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Legal Battle With Dell Medical School Continues
Attorney Fred Lewis claims school withheld public information
News Story  June 8, 2017, by Michael King
"...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..."

Dell Med School Debate Over Use of Funds Continues
Fred Lewis won’t quit HEALTH fight with Travis County
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Michael King
"...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...."

Questions of Church-State Separation at Dell Seton Medical Center
Do the hospital’s ties to the Catholic church and limits on women’s reproductive health care compromise Dell Med students' training?
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Central Health Gets “Clean” Audit of Med School Funding
Auditors found Dell Med’s spending to be in accordance with Affiliation Agreement with Central Health
News Story  August 31, 2017, by Michael King
"...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)..."

Open House: New Dell Seton Medical Center
PHOTO GALLERY  May 16, 2017
"...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..."

Crowdsourcing Medical Data Through Gaming
UT’s Simulation and Game Applications Lab helps researchers reach further
Screens Story  January 12, 2017, by felix morgan
"...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..."

UT's Public Arts Program Debuts an Ambitious New Project
Landmarks presents Ann Hamilton’s O N E E V E R Y O N E at the Dell Medical School
Arts Story  January 26, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Merck in Austin?
Pharma firm considers “Innovation” location, Austin city incentives
DAILY News  April 3, 2017, by Michael King
"...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...."

The Future of Health Care?
Dell and Central Health "re-think" the way we provide – and pay for – health care
News Story  March 23, 2017, by Michael King
"...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..."

Lawsuit Filed Against Central Health
Argument over use of medical funding will continue in court
News Story  October 26, 2017, by Michael King
"...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]..."

What Now for Central Health?
Medical school planning begins, and associated care programs move to implementation
News Story  November 23, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...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...."

Fred Lewis, Friends of “the Poor” Go to War on Central Health
Is there a doctor in the house?
News Story  December 1, 2016, by Michael King
"...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 ....."

For the Record
Postmarks  February 20, 2017
"...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..."

Central Health Faces Questions Over Budget Transparency
Commissioners to vote on the health district's FY 2017 budget on Sept. 20
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

RideAustin’s Community Collaborative
The ridesharing nonprofit has a new deal to help get residents to their doctor
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...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' Public Art at UT
PHOTO GALLERY  January 26, 2017
"...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..."

Central Health: “Well-functioning”
Positive reviews for the health care provider
News Story  February 22, 2018, by Michael King
"...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]..."

In the Name of Innovation
Council considers institutional racism, a suitor for Brackenridge Hospital
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Michael King
"...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..."

News Story  October 19, 2017
"...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..."

Playback: Demolition at 1701 Red River
Another Red River venue going away? There goes the neighborhood.
Music Column  May 17, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

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