Hundreds Record History in Time Capsule


signing time capsuleAscension Seton community inscribes its thoughts and wishes for new teaching hospital

Nearly 350 staff and clinicians left their mark in a time capsule guest book that will be “buried” at the future teaching hospital and opened decades from now.

Some left messages that provided advice to the teaching hospital’s future clinicians:

  • “Have passion for what you do and the patients you serve.”
  • “Make a difference!”
  • “God bless. Continue the great work.”

Others left messages of gratitude for their time at University Medical Center Brackenridge:

  • “You have been an integral part of my 45 years in Austin and saved my life many times and that of my nine children and 13 grandchildren. Thank you and God bless.”
  • “A lifetime in this hospital—great memories, great people, great time.”

A brief ceremony was held at UMC Brackenridge on June 16 to mark the time capsule’s sealing. Ascension Seton leadership acknowledged the legacy of UMC Brackenridge on the Central Texas community. They also expressed their confidence that the hospital’s staff and clinicians will continue their drive toward excellence at Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

“One hundred years from now, Central Texans will look back upon this time capsule and the opening of our future teaching hospital in hopes of catching a glimpse of where it all began — when health care took a major step toward transformation,” said Christann Vasquez, president of Dell Ascension Seton and UMC Brackenridge.chrsitann time capsule

The time capsule will be sealed in a wall on the first floor of the teaching hospital. Other items enclosed will include:

  • A piece of the rock from the UMC Brackenridge basement “Rock Room”
  • Mayoral proclamation announcing “Ascension Seton Day” the day the time capsule is opened in the future
  • Letters from Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin
  • Photos of Dell Ascension Seton during construction and UMC Brackenridge over the decades
  • Photos of the Daughters of Charity, who founded Ascension Seton in Austin in 1902
  • Austin disease demographics and population statistics