Jun 29, 2017

Seton welcomes community and business leader Miguel Romano as the new president of Ascension Texas Foundations.

No stranger to Ascension Texas, Romano served on its Board of Directors and the Ascension Texas Finance Committee and Governance Committee. Ascension Texas, comprised of Seton Healthcare Family in Austin and Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“As our Central Texas population grows, the demand for convenient, affordable, person-centered health care grows – and so does the need to support that kind of excellent care,” said Greg Hartman, Chief of External and Academic Affairs, Seton Healthcare Family. “That’s where someone like Miguel comes in, someone with the vision and the creativity to help us expand and continue to provide the best care possible,” Hartman said.

Jun 28, 2017

The 2017 EASB Live! from Camp Mabry gala netted a record $1,062,845 in support of building and equipment needs for the Marialice Shivers Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and mother/baby services at Seton Medical Center Austin! Thank you to the 1,100+ guests who made the night a phenomenal success! You truly made a difference in the lives of Seton’s tiniest patients and their families.


Jun 25, 2017

Seton and Ascension began taking care of patients at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas May 21, marking a new era of health care in Austin.

With careful precision, Seton care teams and Austin-Travis County EMS ensured patients were moved safely from University Medical Center Brackenridge to Dell Seton. Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Dell Seton President Christann Vasquez said the day was nothing short of a miracle.

“I am so proud to work with this amazing Seton team that made today a success,” Vasquez said. “We’ve taken the spirit from across the street … and enhanced the level of patient-centered care.”

May 24, 2016

Seton Medical Center Austin’s NICU has been saving lives since 1979. Now it needs your help to update equipment to assist the doctors and nurses in saving lives for another 37 years.

Jan 27, 2015

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation today announced a major challenge grant to pay for construction of Seton Healthcare Family’s new teaching hospital in downtown Austin and solidify a community-wide plan to provide better care closer to home. The foundation will match, dollar for dollar, up to $25 million to help The Seton Fund raise $50 million for the new 211-bed hospital now under construction at 15th and Red River streets.

Jan 22, 2015

Significant philanthropic support has been and continues to be vital in furthering Seton’s mission to care for all with a special concern for the vulnerable. To help guide fundraising efforts and further develop relationships with community partners and supporters, The Seton Foundations are pleased to announce new roles for three key foundation leaders.

Donna Budak, FAHP, CFRE, begins a new role as executive director of The Seton Fund in addition to her current responsibilities as executive director of Seton Williamson Foundation. At The Seton Fund, established by the Daughters of Charity as the original fundraising arm for the Seton Healthcare Family, Donna will oversee fundraising efforts in support of Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton League House, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, the three Seton Community Health Centers, and various Seton initiatives.

Donna’s extensive fundraising experience with the Seton Healthcare Family spans many years, including a role as director of campaigns for The Seton Fund. Of special note, Donna was director of major gifts and planned giving for the $86 million campaign to build and equip Dell Children’s Medical Center. Prior to joining Seton, Donna served as director of annual giving and director of development at Ballet Austin. She is a past president of Austin’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the board of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Greater Round Rock and the Association of Healthcare Professionals.

Linda Lotz, CFRM, has been promoted to her new position as executive director of Seton Hays Foundation, where she will lead fundraising efforts in support of Seton Medical Center Hays, Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, Seton Southwest Hospital, and Seton Smithville Regional Hospital. She replaces Gerald Hill, who retired at the end of 2014.

Since 2010, Linda has served with The Seton Fund as the senior development officer for Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA), the region’s largest medical/surgical acute care center. Her many achievements include raising more than $9 million in support of SMCA projects, most notably the successful completion of the campaign to build and equip the new Seton Breast Care Center which opened its doors in 2014. Among her prior roles, Linda served as the director of development for Hyde Park Schools in Austin where she established a nonprofit foundation benefiting the schools, secured key endowments, and led annual fund and direct-mail programs. She also successfully completed the Hyde Park Schools capital campaign to build and equip a new high school and athletic facilities.

