H-E-B announces $1 million donation to Seton’s newest teaching hospital


People looking at the mosaic.Funds will help foster a healthier community and improve care

H-E-B announced a $1 million contribution to the capital campaign for Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas during an unveiling of a mosaic gracing the lobby of Seton’s newest teaching hospital April 8.

H-E-B’s generous contribution supports Seton’s goal to improve the health of Central Texans. Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

H-E-B is also a sponsor of the mosaic mural, which depicts a healthy Central Texas as illustrated on thousands of individual art tiles painted by students in the Austin, Dripping Springs and Round Rock school districts; Ascension Seton employees; and community members.

On May 21, University Medical Center Brackenridge will close its doors and Dell Ascension Seton, which was designed with input from more than 500 doctors, nurses, educators, product designers and former patients, will welcome its first patients.

The new hospital will be the main teaching facility for students of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, which will soon admit its second class. Dell Ascension Seton will provide advanced care for conditions like stroke, brain disorders and serious injuries.

“It takes strong partners committed to creating a healthier community to bring a vision to life,” said Christann Vasquez, president of Dell Ascension Seton. “We’re so grateful to H-E-B for this generous gift and support to help us deliver compassionate, personalized care in Central Texas.”

Because of a shared community-oriented mission, H-E-B has invested more than $7.8 million throughout Seton’s network since 1970.

A shared history of philanthropy

Ascension Seton and H-E-B have a long history of serving the Austin community.

“H-E-B’s commitment and involvement in the community has been an important part of the way we do business for more than a century,” said Jeff Thomas, H-E-B senior vice president and general manager for the Central Texas region. “We’re proud to support Ascension Seton in its effort to improve health care for Central Texans and look forward to the future of care in this community.”

H-E-B’s heritage dates back to 1905, when Florence Butt opened the C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville. The Butt family began bringing bags of food to families in need. Since then, H-E-B has supported many aspects needed for a healthy life, including nutritious food for families in need, education, green building, mental health services, and disaster relief.

Similarly rooted in a history of community care, Ascension Seton was founded by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic organization that dates back to 17th century France. The Daughters dedicated their lives to taking care of the poor and vulnerable. Today, Seton’s mission remains the same: to provide compassionate care to all.