People throughout Central Texas are excited to learn that a new, centrally located teaching hospital has opened. And naturally, they have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most common questions we get.

When did the new teaching hospital open?

Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas opened in spring 2017.

Does it have a Level I Trauma Center?

The new teaching hospital is the home for the only Adult Level I Trauma Center (anticipated designation) within our 11-county region. Level I trauma care was previously offered at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

How is the new hospital different from University Medical Center Brackenridge?

It has been more than 30 years since the last time a teaching hospital, medical school and research facility were built at the same time, on the same campus, anywhere in the United States. This gives Ascension Seton an extraordinary opportunity and advantage to create a unique system with our primary partners –Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and Central Health, Travis County’s healthcare district – and to train physicians in population health, medical research and person-centered care.

The teaching hospital differs from UMC Brackenridge in innovative ways. Throughout the design process, we asked : How do we improve the quality of care and the healthcare experience for patients and their families and best meet the needs of our community? A few attributes and innovations include:

  • Greater number of critical care beds, including universal rooms that can accommodate changing levels of patient acuity
  • Specially designed areas for a growing neurosciences program and epilepsy care
  • Environmentally sustainable design
  • Better cooperative spaces for interdisciplinary care, medical education and research
  • More efficient and collaborative design to quickly and safely transport patients within the hospital

What happened to the Psychiatric Emergency Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge and its patients?

Plans now call for the psychiatric emergency department to remain open at its present location. Long term, Central Health, Ascension Seton and other community partners are discussing the best way to address the emergency care needs of behavioral health patients. Ascension Seton remains committed to providing for current and future psychiatric patients.

What will happen to Austin Community College nursing programs and other nurse training at the Ascension Clinical Education Center (CEC)?

At this time, there are no plans to move the CEC programs. Austin Community College classes and other classes will continue to utilize the facility for nursing education.

Will the same level of safety net services provided at University Medical Center Brackenridge continue to be provided at the new teaching hospital?

Yes, all Ascension Seton facilities play a vital role in the region’s safety net, and Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will play a special role as the regional Level I (anticipated) trauma center.

How was this hospital built differently to improve patient service and access to care?

In order to maximize the space within the hospital and create easier access to more patient-friendly services, some services traditionally within the walls of the hospital were moved to nearby locations. These included certain administrative functions, clinical offices and clinics for some medical procedures.

What is the address?

Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
1500 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Who’s on the leadership team?

Jesús Garza
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Seton, and Senior Vice President, Ascension’s Texas Ministry

Michelle L. Robertson, RN, BSN, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals, and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension’s Texas Ministry

Christann M. Vasquez, MHA

President, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, University Medical Center Brackenridge and Ascension Seton Shoal Creek

Debra T. Hernandez, MHA, RN, FACHE, CENP

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek

Thomas Caven, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and University Medical Center Brackenridge