Charles “Charley” Scarborough, CFP®, CFRE, transitions to a new role as executive director of the $50 million capital campaign to build and equip Seton’s newest teaching hospital, Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, set to open in 2017. Since the campaign kicked off nearly two years ago, Charley has provided leadership over its fundraising efforts while also serving as full-time executive director of The Seton Fund. He will now focus his efforts on completing the $50 million capital campaign and developing programs to provide future ongoing support of the new medical center.

As executive director of The Seton Fund he led a team of development professionals in cultivating philanthropic support for many key campaigns and initiatives. During his 13 years with Seton, Charley has served as founding executive director of the Seton Williamson Foundation and director of planned giving for The Seton Fund and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Before joining Seton, Charley served as a planned giving director with Catholic Healthcare West and worked in private banking and trust services.

Oct 28, 2014

The Seton Foundations are taking a major step in strengthening their online fundraising efforts by creating a new “supersite” online —

“By creating one supersite for fundraising, we will help increase awareness and recognition for all of Seton’s causes, which will ultimately further our mission to care for and improve the health of those we serve. We’re excited to provide enhanced opportunities online for donors and supporters to connect with Seton’s important work,” said Ken Gladish, PhD, President & CEO of the Seton Foundations.

The project will unfold in two phases, with the first phase set to launch in late October 2014. During this phase, online donations and event registrations made at the existing websites for The Seton Fund, Seton Hays Foundation and Seton Williamson Foundation will be processed via

Donors will still be able to easily designate which cause their donation supports, and Seton will provide an improved donation experience that incorporates newer technology with a more streamlined process, ultimately allowing for faster processing of gifts.

The second phase of the online overhaul will launch next year and details will be shared as they become available.

We very much appreciate your continued support of Seton and look forward to serving you better online with these exciting technology updates!

May 29, 2014

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Board hosted the record-setting EASB Live! Gala, Saturday, April 12, at Camp Mabry. Guests enjoyed a casual evening under the stars, with catering by 34th Street Café, an incredible auction, a live performance by Robert Earl Keen, and an after-party featuring DJ Hear No Evil, and late-night fare by P.Terry’s and Stinson’s Bistro.

Oct 2, 2013

Stripes® Convenience Stores has landed in Burnet, Texas, at 2501 South Water Street, and they're celebrating with a special grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m.

Stripes has selected the Seton Kids Care-a-Van as the beneficiary of a generous donation, and Stripes representatives will present a check to Seton during the ceremonies.

Sep 20, 2013

Suzy’s Soldiers Golf Tournament & Gala events raised more than $118,000 for the Seton Breast Care Center, scheduled to open in January 2014, at Seton Medical Center Austin. This marks the first year the center has been the beneficiary of these annual volunteer-driven events, which were generously underwritten by Longhorn Health Solutions.

Jul 14, 2013

Thanks to our loyal supporters, the annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Board Gala, held on April 13th, raised more than $600,000 for the Seton Community Health Centers — Seton Kozmetsky, Seton McCarthy and Seton Topfer — and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for the poor.

The evening featured live music by Jerry Jeff Walker and the Bellamy Brothers, dinner by Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, late night snacks by P. Terry’s, and live and silent auctions. To relive the excitement of the evening, browse our gala photos.

Apr 13, 2013

The Seton Fund and EASB is thrilled to announce the 2013 Gala will be held on Saturday, April 13th at Camp Mabry, an exciting new venue!.  "Evening Under the Stars . . . . Live from Camp Mabry" entertainment to be announced in December.  The 2013 Gala will benefit the Seton Community Health Centers and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for the Poor, a permanent endowment that helps sustain the long-term growth and operations of the clinics for years to come.

For more information about the 2013 gala, and for sponsorship information, click here or contact Shannon Kors at (512) 324-1021 or

Feb 28, 2013

The Seton Breast Cancer Center is one of the beneficiaries of Amplify Austin – there is no better time to make a donation! Your donation to the Seton Breast Cancer Center through the Amplify Austin 24-hour fundraising festival March 4th (7pm) through March 5th (7pm) will be matched. To make a donation please click here. NOTE: this page will not be live and able to accept donations until 7pm on March 4th.

