The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted on Thursday, May 9 to fund the development of a new medical campus, including the Dell Medical School, in Austin.
The plan, totaling $334.5 million in development, includes construction of research, educational and administrative buildings, as well as a 515,000-square-foot medical office building and parking garage.
As a component of the campus, Seton will build a $250 million teaching hospital on land owned by UT, which will replace University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB).
The campus will be located in an area bordered by I-35, Trinity and 15th streets and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Following the vote, the University of Texas System and UT Austin held a joint press conference with Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family about the new medical campus.
Central Health President & CEO Patricia A. Young Brown issued the following statement:
“At Central Health our mission is to provide access to healthcare for our most vulnerable residents of Travis County. We share a vision with our partners here today and with the residents of our community to build a system of healthcare that is integrated in its delivery and provides the best services to those who need care.
We are grateful to the taxpayers of Travis County for investing in this vision to transform our delivery of care, upgrade our health care infrastructure and improve the quality of life for all the residents.
The medical school is an essential cornerstone to transforming our healthcare delivery system. From innovative research on healthcare delivery, to the residents and medical school students who will provide essential services to our community, the medical school will strengthen and expand our ability to provide access to care for our underinsured and uninsured citizens.
On behalf of Central Health, I would like to congratulate the University of Texas System Board of Regents on approving the plan to construct a new medical school. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the University of Texas and the Seton Healthcare Family, and together, transforming our system of healthcare and improving access to quality care for every member of our community.”