Construction approved for Dell Medical School’s new teaching hospital

Seton Healthcare Family has announced that its parent company, Ascension Health, has approved construction of a teaching hospital for The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School.

The hospital, which will replace University Medical Center Brackenridge, will become the primary training facility for the Dell Medical School, which will accept its first class in 2016. Construction of the new hospital is expected to begin in 2014 and be completed in 2017, according to a news release from Seton.

Seton is funding the construction of the hospital, and in November 2012, Travis County voters approved funding to help support medical school operations.

The new hospital will be built on the north side of 15th Street, across from University Medical Center Brackenridge. The land, owned by UT Austin, will be leased to Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, which in turn will sub-lease the land to Seton.

The teaching hospital will be an integral part of the Community Care Collaborative, Seton and Central Health’s joint initiative to provide more comprehensive health care for low-income and uninsured individuals.

“The new teaching hospital represents an important part of our community's safety net, but up until now UMC Brackenridge has been the principle safety net option for the poor and vulnerable,” said Greg Hartman, Seton president of Academic Medicine, Research and External Affairs. “But that's about to change. Along with Central Health, UT Austin and the UT System, we will create an entire safety net system.”

For more information, read the Seton news release and visit the websites for the Dell Medical School and Community Care Collaborative.