There’s another orange tower glowing in Austin’s skyline. Following a football victory by the University of Texas Longhorns Saturday night, Dell Children’s lit its tower orange in support of the team who has visited patients and families at the hospital for nearly a decade.
For the remaining football season, the hospital tower will be lit orange each time the Longhorns win. The orange tower not only celebrates the team’s victory, it’s also symbolic of Seton’s partnership with UT.
“We’re getting into the game-day spirit,” said Mark Shen, MD, president of Dell Children’s, a Seton hospital and part of Ascension. “You can feel the excitement in the community. It’s electric. So as health partners with UT, and because of all that the team has done for our patients, we thought this would be a great way to say thank you.”
Ascension Seton and The University of Texas at Austin are partners in research and new models of care to improve the health wellness of Central Texans. That includes making health care better for children. As an academic medical center, Dell Children’s will serve as the teaching hospital for Dell Medical School pediatrics students. This valuable partnership brings new pediatric research to our community.
What is a cornette?
A cornette is the white religious habit that adorns the top of the tower at Dell Children’s and certain other Ascension Seton hospitals. This is the part of the tower that’s lit orange. It is a symbol of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who wore the hats and founded Ascension Seton in 1902. The cornette on the Dell Children’s tower is visible from the I-35 north and southbound lanes, especially from the top deck.