Austin’s expanding healthcare system rivals that of any major metropolitan area. Forty-six area hospitals, including two under construction, and a dedicated children’s hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, complement community clinical services of 4,817 direct patient care physicians. Even though Austin is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, our physician-to-population ratio tops those of Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Recent area medical center expansions bring the total number of licensed hospital beds to nearly 5,000. Choice of care providers is diverse. Ascension Seton, St. David’s HealthCare, and Baylor Scott & White operate 25 of the region’s 46 hospitals, with the remainder run by 16 different non-profit and for-profit systems.
The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, which enrolled its first class in 2016, will improve health in Travis County and throughout the country by training new physicians, providing treatment in a new teaching hospital, and conducting research to expand knowledge of medicine and medical technology. As part of a visionary partnership with Ascension Seton and Central Health, a public healthcare district, a new $295 million teaching hospital has been constructed adjacent to the new Dell Medical School. By designing these facilities concurrently within an integrated complex, the effort represents an unprecedented opportunity to create the best possible environment to respond to community needs and provide patient care.