Your Vision Could be Put in a Time Capsule


This year and next, fast-paced changes in health care will speed up in Central Texas with the opening of the University of Texas’ new Dell Medical School and Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

Timecapsule_DSMCUT-rendering-with-nameWhat does the future hold? What innovations will occur – in technology, service delivery and the ways care providers and patients interact? What will we do better? What might seem unimaginable to most of us now – but very likely commonplace decades from now?

The public is invited to join employees of Ascension Seton, a member of Ascension, in providing prognostications that will be included in a time capsule to be embedded within a wall at Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at UT. Ascension, Ascension Seton and local donors are funding its construction on the northwest corner of 15th and Red River streets.

A panel, including physicians, medical school faculty and health care informatics experts, will review submissions and make final decisions as to what is placed inside the time capsule. The capsule will be ceremoniously put in place in May – one year before the new teaching hospital is scheduled to open. Ascension Seton will reveal which predictions and what other items are inside it at a special ceremony.

Predictions can be submitted via email to or by tweeting #dellsetoncapsule. The deadline is Friday, March 18.

Ascension Seton is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system. Ascension Seton and Ascension are investing $245 million toward the $295 million teaching hospital. Ascension Seton Fund, with help from community leader fundraising volunteers, is spearheading efforts to raise the other $50 million from the community – one of the largest goals for a single, nongovernmental building campaign in Austin’s history. No taxpayer funds are paying for construction.

The new hospital will replace University Medical Center Brackenridge, located across 15th Street, as the only Level I trauma center for adults serving a surrounding, 11-county community. It will be the primary teaching hospital for Dell Medical School – but not the only one in the Ascension Seton system.

At Ascension Seton Medical Center AustinAscension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, doctors also will be training future doctors, conducting groundbreaking research and implementing new treatments. Ascension Seton has funded most of the costs for graduate medical education in Austin since 2005, and is committed to continuing this support in partnership with UT.

The new medical school is the first to be built in the U.S. at a Tier 1 research university in nearly half a century. Ascension Seton is playing a major role in helping to shape the school’s signature curriculum and research efforts, focused on creating a more efficient and effective health care system and training future physician leaders.