A new era of care begins at Dell Seton


Ascension Seton and Ascension began taking care of patients at Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas May 21, marking a new era of health care in Austin.

With careful precision, Ascension Seton care teams and Austin-Travis County EMS ensured patients were moved safely from University Medical Center Brackenridge to Dell Ascension Seton. Ascension Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Dell Ascension Seton President Christann Vasquez said the day was nothing short of a miracle.

“I am so proud to work with this amazing Ascension Seton team that made today a success,” Vasquez said. “We’ve taken the spirit from across the street … and enhanced the level of patient-centered care.”

Day one at Dell Ascension Seton by the numbers

  • 115 patients moved
  • 128 emergency room patients treated
  • 50 Austin-Travis County EMS personnel
  • 14 ambulances
  • 1,500+ Ascension Seton staffers
  • Nine hours to complete move

The patient-centered and physician-focused facility is expected to serve as Central Texas’ only adult Level I Trauma Center. The state-of-the-art hospital has 13 operating rooms and 211 beds, and room to grow.

Intensive Care Unit Nurse Angel Torres-Carmona said while he has loved his time working at UMC Brackenridge, he is thrilled to work in the new environment.

“We are very excited that we have all the tools, the most modern tools, to provide the best care,” Torres-Carmona said.

Those modern tools will help to take care of patients like Lillian Mabee, who was one of 115 patients moved to Dell Ascension Seton May 21.

Just before her move to Dell Ascension Seton, Mabee said she received excellent care at UMC Brackenridge and was confident in the staff’s ability to make the move comfortable and safe.

“What a beautiful room,” Mabee said, getting settled in her new room at Dell Ascension Seton. “I have such a beautiful view.”

Person-centered design

Examples of the thoughtful planning to focus on the patient include:

  • Inpatient room video screens that announce a caregiver’s name and role
  • Vital signs transmitted directly the medical record automatically – no transcribing after the fact
  • Nurse stations with direct sightlines to patients in their rooms
  • Beds that adjust to a patient’s level of severity, meaning fewer bed-to-bed transitions
  • Instantaneous in-room interpreter services for patients whose first language is not English
  • Valet parking and enclosed walkway
  • Dedicated express elevators from helipad to trauma bay
  • Dual purpose trauma bays that quickly convert to operating rooms
  • Sterilization units next to ORs, saving steps and time
  • LEED standards