Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new $60 million, 10-year commitment to help make Austin a center of health care excellence. A $50 million grant will go to the University of Texas to establish the Dell Medical School, and an additional $10 million in community grants will focus on improving the quality of and access to health clinics in Austin and Travis County.
In 1999, we began our journey to ignite long-lasting change in the lives of children through better health and education. Initially, our foundation’s efforts were focused exclusively in Central Texas. Our reach has since expanded, first nationally and then globally to major urban communities in the United States, South Africa and India. But what has remained the same is our commitment to putting children first – and the responsibility we feel to our home community.
The road to the Dell Medical School
More than six years ago, we announced a series of grants to the University of Texas to support children’s healthcare, with a particular focus on combatting childhood obesity. Since that time, our original commitment has grown to include the Dell Children’s Medical Center, UT Austin’s Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and Dell Pediatric Research Institute, the Texas Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Obesity, as well as clinics and other community-based health efforts.
This latest investment will support an innovative medical school and increase community access to care. Together with the children’s hospital, the Pediatric Research Institute and the Center for Healthy Living, the medical school will further cement Austin’s position at the forefront of health care research. We also expect the economic ripple effects to help foster a growing bio-tech industry, where innovations can spin out of research and develop in thriving local businesses.
The establishment of a medical school at the University of Texas is good for our children, our community and our economy. We can’t wait to see this shared vision come alive.