Dell Seton Medical Center

When the Dell Seton Medical Center opens its doors on May 21, 2017, it will be the first teaching hospital built in the United States in the past 60+ years. More than just a singular building, the teaching hospital at The University of Texas will be the centerpiece of a new medical district in downtown Austin. Flush with the latest in medical technology, Austin will have the hospital this innovative city deserves.

As a member of the fundraising board, the Seton 50, I was honored to be included in the Private Preview and Celebration VIP donor preview party held on Friday, April 7. The halls were filled with the men and women who have spent the past several years creating a new home for Austin’s only Level I Trauma Center for adults creating over 15,000 new jobs in this newly forming medical district.

On stage to give thanks to the supporters in the crowd were Jesús Garza, CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family, Pete Winstead, founding shareholder of Winstead PC and Texas Senator, Kirk Watson. Members of the Dell Family Foundation were recognized for the generous match of $25 million which all but ensured that the facility could and would become a reality.

Following the toasts, each guest was invited to take a tour of the facility which included The Chapel. As seen in the following slideshow, the Chapel’s crucifix, alter, wall, lectern, chair and tables were all made of the reclaimed trees that once grew on the empty lot where the Dell Seton Medical Center now stands.

Festive balloons welcomed each of the VIP guests.

The reclaimed wood which created the alter, crucifix, lectern, chair and wall.

Alisa Weldon and Lynn Yeldell of well+done DESIGN.

Gary Farmer, Alisa Weldon and Mike Rollins

Recognition of the generous match donation of the Dell Family Foundation.

A view of the green roof visible from the chemotherapy treatment and patient rooms.

Dell Seton Medical Center HEB Mural

Candy Stripers distributed commemorative chocolates to each VIP as they left with the inscription, "thank you for daring to dream."



An incredible highlight of the entryway was the mural in the lobby. From the community and for the community, each individual tile was hand drawn by youth artists throughout Central Texas. The artwork is visible for all to see as a part of another generous partnership of Texas based HEB.


For more on the facility and the formal open date of May 21, click here.