Timely Decisions

Seton and Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, have worked out details of an agreement for the operation of the Community Care Collaborative. The nonprofit group is essential to the Dell Medical School, as it will purchase services from the health care system that is being created, adding some $35 million to the funds available to make the system viable. The Central Health Board of Managers approved the agreement June 5.

The Dell Medical School reached a major milestone in May as the UT System Board of Regents approved the site plan for the medical complex that will house the school’s main components: an education and administration building, a research building, a medical office building and a parking garage. The $334.5 million plan will provide 515,000 square feet for learning, conducting research and treating patients. The approval was a critical step toward achieving our goal of admitting our first class of 50 medical students in the fall of 2016 and becoming the first major research university in more than 40 years to open a medical school.

The medical school will be built between Interstate 35 and Trinity Street, and between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and 15th Street, a compact footprint that will allow students and researchers to walk from lab bench to bedside in minutes. The master plan for the complex was developed with the help of the consultant Sasaki Associates.