Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will be a new, 211-bed teaching hospital in downtown Austin that can accommodate more patients than University Medical Center Brackenridge and can be expanded in the future. 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 UMC 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.

Transforming Healthcare Delivery, Consistent with Seton’s Mission

Delivering the best possible care with the dignity and respect everyone deserves is a mission that dates back to 1902, when the Daughters of Charity opened the original Seton Infirmary in Austin. Building a new teaching hospital in concert with a medical school allows Seton to design in features that enhance the way doctors are taught and care is delivered.

Medical Research

A primary focus of the hospital is the application of innovative medical processes and products that deliver person-centered care “at the bedside.” Seton physicians, nurses and other professionals will build upon a history of medical research with their UT Austin counterparts. 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. The expected annual economic impact is expected to be $2 billion.

Investing in Care

Seton is investing $245 million to construct the new hospital, which has been designed in accordance with Gold Level LEED standards for a “green” building. The Seton Fund, with help from community leader fundraising volunteers, is spearheading the effort to raise another $50 million in donations from the community to complete the 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. Please Donate Now to help us reach our goal and improve the health and well-being of people throughout Central Texas.

* Medical students and residents (medical school graduates who are “doctors in training”) also will get hands-on training at other Seton facilities, including Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, as well as clinics and other locations.