The medical school steering committee is considering locations near the University, and the decision may come soon.
With a new name and a new vice provost leading its steering committee, UT’s Dell School of Medicine is sprinting closer to existence—and a permanent address. The Daily Texan reported Friday that UT officials are considering building the new school south of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the area of the current University Medical Center Brackenridge.
UT is working with the Seton Healthcare Family and Central Health, the health care region that covers Travis County, to determine the site of the administrative, teaching, and research buildings that will comprise the new medical school. Officials expect the school to be built in proximity to Seton’s new teaching hospital. Robert Messing, the recently appointed vice provost in charge of developing the medical school, said the area immediately south of the Frank Erwin Center is “highest on the list.”
The area under consideration is currently a parking lot. The location bridges the University with University Medical Center Brackenridge, the Central Health-owned and Seton-operated trauma center that will be replaced by the new hospital.
You can see the potential location below.
You can read about the Dells’ $50 million gift to the medical school here.
Longhorn statue north of the Frank Erwin Center. Photo courtesy fragility_v2 via Flickr Creative Commons.