New UTHSCT Academic Center underway

POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 4:58pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:25am

TYLER-The groundbreaking celebration for the new $67 million Academic Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler took place Tuesday morning. And everyone in East Texas will benefit from this.

With the Texas population continuing to grow at a rapid rate, more doctors will be needed. But lucky for us, the UT Health Science Center has been recognized by the Texas legislature as having the Family Medicine Residency Program in Texas with the largest number of graduating physicians who have elected to stay both in our region and in the state.

And its new additions like the 81,000 square-foot Academic Center that will continue to keep doctors here in East Texas. The new center will house a new state of the art cancer center, classrooms for the Family Medicine Residency Program, auditorium and medical library.

Several hundred people came out Tuesday to celebrate the beginning of construction. Also several officials from around the area, including several East Texas legislatures, joined together with several top officials from the hospital to break ground on the building.

"When we have research faculty looking to make Tyler and East Texas their home and provide them with first class facilities for cancer research and prevention work it means so much." UTHSCT President, Dr. Kirk Calhoun said.

The building is scheduled to open in fall of 2011.

The estimated five year economic impact of construction, equipment and operational costs of the Academic Center is more than $190 million.

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