Information for External Collaborators

Why partner with Ascension Seton for your health-related research or other project? Austin, Texas is considered one of the fastest growing and most innovative cities in the world with about 2,900 patents registered by its residents, the second-most per-capita of any U.S metro area, and an annual ratio of 1.7 patents for every thousand residents. Austin’s culture of innovation is enhanced by the presence of a significant number of technology firms and biotechnology.

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Ascension Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and the The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin anchor a new downtown Austin Medical District designed to forge strategic patient-oriented research partnerships. This proximity will enable local collaborators to test and commercialize the products of these partnerships. Combined, the two new institutions are expected to produce 15,000 new jobs and generate $2 billion in annual economic activity. The proximity of facilities is intended to attract and retain high quality career researchers, nurture an emerging health and technology sector, and generate innovative medical practices and products.

About Seton

  • Eleven total hospitals
  • Four teaching hospitals
  • Eleven residency and seven fellowship programs
  • 1,760 beds
  • Employs 463 physicians, works with 2,426 credentialed physicians
  • Employs about 12,800 throughout network
  • 69,331 discharges
  • 338,928 ER visits
  • 980,051 outpatient visits
  • Two Level 1 Trauma Centers (the only ones in Central Texas) at Dell Children’s Medical Center and Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas (anticipated designation)
  • More than 100 clinical locations

Community Partners and Collaborators

  • Central Health
  • CommUnityCare – Federally Qualified Health Center System
  • UT Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin
  • Central Health Community Care Collaborative
  • Austin Independent School District

Community Overview

Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, a center for government and education, and home to number of Fortune 500 companies. In 2015 Forbes listed Austin as #1 “Boom Town” because of its economic strength including job opportunities.

Population and Demographics

In 2015, the number of people living in Austin was about 901,000, with the five-county surrounding metro area population exceeding two million. Austin is growing fast; from 2000 to 2010 the population grew 37 percent, and by 2020, the Hispanic population is expected to surpass the Anglo population.

Major Programs/Collaborations

Seton, Central Health and UT Dell Medical School

In 2012, Austin voters approved a proposition, associated with a property tax increase that was designed to launch a new medical school and teaching hospital in tandem with a model for treating the sick and preventing illness.

As a result, UT is building and paying for a new medical school (with its first class beginning this fall 2016), Ascension Seton is building and paying for a new teaching hospital, adjacent to the new medical school (scheduled to open 2017), and Central Health is receiving the new revenue associated with the tax increase to provide medical care for Austin’s un- and under-insured.

Community Care Collaborative (Central Health and Seton)

The goal of the CCC provides a framework for implementing the Texas 1115 Medicaid Waiver and an Integrated Delivery System (IDS) to provide healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured in Travis County.