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August 24, 2015

By Peggy O'Hare, Staff Writer

In a letter to faculty and staff, UT Health Science Center President William Henrich announced the school's new $20 million outpatient facility will be built on Interstate 10 West near Fair Oaks Parkway.

The University of Texas Health Science Center will build a nearly $20 million outpatient clinical and imaging services building north of San Antonio near Fair Oaks Ranch to accommodate a growing number of patients from other counties.

The UT System Board of Regents authorized the funding and the project's design at its meeting in Austin last week, health science center President William Henrich said in a letter to faculty and staff Monday. The new Medical Arts & Research Center north clinical facility, which has not yet been formally named, will span 18,000 square feet at a site on Interstate 10 West near Fair Oaks Parkway.

Construction will begin this fall, and the building is expected to open in early 2018, according to Dr. Carlos Rosende, executive director of UT Medicine, the medical practice operated by health science center faculty.

The school's main outpatient practice is housed at the Medical Arts & Research Center at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center. And a satellite outpatient facility at Westover Hills has attracted a growing number of patients, Rosende said. But the health science center believes there is enough demand for another outpatient facility to the north.

"Our practice has been growing quite rapidly in the last few years," Rosende said Monday. "We're beginning to attract patients not only from the Medical Center area, within close proximity, but from further out in the community ... even from Comal and Kendall counties.

"That is the reason we chose that location ... based on where we were drawing patients from," he said.

The new site north of San Antonio will improve patient access and serve as a "gateway" for patients needing additional medical services, according to materials presented to UT regents last week.

The north clinical facility is expected to increase UT Medicine's patient visits by almost 50,000 within its first five years of operation, written materials prepared for the regents show. It also will boost clinical revenue by an anticipated $1.9 million during its first year of operation, increasing to $6.5 million by the fifth year, regents were told.

The building will include patient exam rooms, physicians offices and a full-service imaging center equipped with MRI, CT scan and X-ray technology. It will offer the only imaging services and physical therapy services in the immediate area, Rosende said.

The facility also will provide more teaching space for students, trainees and the school's clinical research, Henrich said in his letter to faculty and staff.

Henrich was not available for comment Monday, but his letter noted the new clinical facility is part of a transformation plan to expand and diversify UT Medicine's medical practice.

"The clinic will be located in a high-growth area with a demonstrated need for both quality primary care and subspecialty medical services," Henrich's letter said.

Funding for the project will be culled from Revenue Financing System bond proceeds and from fees for medical services rendered. Total financing will amount to nearly $19.5 million, Henrich said.


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