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AUSTIN, Texas - (July 29, 2014) - Christann M. Vasquez, MHA, who recently led efforts to plan and build a new San Antonio hospital, will become the first president of Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the new Austin teaching hospital scheduled to open in 2017.

Vasquez has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio. She will join Seton in August, the same month that a groundbreaking event is scheduled for Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, to be located at 15th and Red River streets next to the University of Texas at Austin's new Dell Medical School.

The medical school already is under construction and scheduled to open in 2016. The new hospital will replace University Medical Center Brackenridge one year later. The Seton Fund is engaging the community in a $50 million capital campaign to augment Seton's $245 million investment in new teaching facilities.

Initially, Vasquez will be responsible for opening the new teaching hospital. She will be a member of a team of Seton executives and UMC Brackenridge medical staff collaborating with medical school and its medical staff and recruiting faculty for the school and strengthening clinical programs.

Since 2009, Vasquez has been executive vice president and chief operating officer at UHS, a partner of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her responsibilities have included overall operational and financial accountability for University Hospital, Texas Diabetes Institute, Community Medicine Associates, 16 ambulatory sites and clinics, six ExpressMed sites and all facilities and support services. She most recently led the strategic planning for and construction of a replacement for University Hospital.

Earlier this month, Vasquez was named 2014 Corporate Executive of the Year by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

"Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will be at the center of a medical district designed to research and transform how health care is delivered," said Jesús Garza, Seton president and chief executive officer. "A modern, person-centered approach to care depends on leadership's ability to collaborate with diverse partners. Chris demonstrated that strength in San Antonio, and we will see her bringing that dimension here, working with staff, doctors and our academic, entrepreneurial and public partners."

Among her prior assignments, Chris is a former vice president and chief executive officer in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston and a past chief operating and chief financial officer for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services. She holds a master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from George Williams College in Illinois.

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