November 6, 2017
Travis County voters did something extraordinary five years ago today: they agreed to invest in a healthier community.
A new medical school at UT Austin led the to-do list for achieving that goal.
“…funds will be used for 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 such as cancer care,community-wide health clinics, training for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, primary care, behavioral and mental healthcare, prevention and wellness programs, and/or to obtain federal matching funds for healthcare services.”
In 2016, Dell Medical School opened with world-class faculty members who are committed to transforming the healthcare delivery system for low-income and uninsured residents of Travis County.
For too long, folks without health insurance have faced being relegated to a system of second-class medical care that served neither patients nor taxpayers well. We’re focused on creating and improving a system of medical aid and hospital care to provide better patient outcomes and reducing the need for costly medical care.
Systemic change takes time, but we’re already seeing improvements in access to speciality care, reduced wait times and proactive outreach to folks facing barriers to care. For example:
Essential to improving access to care is increasing the number of doctors who serve folks who are uninsured. Dell Med faculty members are training medical residents in clinics throughout the community — 30 percent more now than in 2012 — and increasing the pipeline of future doctors committed to staying and practicing in our community.
Fulfilling the Promise
The unique community collaboration among Dell Med, Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family is producing the results that Travis County voters were promised in 2012. Together, we’re making our community healthier.
It takes a very special community to get behind such a goal. All I can say is thank you.