4 things to know when Dell Seton Medical Center opens on May 21


After three years of development, Seton Healthcare Family officials are ready to open the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas on Sunday morning in downtown Austin.

The 517,000-square-foot hospital, which is located at 1500 Red River St., will replace University Medical Center Brackenridge. The new hospital has 211 beds and 13 operating rooms. It is built on property owned by UT, leased to Central Health and subleased to Seton.

Here is what you need to know about Sunday’s opening:

1. Emergency care will not be interrupted 

Dell Seton Medical Center’s emergency department will open at 7 a.m. Sunday, and at the same time, the department at UMCB will close, according to Seton. Emergency care will continue uninterrupted during the transition. The psychiatric emergency department at UMCB will remain open, according to Seton.

2. Roads surrounding the hospital will be closed 

For safety and to ease the transition, sections of Red River and 15th streets near Dell Seton Medical Center and UMCB will be closed all of Sunday. Medical staff will move patients at UMCB into the new facility at the corner of Red River and 15th streets. Road closures will end at midnight on Monday. The closures will not affect access to the hospital, according to Seton.

3. Parking will be available for the new hospital 

Visitors to Dell Seton Medical Center looking for parking can use a parking garage at the corner of Red River and 15th streets.

4. For emergency drop-offs, look for red signs

Red emergency signs will indicate the entrance to Dell Seton Medical Center emergency department, the drop-off area for which is located at the southwest corner of the facility near the intersection of Red River and 15th streets.


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