May 10, 2017
The Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will open its doors to patients on May 21.
This 21st century hospital, which was built by Seton Healthcare Family without tax dollars, will replace the aged Brackenridge and serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay. It will provide world-class trauma care and specialty care, led by doctors on the faculty of UT’s Dell Medical School.
It will also be a teaching hospital where the students from Dell Medical School — located across the street — will train to become the future of care in our community.
In late 2011, I set out a vision for our community of achieving 10 Goals in 10 Years to enhance our community’s health and economy. One of those goals was a modern teaching and safety net hospital. Others included a new medical school at UT, uniquely Austin health clinics and better mental health care.
I’m so proud of the community embracing the vision. And I’m grateful to Seton for the role it’s played in making it happen. Together with Central Health (our county’s health care district) and Dell Medical School, which opened last year, we’re keeping the promise of the 10 Goals in 10 Years.
We live in a special place that can make something this big really happen.
All are welcome to come to an open house on Saturday from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. to see this wonderful new community asset at 15th and Red River Streets.
Seton has operated Austin’s safety net hospital since 1995, but has built upon that community partnership in recent years. And this new gift to our community is extraordinary.
I’m incredibly excited to see where this partnership will take us next.