visit

For more information, media representatives may contact Senior Public Information Officer Amy Gazin at 361-826-1655 or by email at [email protected]