Chris VasquezPresident, Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin and Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital

Christann M. Vasquez, MHA, was named in August 2014 to be the first president of Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the new Austin teaching hospital scheduled to open in 2017, and the new president of University Medical Center Brackenridge. She was named president of Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital in 2015 and president of Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin in 2017.

Vasquez is responsible for opening the new academic medical center and is a member of a team of Ascension Seton executives and Dell Ascension Seton medical staff collaborating with the medical school and its medical staff to recruit faculty for the school and strengthen academic and clinical programs. Vasquez leads an integrated, multidisciplinary team focused on incorporating new technologies to improve the health experience for patients and their families at Dell Seton.

Vasquez had been executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2009 of University Health System, a partner of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her responsibilities 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 also led the strategic planning for and construction of a replacement for University Hospital.

Vasquez was named 2014 Corporate Executive of the Year by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served on various community boards, including the Trinity University Advisory Board, Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, American Heart Association Board of Directors and United Way Board of Directors. She also mentors graduate students and Ascension Seton associates in health care administration.

She also served as vice president and chief executive officer in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System for more than 14 years in Houston and a past chief operating and chief financial officer for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services. Vasquez 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.

Vasquez has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award for Early Careerist and the University of Houston Distinguished Alumni award. In 2016, she was named Finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power, a program highlighting Central Texas women of influence.