Ascension Seton wins Austin’s first Texas Business Star award

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Statewide honor presented for Ascension Seton’s innovative approach to health care and Texas’ economy

Ascension Seton, a leading health care system with more than 100 clinical locations throughout Austin and Central Texas, has been honored with the Austin area’s first Texas Business Star award by the Texas Economic Development Corporation, the organization that promotes economic development for the state.

texas-business-star-group-photo-captionsThe prestigious award was presented to Thomas Gallagher, Seton’s president of joint ventures and alliances, during a luncheon hosted by the Texas Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce to acknowledge the business executives, city and economic development leaders that are making an economic impact in the region.


A deep commitment to Texas’ growth

Part of Ascension — the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system — Ascension Seton employs more than 12,000 people in Central Texas. As greater Austin’s second-largest private employer, Ascension Seton is deeply committed to the growth of the region. Significant examples include the location of Seton’s corporate headquarters at Mueller Austin, a mixed-use urban development on the site of the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport; and Seton’s construction of the new Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a teaching hospital scheduled to open in 2017 and the centerpiece of a new health district in downtown Austin.

“It is an honor to present Ascension Seton with the Texas Business Star award,” said Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO of Texas Economic Development Corporation and TexasOne. “Ascension Seton perfectly exemplifies how our industry partners, including non-profits, private companies, academia and government, can work together to create a healthy, innovative economy in the Lone Star State.”

Recognition for Ascension Seton’s compassionate care

“In addition to its economic contributions, Ascension Seton directly impacts the well-being of our state by providing the highest quality compassionate care for Texans,” McDaniel added. Since 2006, the organization has provided almost $3.1 billion in uncompensated care. Ascension Seton was also listed as the No. 1 non-profit organization in the Austin Business Journal’s 2016 Giving Guide for its outstanding role in community giving.

“Ascension Seton is highly deserving of the Texas Business Star award,” said Charisse Bodisch, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Austin Chamber. “Ascension Seton recognizes the importance of investing in our community, providing short and long-term opportunities to enhance our region and supporting innovative efforts to transform our city. As one of Austin’s largest employers and a major pillar in the development of our Innovation District, Ascension Seton is changing the face of healthcare and entrepreneurship in the greater Austin region.”

“A healthier community means a more vibrant economy and stronger social determinants of success,” said Jesús Garza, president and CEO of Ascension Seton and senior vice president of Ascension’s Texas ministry. “Healthy children miss less school. Healthy employees miss fewer days of work. Seton’s investment in Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center and our community’s investment in Dell Medical School at UT will rev up the Central Texas economy for many years to come. And our Community Care Collaboration with Central Health will provide low-income workers a better quality of life. These are just a few examples of how good business is intricately tied to greater wellness throughout the community.”

Launched by the Texas Economic Development Corporation in September 2016, the Texas Business Star award recognizes companies that are making an extraordinary impact in their communities – whether through job creation, capital investment or a multitude of other factors that can elevate the economy. The first award was presented to Neutral Posture of Bryan, Texas.