Jul 26, 2012

This year’s Gala is a celebration of our support of the new Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin as well as the Seton Nurse Scholarship and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment.

May 14, 2012

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has issued a generous $500,000 challenge grant to support the Breast Cancer Center, which will open in 2013.

To qualify for this exciting gift, the Seton Fund must raise an additional $2.3 million toward the $5.6 million goal.  So far, donors like you have helped the Seton Fund raise $3.3 million.  Thank you!

Act soon.  The Mabee Foundation challenge deadline is in January.

About the Mabee Foundation

The Mabee Foundation was established in 1948 to assist religious, charitable and educational organizations in the Southwest.  \Since 1988, the Mabee Foundation has supported Seton projects, including capital improvements at Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Northwest Hospital and Dell Children’s.

The Seton Healthcare Family is grateful to the Mabee Foundation for its long-time support of our mission.

May 6, 2012

540 leaders in the higher education, medical and business communities attended a fundraising luncheon for University Medical Center Brackenridge on April 10.  Donors and sponsors gave almost $300,000 to benefit patients needing complex medical care at UMCB.   The equipment funded by this luncheon will help neonatal babies breathe, allow the hands of surgeons to heal, and provide other tools clinicians need to care for you and for our community.  Cutting edge research will bring dreams to reality at the bedside.

Mar 15, 2012

To be eligible you must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited undergraduate or graduate nursing program for the 2012-2013 academic year. Full-time, part-time and PRN employees must have been hired on or before March 31, 2011, and have had at least one annual performance evaluation. PRN employees must have worked a minimum of 288 hours. Volunteers need to have completed at least 208 volunteer hours of volunteer service with Seton over the last 18 months.

Jan 24, 2012

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.

Jan 13, 2012

At the annual luncheon celebrating University Medical Center Brackenridge, Clarke Heidrick will be honored for is longstanding commitment to providing quality medical services for your community. It will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 11:30 to 1 pm at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Proceeds from the event will support research and technology for complex care at UMCB. Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

“You want to be taken care of at a teaching hospital,” says Carlos Brown, M.D., trauma medical director at UMCB. “Teaching hospitals are where the most complex cases, the most innovative treatments and procedures are available. That education and research environment lends itself to the newest, best clinical care available.”

Sep 28, 2011

An Austin-based basketball program for teens and tweens raised $22,036 for the new Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin. They raised the money at their first Tournament for Hope. Nearly 500 girls from across Texas competed at the event. Molly Sherman, a breast cancer survivor and longtime supporter of the Wildcats, presented the check to Seton representatives. Molly was joined by her two daughters, Wildcats players, as well as Kathy Erickson, high school girls program coordinator for the program and lead organizer of the tournament. The center is expected to open at SMCA in 2013.

Austin Wildcats raises $22,036

Sep 23, 2011

Seton Medical Center Austin received a $1 million donation from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for the development of a center dedicated to breast cancer detection, treatment and recovery at the hospital. The Dell family foundation’s support brings Seton Austin closer to realizing its goal to fund the state-of-the-art $6.5 million Seton Breast Cancer Center.

The donation was presented at a charitable shopping event hosted by Susan and Craig Lubin and Candace and Michael Partridge. The event was held at Ralph Lauren in The Domain. The Dells presented the gift in honor of their friends, the Lubins. Susan is a breast cancer survivor and a co-chair of the Seton Breast Cancer Center steering committee.

“It’s through the generosity of donors like the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the leadership of local advocates like the Lubins, that we can begin to develop a world-class breast cancer center that Central Texas deserves,” says Greg Hartman, president and chief executive officer of Seton Medical Center Austin.

The vision for the center is to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer care that ties together the best technology, doctors, personal attention and support—from mammography through treatment and recovery.

In addition to the gift from MSDF, 15 percent of sales at the Ralph Lauren event were donated to the project.

