The Fifty is a new group established to support a bold vision for the future of medical care in Central Texas. As an elite group of emerging leaders in Central Texas, The Fifty’s primary responsibility is to advocate for UMCB and academic medicine while engaging others in the community to do the same. Members are asked to contribute an annual gift as well as take on an annual group fundraising project benefiting UMCB. Membership is by invitation only.
Health care in Central Texas is reaching a pivotal moment where simply providing care is no longer enough. It is time for Austin, together with University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB), to emerge as a leader in training the next generation of physicians and caregivers, undertaking world-class research and providing state-of-the-art care in our region and beyond.
The Seton Healthcare Family is partnering with The University of Texas and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to realize this vision in our community. A new UMCB facility will be necessary to provide a nucleus for the bold innovation and ideas needed to help meet the medical education, healthcare and economic development needs of the 2.5 million residents projected to reside in Central Texas by the year 2020. Seton and UMCB are prepared, with community support, to embark on a major project to build this facility.
The visionary philanthropic support of this community partnered with the strong leadership of University Medical Center Brackenridge can revolutionize medical care and excellence in our community. The Fifty, a powerhouse of next generation leaders, will play a key role in changing the face of health care in our community.
University Medical Center Brackenridge
“The most innovative treatments and procedures are available in a teaching hospital. That educational and research environment lends itself to the newest, best clinical care available.” Carlos Brown, M.D. Trauma Medical Director, University Medical Center Brackenridge
You are witnessing the evolution of the next big thing in Austin. It will change the healthcare and economic landscape in Central Texas for generations to come.
And it’s all coming together at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
Research and academic medicine are bringing together great medical minds and creating a world-class medical center at University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB). Together with a planned medical school in Austin, UMCB will become an engine of economic development in research and biotechnology, and provide you the best clinical care right here at home.
The Seton Healthcare Family, The University of Texas System, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and The University of Texas at Austin are collaborating to increase academic medicine programs in the region.
What is academic medicine? It is educating the next generation of physicians and biomedical scientists, discovering causes of and cures for disease, and advancing knowledge of patient care while caring for patients. Together these activities create a synergy that enhances and advances medical care in our community.
What does this mean for you, your family, your business and your community?
As the only adult Level I Trauma Center in 11 counties, UMCB is your medical center. Any of us could be injured at work, home, or play, and UMCB provides critical care 24/7.
You shouldn’t have to travel to Houston or Dallas for the best care. The growing focus on academic medicine and medical research in Central Texas is having a profound impact on patient care by attracting the best residents and doctors, reducing the need for expensive and inconvenient travel, increasing access to promising new treatments, and delivering highly complex care. Research and teaching create a professional climate that encourages more creative evidence-based health care, improving the quality of treatment available right here at home.
Academic medicine is a major economic catalyst. A recent study found that expanding academic medicine in Central Texas could pump nearly $2 billion into the local economy annually, including $600 million in personal earnings and over 14,000 new jobs. This means better business for you and a stronger economic future for your children.
A teaching hospital is critical to providing charity care to our community. Nationally, teaching hospitals provide 71% of the nation’s charity care. Locally, Seton provided over $560 million in charity care and community benefit last year alone. About two-thirds of that care was provided at UMCB. Academic medicine helps Seton enact its mission to care for and improve the health of those we serve with a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable.
Why do we need residents? Central Texas is facing a shortage of nearly 2,000 physicians over the next 10 years. The vast majority of residents stay within 50 miles of where they train. Additionally, top physicians are attracted to the teaching and research environment of a teaching hospital. Offering residency programs helps grow the quantity and quality of doctors in the region so care is more readily available to you.
As a clinical research facility, UMCB helps to set the standard of care. Medicine is as much an art as it is a science. Doctors treat patients based on what has worked well in the past. Treatments grow and changed over time, as new discoveries are made. When doctors do research in a hospital setting with real patients they are discovering the best treatments and changing the standard of care.
The Seton Healthcare Family and University Medical Center Brackenridge invite you to join us in reshaping the destiny of your community.
For more information on how you can be involved, contact:
Chris Kazen Attal, CFRE
The Seton Fund
The Seton Fund
The Fifty Members
Advocacy Committee Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Fundraising Committee Chair
Event Committee Chair
Strategic Growth Committee Co-Chair
Strategic Growth Committee Co-Chair
Ms. Michelle Apodaca
Mr. John Arrow
Mr. Michael Breen
Mr. Rob Bridges
Dr. Carlos Brown
Ms. Diane Carter
Mr Brad Compere
Mr. Brant Couch
Ms. Penny Crow
Ms. Lauren Davis
Mr. Hugo Diaz
Dr. Brannon Frank
Mr. Cuatro Groos
Dr. Tracey Haas
Ms. Susan Hewlitt
Mr. Sean Kelly
Mr. Ed Kargbo
Mr. Tim League
Dr. Tony Manuel
Mr. Dennis McWilliams
Ms. Cathy Nabours
Dr. Michael Patton
Dr. Stephen Pan
Mr. Lee Potts
Mr. Ben Richards
Mr. Joe Ross
Ms. Lesa Rossick
Ms. Emily Schmitz
Mr. Austin Stowell
Mr. Eric Weaver
Mr. Judd Willmann
Mr. Lloyd Wilson