New Seton teaching hospital construction under way

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Seton broke ground Tuesday on its new teaching hospital that will be located at the northwest corner of 15th and Red River streets. The new hospital will be built, owned and operated by the Seton Healthcare Family — with the new Dell Medical School being constructed on the opposite side of the road and funded, owned, and operated by the University of Texas.

Seton will invest $245 million toward construction and spearhead efforts to raise another $50 million via philanthropy. Seton used a similar approach to fund the construction of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The hospital will be built with all local materials, including limestone, steel and glass, along with artistic metal panels on the sides. In addition, Seton will seek a national green building certification for the hospital.

The land the new hospital will sit on is owned by UT Austin but will be leased to Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, which in turn will sublease the land to Seton. Despite projections of continued population growth, the new teaching hospital will be roughly the same size as the current University of Medical Center Brackenridge with 211 beds. The Seton Teaching Hospital, once built, will replace Brackenridge, and the current hospital will become an office facility.

“We still have some training going on at Brackenridge. Since we have the Center for Education, nursing skills labs, and simulation training over there, that will probably still go on,” said Charley Scarborough, Seton Fund executive director. “But patients won’t go over there. They will go to the new Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.”

The completion date is slated for 2017.

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