Take one more peek before Dell Seton Medical Center opens

Greg Hartman, Seton vice president of external affairs, and Christann Vasquez, president of Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, inside the new teaching hospital that is set to open May 21.

Greg Hartman, Seton vice president of external affairs, and Christann Vasquez, president of Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, inside the new teaching hospital that is set to open May 21.

While some remaining technology installation and medical staff training have yet to be completed, the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas is on track to move in patients from University Medical Center Brackenridge on May 21.

Officials with Seton Healthcare Family, the new teaching hospital's operator, gave one final sneak peek March 31 at the 517,000-square-foot facility that has been under construction since 2014 at 1500 Red River St. in downtown Austin.

The hospital, with 211 beds and 13 operating rooms, is built on property owned by UT, leased to Central Health and subleased to Seton. The partners believe the facility's technological capabilities and the fact that it will be a training ground for medical students and researchers at The University of Texas Dell Medical School could bring revolutionary changes to health care, said Greg Hartman, Seton's vice president of external affairs, during a tour of the hospital.

"We really think there's all sorts of ways to change the system with all the upheaval in health care," Hartman said.

Seton is covering the $310 million development cost, which includes $260 million from Ascension, the health provider's parent organization. The remaining $50 million is coming from donors.

Dell Seton Medical Center President Christann Vasquez said Seton is close to meeting its fundraising target for the hospital with about $44 million taken in through philanthropy so far.

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