Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will be a new, 211-bed teaching hospital in downtown Austin. It will be built, owned and operated by Seton Healthcare Family, a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

The hospital will be the primary teaching hospital for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Seton has funded most of the costs for graduate medical education in Austin since 2005, and is committed to continuing this support in partnership with UT. The new medical school is the first to be built in the U.S. at a Tier 1 research university in nearly half a century. Seton is playing a major role in helping to shape the school’s signature curriculum and research efforts, focused on creating a more efficient and effective healthcare system and training future physician leaders.

Dell Seton Medical Center at UT, like University Medical Center Brackenridge before it, will house Central Texas’ only Level I trauma center for adults. The trauma center gives patients in 11 counties round-the-clock access to skilled trauma specialists.

Dell Seton Medical Center at UT will benefit communities in Central Texas in many ways. As a teaching hospital, it will help to train the next generation of medical leaders and allow researchers to discover new treatments that greatly improve health. In addition, the region will have more medical specialists to serve a growing population. The medical center will also help Seton in its mission to provide the best care possible, with dignity and respect for all members of the community. This mission dates back to 1902, when the Daughters of Charity opened the original Seton Infirmary in Austin.

Medical Research

A primary focus at the hospital is research that improves patient care “at the bedside” and produces innovative medical processes and products, medical business development and – ultimately – improvements to overall patient care. Seton physicians, nurses and other professionals will build upon a history of medical research with their counterparts at UT Austin. In addition to working with Dell Medical School, Seton teams will collaborate with many of UT Austin’s colleges and departments, such as Nursing, Pharmacy and Engineering.

Physicians who want to practice the most advanced medicine will be drawn to Central Texas to care for patients, alleviating a regional shortage of doctors.

Economic Development

The hospital will anchor a new healthcare innovation zone in downtown Austin. This area is expected to attract research facilities, entrepreneurs and other innovators in the life sciences. Over time, the combination of a new teaching hospital and medical school on the campus of a major research university is expected to create 15,000 new jobs, not including construction jobs. About 60 percent of these jobs will require just two years of college or a training certificate. Over all, the new hospital and medical district are expected to have a $2 billion annual economic impact.

Investing in Care

Seton is investing $245 million toward construction of the new hospital, which has been designed to attain Gold Level LEED certification as a “green” building. The Seton Fund, with help from community leader fundraising volunteers, is spearheading the effort to raise $50 million in donations from the community to complete the $295 million project – one of the largest goals for a single, non-governmental building campaign in Austin’s history.

To help us reach this goal, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced a generous $25 million challenge grant. That means that each dollar donated will be matched by the foundation, up to $25 million.