About Seton

Seton Fact Sheet


The Seton Healthcare Family was founded by the Daughters of Charity in Austin in 1902, after a group of citizens asked the Daughters 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. In the last century, Seton Healthcare Family has grown from one hospital to a network of more than 100 clinical locations across Central Texas.

Formed by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, the Daughters dedicate themselves to expressing God’s love through services to the sick, poor and destitute.

In November 1999, the Daughters of Charity National Health System became part of Ascension Health, now simply Ascension.

Fast Facts

Data as of June 30, 2015
Number of employees12,800
Employed physicians463
Credentialed physicians 2,426
Licensed beds1,761
ER visits338,938
Outpatient visits980,051
Inpatient surgical visits18,237
Inpatient psychiatry stays3,762
Babies born8,504
Neonatal ICU patients1,419
Open heart surgeries559

Community Service & Charitable Care

In fiscal year 2014, Seton delivered $481 million in charity care (net of compensated Medicaid).

Data as submitted to the Texas Department of Health Services in May 2014.

Reinventing Health Care to Serve Patients

Seton has a new vision for health care: a person-centered model that is safer, more efficient and produces better results. We are an active member of the accountable care movement that is reshaping the delivery of care and its cost curve. Seton is investing in technologies and staff to help patients manage their chronic conditions – asthma, congestive heart failure, diabetes and the like – and achieve a better quality of life while reducing the costs of health care.

Medical Education and Research

With The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Austin, Seton is advancing graduate medical education and translational research. Seton offers 11 residency and seven fellowship programs at Seton facilities and manages a growing number of clinical research projects. Seton will build Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a modern teaching hospital, on campus. It will be surrounded by UT-Austin’s new Dell Medical School and its research facilities. These initiatives are expected to increase the supply of physicians and other caregivers in Central Texas, and to foster leading edge therapies. Commercialization of some treatments will propel economic development in the region.

Clinical Achievement

Seton has earned a reputation as a leader in clinical quality. Seton’s Labor and Delivery service, the first recipient of the Texas Health and Human Services Quality Award, is a model for other hospitals. For more than two decades, the Seton Heart Specialty Care and Transplant Center has performed heart transplants and now offers ventricular assist devices (VADs) to advanced heart failure patients who do not qualify for transplants. Seton medical centers are international destinations for clinicians, striving to improve the quality and accessibility of care and services.


Seton, a Catholic ministry, is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare system. Chaplains are available to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and their families. Seton hosts an accredited interfaith clinical pastoral education program.

Learn about resources devoted to spiritual development at Ascension.

Major Divisions

  • Seton Clinical Enterprise
  • Seton Family of Hospitals
  • Seton Health Alliance
  • Seton Insurance Services
  • Seton Academic Medicine & Research

Community Care Clinics


* Level I Trauma Centers ** Level II Trauma Center

Trauma Region Counties, for Adults

Bastrop Lee
Blanco Llano
BurnetSan Saba
Caldwell Travis

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