Aug 10, 2011

The temperature was the only thing shooting over 100 last weekend during the 8th Annual Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Kids Care-a-Van Golf Classic and Tailgate Party. Despite record-setting heat, the two-day event was a huge success, raising an estimated $200,000 for the mobile health unit operated by Seton Highland Lakes Hospital.

More than 680 people came out to Galloway Hammond Recreation Center in Burnet for the Friday night Tailgate Party, which was followed by Saturday’s golf tournament that featured 244 golfers from across the state.

"I am always amazed by the incredible generosity of our Highland Lakes community in support the Seton Kids Care-A-Van program," said Becky Fox, director of development at Seton Highland Lakes Hospital. "Even with the challenging economy, we had overwhelming sponsors, outstanding silent and live auction donations and bidders, and incredible attendance at the Tailgate Party and the golf tournament. We are so grateful to our volunteers for their hard work and dedication."

Coordinated by the Highland Lakes Associates of the Seton Development Board, this highly popular event has raised more than $1.4 million over the past eight years for the Children’s Healthcare Endowment at Seton Highland Lakes, which funds the Seton Care-a-Van health care program. The specially equipped mobile recreational vehicle features exam rooms and an immunization area, and provides health care services to more than 2,000 underserved and uninsured children in the Highland Lakes area. The unit’s health care team travels to schools in different communities each weekday throughout the year. Stops include Kingsland, Granite Shoals, Marble Falls, Bertram and Burnet.

This year’s Kids Care-A-Van Golf classic was held in memory of legendary Southwest Conference football coach Emory Bellard of Texas A&M, who co-founded the event with Spike Dykes of Texas Tech. Mr. Bellard passed away earlier this year. The Seton Development Board and Coach Dykes decided to keep the name of the event to honor Coach Bellard’s commitment to the Care-A-Van program and continue his legacy. Coach Dykes is pictured here with Coach Bellard's wife, Susan.

"It was an honor to be on Coach Bellard’s team dedicated to helping children in our community," Becky added. "Seton Highland Lakes will forever be grateful for his commitment and generosity. He was a great and humble man, and was deeply missed at the golf classic this year. His legacy will live on through the work of the Seton Kids Care-a-Van program."

Other legendary Texas coaches in attendance throughout the weekend included Darrell Royal and Jody Conradt of The University of Texas, and R.C. Slocum and Jackie Sherrill of Texas A&M. The coaches attended the Tailgate Party on Friday and teamed up with area golfers on Saturday. Pictured here are (from left) Coaches Royal, Dykes and Slocum.

"Providing world-class care for the children of the Highland Lakes communities honors the spirit of our founders, and is an important part of our ministry," stated Arie Dejong, administrator and COO of Seton Highland Lakes Hospital and Clinics, and vice president of the Seton Healthcare Family. "This weekend's fundraisers for the Kids Care-a-Van would not be possible without the dedicated work of our volunteers and team members. Special thanks go to the coaches, their families and all of the contributors who generously and graciously support access to health care for the kids of Highland Lakes."

Jul 26, 2011

The 34th Annual Seton Development Board Gala, “The Pink Ball”, will be held Sunday, October 23, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The following Sponsorship Opportunities are now available. Please contact for additional information.

Jun 30, 2011

Poets and death have long been intimates. But not many of them have confronted their mortality with the intimacy — or urgency — that Dean Young, the 55-year-old William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, has.

On Dec. 9, Young had emergency surgery when his heart stopped working, and he needed to have two mechanical devices placed in his chest to pump blood for both chambers, said Dr. Eric Hoenicke, the lead cardiothoracic surgeon who implanted Young's ventricular assist devices at Seton Medical Center Austin .

"The heart was barely moving," and Young's organs were shutting down, Hoenicke said. "I don't think he would have survived that night." Nor would Young have become strong enough to receive a heart transplant April 15 without the devices. The transplant has transformed his life and made him an outspoken proponent of organ donation.

"I've always appreciated life, I think, but now I am in the midst of a scientific miracle," said Young, whose father died of a stroke at age 49. "It is truly amazing. ... I have gotten more life. I have been given another life through this great gift."

