Spring Opening


Invested by Ascension Seton


Square Feet

Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a 211-bed teaching hospital, opened in downtown Austin in 2017.

The new facility is built, owned and operated by Ascension Seton, a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. It will accommodate more patients than its predecessor and can be expanded in the future.

The medical center is the primary teaching hospital for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.* Ascension Seton, which has borne most of the costs for graduate medical education in Austin since 2005, is committed to continuing this support in partnership with University of Texas at Austin. The new medical school is the first to be built at a Tier 1 U.S. research university in nearly half a century. Ascension Seton has played a major role in shaping the school’s signature curriculum and research efforts, which include a focus on creating a more efficient and effective healthcare system and training future physician leaders.

15,000 New Jobs & $2 Billion

Projected for Local Economy Annually
By Teaching Hospital and Medical School Combined

Level 1 Trauma Center for Adults

Dell Seton, like University Medical Center Brackenridge before it, houses Central Texas’ only major (anticipated Level I designation) trauma center for adults. The trauma center gives patients in 11 counties round-the-clock access to skilled trauma specialists, including reconstructive plastic surgeons.

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.” Ascension 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, Ascension 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.


Operating Rooms


Total Beds


Emergency Beds

Economic Development

The hospital anchors 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

Ascension Seton invested $260 million to construct the new hospital, which was designed in accordance with Gold Level LEED standards for a “green” building. Ascension 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.

Room to Grow

  • Designed to expand in the future:
    • Up to 135 patient beds
    • More operating rooms
    • Added space for diagnostic and therapeutic support
  • New medical technology can be incorporated

* Medical students and residents (doctors in graduate medical education) also get hands-on training at other Ascension Seton facilities, including Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, various clinics and other locations.