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News Release: Ascension Seton announces new women’s health tower in Austin

Ascension Seton is pleased to announce plans to build a new women’s tower on its Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin campus.

The women’s tower will be a $320 million investment and part of a broader expansion and modernization plan for Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin. The tower will expand access to Ascension Seton’s comprehensive women’s health services in Central Texas with advanced clinical services for women’s health, increased patient capacity, high-quality, optimized care, and academic programs and subspecialty expertise. It will also create additional space where physicians can provide an exceptional patient experience, achieve world class outcomes, and train the caregivers of tomorrow. The name of the new women’s tower will be announced at a later date.

“In serving our community for 120 years, Ascension Seton is committed to creating an experience that is designed for and by women. This expansion enables us to deliver personalized and compassionate care for our patients and creates the best place to practice medicine for our physician partners,” said Andy Davis, President and CEO of Ascension Texas. “Ascension Seton will continue to focus on ways to meet the needs and expectations of our community and be a destination for high quality, individualized women’s services in Central Texas.”

Development of new women’s tower

The new, comprehensive women’s tower will be located on the south side of the Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin campus, on the corner of 34th Street and Medical Parkway. Totaling 282,000 square feet, the tower will feature:

  • patient-centered design with the addition of 28 inpatient beds for women’s clinical services
  • capacity for approximately 7,500 deliveries
  • private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms
  • C-section suites
  • areas for minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries
  • expanded antepartum space
  • dedicated OB-GYN emergency department
  • teaching and learning center
  • growth for other women’s services, including urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, breast diagnostics and surgery
  • additional parking

Community investment and partnership remains vital to growth at Ascension Seton. A philanthropic effort to support the expansion of women’s health services at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin will be launched in the fall of 2022. Construction on the new women’s tower will begin in fall 2022, and the tower is expected to open in fall 2024.

Women’s services expansions across Ascension Texas

High quality care continues to be a primary focus for Ascension Seton. Ascension Seton has seen an increased demand for women’s healthcare needs in Central Texas, and that the health system continues to grow to meet those needs. The new women’s tower follows other exciting expansions to women’s health services at Ascension Seton, including the expansion of Maternal Fetal Medicine services across Ascension Texas, the addition of the new Comprehensive Fetal Care Center and Specialized Delivery Unit at Dell Children’s Medical Center, Level IV Maternal Designation at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, and continued growth of subspecialty gynecology services across the network.

These investments are part of a comprehensive, ongoing plan by Ascension Seton, in partnership with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas and UT Health Austin, to continue expanding care for women in Central Texas.

“We strive to be the preeminent provider of comprehensive women’s health services in Austin and beyond,” said Dr. George Macones, leader of women’s health services at Ascension Seton. “With the addition of the women’s tower, we’re excited to offer even more advanced women’s health services to help support our region’s fast-growing population.”

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin is located at W 38th St., Austin, TX 78705. More information will be available as this project continues to unfold.

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