Read Dean’s story here:

May 31, 2011

Austin American-Statesman sports columnist Kirk Bohls supports Seton neurosurgeon and baseball fan Dr. Alex Valadka’s battle to create more awareness of the dangers of head injuries and how to treat them more responsibly. Valadka, CEO of the Seton Brain & Spine Institute, has been a mild traumatic brain injury consultant with Major League Baseball for three years. Most recently, he chaired a committee of team physicians, the league’s medical director, umpires and other outside experts to establish new pro-baseball protocols on concussions.

May 31, 2011

Help provide excellent health care for kids in the Highland Lakes region! The Seton Kids Care-A-Van rolls 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year providing exams and immunizations. The annual Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Tailgate Party on Friday, August 5, and Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 6, will provide important funds for the Care-A-Van. For tickets, contact Becky Fox at, or click here to purchase online.

May 9, 2011

The classic picture of an acute heart attack is a middle-age male clutching the middle of his chest, reporting pain down the left arm, sweating and short of breath. That part is easy.

But a female patient complaining of stomach pain, a patient reporting severe jaw pain, a young patient reporting of shoulder pain, the chest pain victim of an auto accident caused by the pain of a heart attack – these symptoms are not as easy to associate with an acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack (AMI).

It takes a high level of awareness and split-second decision-making on the part of triage nurses to recognize and act on possible heart attacks. If suspected, they must immediately perform an EKG. If the test indicates an AMI, they must immediately call the doctors and an interventional cardiologist. The patient is then taken to the Cath Lab to assist with a definitive procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which restores circulation of blood to heart muscle.

Nurse leaders from the UMCB ED and Cardiac Cath Lab have worked together to create a failsafe process to recognize and reduce time to PCI.

Imagine all of this happening each time a patient needs it, with the right intervention being done the right way on time. In all of 2010, the UMCB ED staff appropriately intervened in less than 90 minutes, with performance ranking above the national standard 100 percent of the time.

May 9, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has made preventing hospital-acquired conditions that lead to readmissions a key element in the government’s health care cost containment strategy. The Secretary visited Seton on Friday, May 6 to congratulate Seton on our internationally recognized accomplishments in reducing the incidence of birth trauma, pressure ulcers and deaths following heart attack. A jointly authored Op-ed by the Secretary and Seton President and CEO Charles J. Barnett was featured in the Austin American-Statesman online edition on Sunday, May 7. Sebelius toured neonatal intensive care unit at Seton Medical Center Austin. She spoke with a mother of triplets who did a great deal of research before choosing SMCA as to deliver her babies.

Apr 28, 2011

A fundraiser benefiting the Beverly Jewell Sutton Psychiatry Education Endowment and Psychiatric Residency Program* at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital.

We are honored to invite you to participate in the fifth annual Beverly J. Sutton Golf Classic, benefiting the Beverly Jewell Sutton Psychiatry Education Endowment and Psychiatric Residency Program* at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital.

The tournament will be held on Sunday, May 22, at the Live Oak Golf Course at the Lakeway Golf Club (for more course information, see back panel). Tee time is 1:30 pm. The style of play is 4-person scramble.

Each player will receive:

  • 18 holes of golf with cart
  • Range balls
  • Box lunch
  • Golfer’s Goody Bag
  • Free soft drinks during the day
  • Dinner and Awards Reception

As you enjoy your round of golf you will have the chance to meet our resident physicians in the Austin Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Afterward, you can relax with a buffet dinner and awards reception. Come play and have fun and benefit two critical needs for our community!

*As designated for special needs by UT Southwestern Austin Psychiatry Programs The Seton Fund Board of Trustees

Sign up here to reserve your place!

Mar 24, 2011

Thanks to the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment and related funds, twenty $3,000 scholarships are available to Seton associates and volunteers who are pursuing or advancing their nursing education. Click here for more details about the program and how you can apply.


