Seton Medical Center Austin

About Seton Medical Center Austin

Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) originated in Austin in 1902, after a group of citizens asked the Daughters of Charity to build a hospital to care for the sick. This 40-bed hospital, originally the Seton Infirmary, would eventually lead to the building of Seton Medical Center in 1975. As a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, SMCA is a major referral center for Central Texas, offering comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for both inpatients and outpatients, and advanced technology.


Seton has implemented a new policy that will ban smoking at all Seton-owned campuses as well as Seton-leased facilities where patient care is provided (i.e. University Medical Center Brackenridge, Medical Park Tower, etc.). Any surrounding and adjacent grounds as well as parking areas at these sites will become off-limits for smoking. In establishing a smoke-free environment, Seton is following in the footsteps of a number of major hospitals across the country that have had a similar smoking ban in place for years.

Awards and Recognitions

2008 Distinguished Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Seton Medical Center Austin has been recognized by the State of Texas as one of the best in the state for newborn hearing screenings programs. The Texas Department of State Health Services monitors hospital-based hearing screening programs to ensure specific quality benchmarks are met. To be certified, hospitals must screen newborns for hearing loss, refer those who need follow-up testing to audiologists, and inform parents and family doctors of hearing screening results.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has named Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. To earn a Center of Excellence designation, SMCA underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. SMCA and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

Magnet Redesignation

award6Seton Medical Center Austin, along with three other acute-care Seton hospitals, has been awarded Magnet Designation, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is an independent subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest organization of nursing professionals. Seton offers the only Magnet-designated hospitals in Central Texas.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, an arm of the American Nurses Association (ANCC), has redesignated University Medical Center at Brackenridge, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Seton Medical Center Austin and Seton Northwest with Magnet-the highest honor bestowed to nursing services in healthcare organizations. The four-year designation is given to organizations that are committed to sustaining excellence, improving professional practice and transforming the culture of a work environment. Magnet designation provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. The four-year designation was first given by ANCC in 2002.

American Heart Association’s Gold Performance Achievement

aha_goldSeton Medical Center Austin and University Medical Center at Brackenridge are the only hospitals in Central Texas to receive the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) Gold Performance Achievement Award for providing outstanding care to patients with coronary artery disease. The awards are part of the AHA’s “Get With The Guidelines” program.

To earn this honor, Seton Medical Center Austin and UMC Brackenridge demonstrated for 24 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of patients with coronary artery disease — a condition caused by thickening of the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle — received the core standards of care recommended by the AHA and the American Stroke Association.

Verispan 2008 IHN 100

verispanThe Seton Family of Hospitals was ranked highest in Texas for efficiency and performance among the top 100 integrated healthcare systems nationwide by Verispan, a healthcare data and consulting firm. The Verispan 2008 IHN 100 recognizes healthcare systems that operate as a unified organization in eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization and physicians. Seton ranked higher than the Top Ten average nationally for services, access and financial stability.

Ernest Amory Codman Award

Joint Commission named the Seton Family of Hospitals as a 2007 recipient of the 11th-annual Ernest Amory Codman Award in the multiple organization category, recognizing Seton for its success in reducing preventable birth injuries. The initiative resulted in a 93 percent reduction in birth trauma rates from 0.3 percent for 2001-2003 to 0.02 percent in 2006.

Primary Stroke Center Certification

goldSeton Medical Center Austin received the coveted Gold Seal of Approval™ for their comprehensive stroke prevention and treatment programs. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) once again awarded the SMCA Primary Stroke Center Certification. SMCA was one of Seton’s first hospitals to be designated as Primary Stroke Centers in the state in December 2004.

Thomson 100 Top Hospitals®

Seton Medical Center Austin named one of the nation’s top performance improvement leaders by Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider in helping organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical and business performance.

SMCA was the only hospital in Central Texas recognized for making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2001-2005). The 2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, financial stability and growth.

2007/08 Consumer Choice Award

Seton Medical Center Austin was the only Austin hospital named a 2007/08 Consumer Choice Award winner, and is the only hospital in the Austin metro area to receive this honor every year since the award was created in 1996. The award recognizes those hospitals chosen by consumers as having the highest quality and image in their respective markets across the United States. Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected through the NRC Healthcare Market Guide® study, the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind. More than 200,000 households in the United States were surveyed in the study through an internet-based questionnaire

Chest Pain Center

smca_awardSeton Medical Center Austin and Universtiy Medical Center Brackenridge have each received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Only six percent of hospitals in the United States have received this distinction. The accreditation affirms that Seton Medical Center Austin and Universtiy Medical Center Brackenridge demonstrate expertise in rapid assessment and treatment of cardiac patients.


Best Places To Work


The Seton Family of Hospitals has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Central Texas” for 2007 by the Austin Business Journal. Seton is one of only 10 winners in the “large business” category. The award recognizes achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts, develops and retains employees through a combination of people practices, working conditions, feeling valued and company culture.

Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular


Seton Medical Center Austin has been recognized as being among the nation’s top cardiovascular hospitals, according to Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals©: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success, 2004 study. The Solucient study recognizes 100 hospitals for setting national performance benchmarks that demonstrate superior cardiovascular services and have been most effective at increasing coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) survival.