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By the Numbers

520,000+
hours of patient care provided by 320 residents at 60+ clinics and hospitals in Central Texas in 2020
70
community-based organizations received 102,000+ donated items amid the pandemic via the COVID-19 ATX Exchange
104,209
total UT Health Austin patient visits (October 2017 to July 2020), 42,278 of which MAP, Medicaid or Medicare funded

Working With Partners to Improve & Expand Care

Caring for People Who Are Underserved

In 2019, Dell Med residents provided care to nearly 100,000 local patients at Ascension Seton hospitals and CommUnityCare clinics (including 12,367 with Medical Access Program [MAP] coverage and 27,340 with Medicaid).

Improving Access to Specialty Care

Dell Med faculty collaborated with CommUnityCare to redesign gastroenterology specialty care through e-consults and same-day referrals. This improved access for 4,100+ patients, eliminated the waitlist for care and achieved cost savings by making it possible for 75% of patients to avoid a clinic visit.

Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness

A mobile care team from Dell Med, CommUnityCare and Integral Care is providing integrated care to people experiencing homelessness where they are, including working with Austin Public Health and partners to rapidly identify COVID-19 clusters, testing 700+ individuals so far.

Reimagining Mental Health

Dell Med is leading a collaborative effort with Texas Health and Human Services to redesign the Austin State Hospital. With 1 in 5 Texans experiencing a mental health condition each year, this effort is part of a statewide continuum of care supported by the Texas Legislature. Phase I construction at the ASH campus is underway.

Driving Health Outside the Clinic

Factor Health is catalyzing a new business of health by collaborating with community-based organizations such as Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, Youth Rise Texas and Lone Star Circle of Care, along with Medicaid-managed care organizations, to identify, prove and pay for drivers of health outside traditional health care settings.

Increasing Research Funding

More than $73 million in state and federal funding has been awarded to 83 Dell Med academic medical scientists to advance discoveries in cancer, brain health and other pressing health issues. The goal is to support collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts to accelerate translating research findings into benefit for patients.

Students, Faculty & Staff

560,000+
pounds of fresh produce and groceries distributed as part of 18,100+ unique home deliveries through Good Apple, founded by Dell Med students, and its “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” program
22
of the 49 new doctors in Dell Med’s first graduating class stayed in Texas for residency (11 in Austin)
~4,000
COVID-19 cases managed by 200+ UT Health Austin contact tracing volunteers in collaboration with CommUnityCare, Austin Public Health and other partners (April to July)

Collaboratively Strengthening Our Health Ecosystem

Cancer Prevention & Care

Broad and collaborative cancer-focused efforts are part of Dell Med’s strong cancer prevention, care and control program.

UT Health Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institutes clinic provides care for gynecologic; gastrointestinal; lung, head and neck; and hematologic cancer using the CaLM (Cancer Life reiMagined) model to deliver compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care.

With support from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), cancer prevention efforts include:

  • mailing at-home colorectal cancer screening kits to 33,000+ CommUnityCare patients and successfully screening 6,900 (part of a multi-faceted campaign in coordination with CUC that doubled the colorectal cancer screening rate);
  • working with CUC to implement lung cancer screening and a smoking cessation program for high-risk adult patients; and
  • implementing screening and treatment services at CUC and Lone Star Circle of Care to reduce alcohol misuse, a top risk factor for cancer.

Dell Med convened the Central Texas Addressing Cancer Together coalition (CTX-ACT), made up of 35+ local cancer-focused organizations, to coordinate regional cancer care, including a mobile mammography program to reach people who are uninsured.

Pediatric Specialty Care Programs

In collaboration with Ascension Seton and Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dell Med and UT Health Austin are supporting the expansion of pediatric specialty programs in multiple areas.

A new, federally funded project is advancing regional and national efforts to improve the readiness of community and rural hospitals to deliver high-quality emergency care for children.

As part of its Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, Dell Children’s announced a new Pediatric Heart Transplant Program staffed by Dell Med faculty, making it the first hospital in Central Texas (and only the third in Texas) to provide this life-saving complex surgery.

A growing pediatric neuroscience program is elevating care in Central Texas for treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, spina bifida, movement disorders, autism, stroke and other issues such as headaches and brain tumors. This includes a new Spanish-language pediatric epilepsy clinic staffed entirely by Spanish-speaking physicians, nurses and psychologists.

UT Health Austin psychiatrists and psychologists provide behavioral and mental health care services for children and teens at Dell Children’s. Care and support are also provided through the Texas Child Study Center, a collaboration with Dell Med’s Department of Psychiatry.