Tag Archives: Travis County Central Health

Monday, September 30, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Steady increase in chronic disease patients seeking help from CommUnityCare

Nearly 26 percent of CommUnityCare Health Centers’ patients in 2018 sought care for chronic diseases such as HIV, diabetes and heart disease – up from 18 percent in 2016 – said CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson Fournier at Wednesday’s Central Health Board…

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

County commissioners approve Central Health budget

Shortly after approving the county budget, the Travis County Commissioners Court OK’ed the $291 million fiscal year budget for Central Health, the county’s public hospital district.Central Health is a public authority funded by local property taxes that is charged with…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Central Health budget passes after last-minute questions dominate vote

After a nearly five-hour meeting, Central Health’s volunteer board of managers voted to approve Central Health’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget on Wednesday night. During the hours leading up to the vote, multiple board members introduced significant new questions about the…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Central Health presents 2020 draft budget with substantial structural changes

Central Health, the Travis County health care district that provides medical care to indigent residents, unveiled its preliminary 2020 budget on Monday evening at a community discussion held at its headquarters in East Austin.This year’s budget incorporates a 6.9 percent…

Friday, August 9, 2019 by Nadia Hamdan

Demolition of Brackenridge starts this month, paving the way for 17-story office building

After more than 130 years in Austin, a portion of the University Medical Center Brackenridge downtown will come down this month and be replaced by a 17-story office building. The demolition is part of UT Austin’s plan to expand its…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Jack Craver

Central Health considers how to raise awareness of its existence

With limited funds and the threat of revenue restrictions from the state, Central Health, Travis County’s public hospital district, is grappling with how to make the best use of its resources.At a town hall forum Monday at its headquarters on…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by DaLyah Jones

Central Health says Sendero is relatively healthy, but its survival is still uncertain

As the June deadline draws closer for Sendero Health Plans to prove its worth in the insurance market, Central Health officials gathered Monday night to update the community about the nonprofit health insurance company.According to Sendero and Central Health’s board…

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Travis County moves Sendero forward with fingers crossed

After much back-and-forth over the fate of Sendero Health Plans, Central Health has presented a strategy to leverage its funds in hopes of saving the insurance company from being terminated. The Travis County Commissioners Court admitted the precarious nature of…

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by DaLyah Jones

Travis County commissioners expected to vote on Sendero budget

The Travis County Commissioners Court is scheduled to vote this morning on Central Health’s budget, which includes money for the nonprofit Sendero Health Plans.Central Health’s board of managers voted Saturday to allocate $26 million to Sendero Health Plans in Fiscal…

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners Court considers its options, postpones Central Health budget vote

Public protest and confusion surrounding the Sept. 12 Central Health Board of Managers vote to dissolve Sendero Health Plans has the Travis County Commissioners Court questioning how to move forward.Central Health President and CEO Mike Geeslin presented its Fiscal Year…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Review points the way for Central Health improvements

A recent study of Central Health’s services and performance for the Austin area has recommended that the agency take further steps to improve health care access for all residents – especially marginalized communities – as well as toward improving its…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Central Health taps Baltimore-based firm for Brackenridge Hospital redevelopment

Central Health has selected a firm to redevelop Brackenridge Hospital.The Central Health Board of Managers announced it’s chosen Baltimore-based Wexford Science and Technology to revamp the hospital, which closed its doors for good in May after more than a century…

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

‘This is the hammer’: Residents bring lawsuit in fight against Central Health

On Tuesday afternoon, after Fred Lewis declared new financial rules imposed on Central Health were inadequate, the Austin Monitor asked the attorney, activist and reliable thorn in the hospital district’s side if he had a lawsuit in the works.His response:…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New rules for Central Health don’t satisfy critics

The Travis County Commissioners Court has concluded another chapter in the extended controversy over Central Health, but one of the hospital district’s lead critics says he is not ready to quit.On Tuesday, the court amended the district’s financial policy framework…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

First progress and then postponement as Central Health returns to Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday signed off on Central Health’s proposed $238 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, but came up short on reaching an accord between the hospital district and activists who demand more transparency from it.State…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health concerns continue to stymie Commissioners Court

On Tuesday the Travis County Commissioners Court once again failed to reach a compromise that could satisfy all parties involved in the seemingly interminable controversy over transparency at Central Health.Before the court was a review of the new financial policies…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health discussion once again dominates Commissioners Court meeting

Central Health’s annual budget presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday brought with it a fresh round of familiar complaints from activists about the level of transparency displayed by the hospital district.Freshly installed President and CEO Mike Geeslin…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Central Health evaluation targets care delivery, med school transparency

To indulge in an extended health care metaphor, one could compare the extensive evaluation Central Health has commissioned to a very public checkup where anyone with any interest in the condition of the community health organization gets a chance to…

Friday, July 28, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Will Merck IT hub anchor Central Health redevelopment?

This much is clear: Pretty much everyone agrees that the redevelopment of the University Medical Center Brackenridge campus is going to redefine the eastern edge of downtown Austin in the coming years.What is much less clear is what, exactly, will…

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council narrowly approves controversial Central Health board nominee

By a one-vote margin, City Council approved the appointment of a new member to the Central Health Board of Managers after complaints about the nominee’s potential conflicts of interest.Council voted 6-5 to assign Julie Oliver, a division controller for St.…

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