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School of Medicine celebrates progress in MARC construction

Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 · Volume: XLI · Issue: 11

Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579


Construction of the UT Health Science Center’s Medical Arts and Research Center is halfway completed. The building is expected to be opened in summer 2009.
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Construction of the UT Health Science Center’s Medical Arts and Research Center is halfway completed. The building is expected to be opened in summer 2009.clear graphic

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SAN ANTONIO (May 29, 2008) – A few hundred paces from one of the most impressive construction projects in the history of the South Texas Medical Center, William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the UT Health Science Center, briefed reporters and the public on its anticipated impact.

Clinical ‘neighborhoods’
Dean Henrich said the $100 million, 256,000-square-foot Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC), the new home of the UT Medicine multispecialty faculty practice group, will house “clinical neighborhoods” organized to be friendly and easy to navigate for patients and physicians alike.

Concierge service for patients
The MARC will feature a concierge service for patients and a leading-edge electronic medical record system that will make the appointment experience easier and better not just for patients, but for every physician or nurse who deals with them.

Learning environment for medical students
The MARC will also be an educational venue for medical students who will be the future physicians of San Antonio and South Texas.

“We believe this will be a great asset to San Antonio,” Dean Henrich said.

Home to UT Medicine, the clinical practice arm of the UT Health Science Center
On May 29, the School of Medicine and San Antonio-based Bartlett Cocke General Contractors gave media and local officials the first inside glimpse of what will become the new clinical practice home for UT Medicine where the UT Health Science Center’s nationally recognized cutting-edge medicine will be delivered in the new state-of-the-art building, supported by the most advanced patient-care systems.

A tree at the top of the eight-story structure highlighted the “tree-topping” ceremony that marked the halfway point in the building’s construction.


William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, discussed the features that will make receiving medical care and working in the new Medical Arts and Research Center a positive experience.
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William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, discussed the features that will make receiving medical care and working in the new Medical Arts and Research Center a positive experience.clear graphic

 

Appreciation expressed to those ‘behind the scenes’
Dean Henrich thanked Lewis Greenberg, M.D., vice dean for clinical affairs and assistant vice president for medical affairs at the UT Health Science Center, and a number of other School of Medicine faculty for the vital role they have played in the MARC planning and progress. He also expressed gratitude to Health Science Center President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., for his support in “bringing this project across the goal line.”

The dean also thanked the San Antonio Medical Foundation and The University of Texas System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction, among others.

Patient care and research
The MARC will feature clinical and research space and an 860-car parking garage. The project is located at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive (the corner of Charles Katz and Floyd Curl Drive) and will be completed in the summer of 2009.

The MARC is the 30th health care and research-related building — and the sixth in the South Texas Medical Center — that Bartlett Cocke General Contractors has delivered in South Texas in the last 20 years. The company also was general contractor for the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, located across the street from the MARC.

Bartlett Cocke’s chairman, Duane Pozza, called the MARC project “a blueprint for success.”

MARC to bring together eight Health Science Center research, clinical locations
The MARC will consolidate eight of the Health Science Center’s separate research and clinic locations into a single, premier medical practice — a “one-stop shop” for integrated, full-service patient care ranging from primary care and specialty care to diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional services.

Designed to improve health care experience for patients
The MARC was intentionally designed to make the “flow” of patient care more efficient from the front door to the front desk, through the diagnostic and treatment processes, while capturing the medical, technical and diagnostic information electronically each step of the way. Every person in the patient’s “chain of care” can have access to all the information available.

Dean Henrich said that Bartlett Cocke and FKP Architects have beautifully embraced this vision set forth by the School of Medicine.

See renderings of the new building
To view renderings of the MARC, visit bartlett-cocke-news.com

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

 
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