After 50 Years, Couple’s Dream Comes True


don_and_betty_cummins400sizeImagine Austin without MoPac and Capital of Texas Highway. Don Cummins couldn’t, so in the late 1960s he funded, out of his own pocket, studies on the need and benefits of adding north/south travel corridors west of the city.

Today, Don and his wife, Betty, can’t imagine Austin without a new teaching hospital that will foster medical research and train new doctors.

That’s why the couple has made a generous donation toward constructing Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

“Austin has been good to us, so we feel it’s important to participate in the things that are good for Austin,” Don Cummins said. “Life has come full circle. I was (also) part of a group pushing to build a medical school here back in the 1960s. And now, here we are, 50 years later, able to support a modern new teaching hospital that will help this community for generations to come.

“I predict that the new downtown medical complex will transform Austin into an outstanding medical destination,” he said, “and the economic impact and job growth will be incredible.”

Thanks to a generous $25 million match grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Cummins’ gift and others to Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at UT will be doubled, dollar for dollar, until the $50 million campaign is complete.

Read their story on The Future of Care website.