(a) The board of regents of The University of Texas System may establish a regional
academic health center serving Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties, and
may include any medical institutions for participation in the program in the aforementioned
counties, if general revenue funds are specifically appropriated by the legislature
for that purpose. The center may consist of facilities located throughout the region. The board may execute and carry out affiliation or coordination agreements with
any other entity or institution in the region to establish or to participate in the
establishment or operation of the center, which includes all traditional and all other
providers of health services to the counties listed in this subsection.
(b) The board of regents may assign responsibility for the management of the regional
academic health center to any component institution or institutions of The University
of Texas System. The operating costs of the regional academic health center shall be paid from operating
funds of the component institution and from available funds of any other public or
(c) The regional academic health center may be used to provide undergraduate clinical
education, graduate education, including residency training programs, or other levels
of medical education work in the counties identified in Subsection (a) in connection
with any component institution or institutions of The University of Texas System as
the board of regents determines appropriate.
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