Frank Erwin Center
"...Austin lawyer Fred Lewis has resumed his war of words with UT-Austin's Dell Medical School, accusing the school of withholding public information. UT's attorneys have requested an opinion from the state attorney general on whether they can withhold certain documents that Lewis has requested, in his ongoing campaign to determine whether the Medical School is legally spending annual funding it receives from Central Health Care District property taxes..."
"...Last week, the simmering local argument resumed over the utility (and even the legality) of the still-under-construction UT-Austin Dell Medical School. A group of local activists calling itself HEALTH for Travis County issued a report describing the medical school as top-heavy with administrative and staffing expenses, thereby misspending the annual $35 million in funding provided by the Central Health District and Travis County taxpayers...."
"...Driving down 15th Street near Red River, passersby have grown accustomed to the parking cones, forklifts, and sounds of rapid construction. But in February, that clatter should end, and by May give way to a sleek, state-of-the-art teaching hospital: The Dell Seton Medical Center will stand alongside the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, which opened its doors last June, welcoming in its inaugural class..."
"...30, after Chronicle deadlines), the Central Health Board of Managers was expecting the results of an "Agreed Upon Procedures" review performed by local CPA firm Atchley & Associates (Travis County's external audit firm). Auditors reviewed the financial transactions of Dell Medical School at UT-Austin included in the 2017 "Community Benefit Report" summarizing Dell Med's spending of the annual $35 million in funding provided by Central Health (via its Community Care Collaborative with Seton Healthcare)..."
"...Saturday, May 13, Austinites were treated to an open house at the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas (Red River and 15th St.), part of the new Dell Medical School Complex. The open house featured a parade from University Medical Center-Brackenridge (15th and I35), music by the Reagan High School Marching Band and the Minor Mishap Marching Band, and a public tour of the new facility..."
"...The team assists with conception, proposing, and development of projects, and also seeks out funding. One of the departments partnering with SAGA Lab is the School of Nursing..."
"...Touch, you see, is central to this latest iteration of O N E E V E R Y O N E, one that Hamilton has developed for Austin and, specifically, the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. Just as touch is integral to any health care experience – from the nurse's hand against your forehead feeling for a fever to the surgeon's handling of a transplanted heart – touch is key to the experience of these portraits: It's where the images find clarity..."
"...Friday afternoon, March 31, the city of Austin announced a proposal to provide economic incentives to New Jersey-based pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co., in return for the creation of 600 jobs and a total proposed investment of $28.7 million in a company IT hub, eventually planned for the “Innovation Zone” near the Dell Medical School complex...."
"...Koenig and his team form one of Dell Medical School's new "integrated practice units": a group of medical specialists assembled to work together and to treat the "whole patient" – in this case, not just those knees and hips showing years of wear and tear (or worse) in the X-rays, but the body and mind surrounding the broken joints. Koenig points to an X-ray showing a badly damaged and badly healed pelvic injury that has for years affected the patient's ability to walk..."
"...The other shoe finally dropped last week in the ongoing dispute over Central Health's underwriting of the Dell Medical School at UT-Austin, a process approved by Travis County voters in 2012 but which – opponents and now plaintiffs argue – is not in accordance with state law. Three county residents (Rebecca Birch, Richard Franklin III, and Esther Govea) are the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, but attorney Fred Lewis (now assisting Philip Durst of Deats, Durst, and Owen) has been blasting the health care district (and Travis County) for some time, insisting that the funding is being misdirected. [inset-1-right]..."
"...And the vote also kicks off the development of a new community care service delivery model – centered on a deal still not completely consummated between the Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health – that will offer a host of health and wellness programs to lower-income Travis County residents. It also heralds the probable 2015 or 2016 opening of a full-service University of Texas medical school...."
"...When Central Health won its bond election in 2012, the vote was widely heralded as a step forward toward improving health care in Travis County and Central Texas, specifically the care of underserved populations and the indigent. Among other things, the proposition promised "improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine ....."
"...Dear Editor, In his article on my report on UT Dell Medical School [“Dell Med School Debate Over Use of Funds Continues,” News, Feb. 17], Michael King states my "report does not attempt to analyze – or even consider – the clinical programs or direct benefits reported by the medical school in its work with local patients." If Mr..."
"...Prefacing their criticism with support for the health district, attorneys Fred Lewis and Bob Ozer called for greater transparency and an independent audit of the budget. Both said a detailed itemization and invoice of services is needed, especially for the $35 million allotted for the agency's partnership with Seton Healthcare Family and UT's new Dell Medical School...."
"...Last week, the Dell Medical School announced it would team up with Community Care Collaborative and RideAustin to help connect low-income and uninsured Travis County residents to health care providers. The result of a grant from Cap Metro, the pilot program will formalize a relationship for RideAustin drivers to take residents to and from their medical appointments..."
"...Landmarks, the public art arts program at the University of Texas, maintains a collection of more than three dozen works spread across the UT campus. In January 2017, it added the project O N E E V E R Y O N E to the Dell Medical School..."
"...The report notes that the Central Health model provides flexibility for different health care needs, but gives the agency less direct control, and can be confusing to the local public, uncertain of the actual role of Central Health. (The report does not directly address a pending lawsuit against Central Health for alleged inappropriate spending on the UT-Dell Medical School, and that relationship is also an exception to the national hospital ownership model.) [inset-1-right]..."
"...More attractive to the city than any direct economic benefit is the opportunity for Merck to become a headline anchor in the new "Innovation Zone" surrounding the Dell Medical School complex – the informal expectation is that Merck would first lease property nearby and then move into the eventual mixed-use development planned by Central Health on the current site of University Medical Center Brackenridge (itself about to be replaced by the new Dell Seton hospital across from the med school). School administrators have already had talks with Merck about potential collaborations, and one of the faculty intrigued by the possibilities is Dr..."
"...The University of Texas Health Austin opened Dell Medical School's Health Transformation Building on Tuesday. The building will serve four specialties, including gynecological disorders in the Women's Health Institute and multiple sclerosis and back pain in the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences..."
"...Last week, the UT Board of Regents approved the development of the Dell Medical School on the southeast section of campus. University spokesman Robert Cullick confirmed to the Chronicle's Richard Whittaker that the university has plans to demolish the Erwin Center, but dismissed the previously held notion that it was to make way for med school buildings...."