University, Seton Healthcare Family release affiliation agreement

Alex Wilts

UT released its affiliation agreement Monday between the UT System Board of Regents, the University and the Seton Healthcare Family regarding the Dell Medical School.  

“UT Austin and Seton will also work to expand the healthcare infrastructure, workforce, and services available to all residents of Central Texas,” the agreement states.

Seton will replace the University Medical Center-Brackenridge with a new teaching hospital on UT-owned land across from the medical school. The initial term of the agreement is for 25 years, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The agreement — which Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, President William Powers Jr. and Jesús Garza, Seton Healthcare Family president and CEO, signed last week — also gives the medical school complete control over its education. As Seton abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care, it prohibits certain medical procedures related to areas such as family planning, women’s health and end-of-life care. In accordance with the agreement, medical school students will receive training for these procedures at a separate facility,

In May 2012, the Board of Regents approved a minimum of $25 million per year to support the development of the Dell Medical School, according to the agreement. The regents also agreed to pay up to $5 million per year for eight years to be used for faculty recruitment for the medical school.

The Dell Medical School is scheduled to open in fall 2016.