Forty Years of Medical Excellence: Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin Marks Its Ruby Anniversary

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AUSTIN, Texas – (March 24, 2015) Forty years ago yesterday, on March 23, 1973, patients at Ascension Seton Hospital, located at 600 W. 26th St., were fed breakfast at 6 a.m. After that, they were moved by doctors, nurses and other employees to the new Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin at 1201 W. 38th St. in time for lunch.

Ascension Seton Austin can trace its roots back to 1902, after a group of Austin citizens asked the Daughters of Charity to build a local hospital to care for the sick. But this year, Austin’s largest medical/surgical acute care center, which is part of Ascension Seton, Central Texas’ largest health care system, is celebrating its Ruby Anniversary.

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Historical artifacts are displayed in hospital lobbies, including the main and south entrances.

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To mark the exact date, Ascension Seton Austin Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tad Hatton and other volunteers provided Ascension Seton Austin employees with free “build your own” ice cream sundaes at lunch time.

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Sundaes also were offered around dinnertime and cookies were provided for employees working overnight. Posters proclaiming the milestone were displayed inside hospital entrances.

Ascension Seton Austin offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for both patients admitted into the hospital and outpatients who are treated and then return home.

It has Central Texas’ highest rated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for “preemie” babies and is the only hospital in Central Texas that performs heart transplants.