Our History

Ascension Seton is a faith-based nonprofit healthcare system founded in 1902 by the Daughters of Charity. Called to be a sign of God’s unconditional love for all, Ascension Seton strives to expand access to high-quality, low-cost, person-centered care and services. Ascension Seton is a part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. We build upon national resources to improve care on a community level. We have a regional focus with national support.

Ascension Health was formed nearly 20 years ago, when the Daughters of Charity united with the Sisters of St. Joseph health system. That tie initiated the largest nonprofit health system in the country. By coming together to embrace one shared Mission and name, we can best attract and serve people who need us. The right balance between local identity and national resources is leading to new and innovative ways for you to see a doctor or nurse, when and where you need it. As part of Ascension, your doctor has access to the knowledge and resources of thousands of others across the country, which can then be adapted to your situation. The Seton and Ascension relationship has transcended healthcare in our community and across the nation.

Over the last century, Ascension Seton has grown from that first hospital to a network of 12 hospitals and more than 100 clinical locations across Central Texas, including four teaching hospitals. Ascension Seton employs over 10,000 and is a major contributor to the Central Texas economy. Over the past decade, Ascension Seton has provided over $2 billion in charity care to the poor and vulnerable in Central Texas. Last year, Ascension Texas provided nearly $250 million in charity care for persons living in poverty and over $480 million in community benefit programs, as defined by the State of Texas.

Seton Foundations raise the funds and awareness necessary to operate and advance the Ascension Seton network of hospitals, including Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Seton Hays Foundation, Seton Williamson Foundation, The Seton Fund, and Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

Since 1966, over $495M in generous gifts to the Seton Foundations have transformed care in Central Texas. These gifts have allowed Ascension Seton to be the first to provide a neonatal intensive care unit, heart transplants, Level 1 trauma care, and a world-class pediatric medical center in our community changing the lives of central Texans and the hundreds moving here each day.

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