Now You See It: Sign Atop New Hospital


signage_atop_new_hosptial_316 450sizeThe main signage for Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas is now in place for all passersby near the downtown location to see. The new 211-bed teaching hospital can accommodate more patients than University Medical Center Brackenridge and can be expanded in the future.

It will be 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. Ascension Seton and Ascension are paying for the construction; no taxpayers funds are being used.

The hospital will be the primary teaching hospital for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. 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 healthcare system and training future physician leaders.

Dell Ascension Seton, like UMC Brackenridge before it, will house Central Texas’ only Level I trauma center for adults. The trauma center gives patients in 11 counties round-the-clock access to skilled trauma specialists.

Medical students and residents (medical school graduates who are “doctors in training”) also will get hands-on training at other Ascension Seton facilities, including Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, as well as clinics and other locations.

Ascension Seton is investing more than $250 million to construct the new hospital, which has been 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.

To help us reach this goal, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced a generous $25 million challenge grant. That means that each dollar donated will be matched by the foundation, up to $25 million. Please Donate Now to help us reach our goal and improve the health and well-being of people throughout Central Texas.