Mar 15, 2011

KGSR's Live Broadcast from the Four Seasons returns for SXSW! For a $5 donation to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center, you’ll enjoy a breakfast snack and 4-hours of exclusive, live interview and performances from featured SXSW artists from Wednesday through Saturday, March 16-19.

The Shivers Cancer Center provides a continuum of outpatient services for uninsured and under-insured adult cancer patients from throughout Central Texas. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, the Seton Cancer Care Team provides support services ranging from case management and chaplain services to integrative medicine programs, such as stress reduction and yoga.

Come to The Four Seasons early for this intimate SXSW experience! For more information about the event and to see the exciting line-up of talented musicians, click here. If you are unable to join us at the Four Seasons, but would like to support Shivers Cancer Center, you can make a tax-deductible donation (select Shivers Cancer Center to designate your gift) on our secure donation page.  Thanks to KGSR and the Four Seasons for their generous support!

Mar 12, 2011

Join us for the annual luncheon benefiting research at University Medical Center Brackenridge on April 6, at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. This year’s event will highlight exciting initiatives and new medical research projects at UMCB and honor Doug English, founder of The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, for his tireless work to advance a cure for spinal cord injury. Click here for more information.


Mar 2, 2011

Support Seton Southwest Hospital and the Sr. Jean Wesselman Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Endowment on May 1 when you attend the Goala!


Feb 2, 2011

Bank of America provides important support for the Outpatient Primary and Specialty Clinics at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Two recent grants totaling $100,000 will support general operations, helping increase efficiency to allow low-income patients to schedule more timely appointments with specialists.

“Bank of America is committed to sustaining healthy communities where we live and work. We are proud to support the efforts of Brackenridge Specialty Clinics for providing much-needed resources for those battling serious illness,” says Nikki Salzillo, market manager for Bank of America.

Jan 12, 2011

The Seton Family of Hospitals has recruited a top cardiologist to direct the new Seton Heart Institute (SHI), Dr. Mark J. Pirwitz, FACC. Dr. Pirwitz will lead efforts to increase the hospital network's cardiac research and growing medical education programs in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas, one of the top medical schools in the nation.

SHI is another example of the Seton Family of Hospital's commitment to provide continuity of care to Central Texans.

Dr. Pirwitz, who will serve as president and chief executive officer of the institute, began his practice in Austin as an interventional cardiologist in 1996 before joining Spokane Cardiology in Washington in 2005. He has extensive cardiac research experience that includes participating in more than 100 clinical studies published in major medical journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, Annals of Internal Medicine and Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Pirwitz's research focuses on various interventional cardiology devices such as cardiac stents and numerous pharmacologic studies involving patients with congestive heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, elevated cholesterol and heart rhythm and heart valve problems.

"The strong ties Seton Heart Institute will have with UT Southwestern in Dallas will lead to new innovations in high-quality cardiac care for Central Texans," Dr. Pirwitz said. "This new institute is the ideal environment for patients to experience person-centered care as well as leading edge medical innovations."

The new Seton Heart Institute delivers advanced cardiovascular care, including the use of innovative technologies such as the Impella device, a minimally invasive catheter pump that can support the heart with up to five liters of blood per minute. The device is used to help a patient's weakened heart during coronary stent procedures that otherwise would not be immediately possible due to the patient's condition.

SHI also provides a broad range of other cardiology services ranging from diagnostic tests such as echocardiography, stress testing and nuclear cardiac imaging. Other therapies will include the latest catheter treatments for peripheral artery disease including carotid stenting and less invasive treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Cardiologists Dr. Mary Beth Cishek, Dr. Michael Lenis, Dr. Paul Roach, Dr. Matthew Rogers, Dr. Matthew Stahlman and Dr. Michael Watkins are the first members of the Seton Heart Institute.

Dr. Gerardo Kalife, FACC, FSCAI, also joins the Seton Heart Institute as an interventional cardiologist. Previously, Dr. Kalife was a member of Hall-Garcia Cardiology Associates in Houston. He is a recipient of several awards from the Baylor College of Medicine that recognize his dedication to training and mentoring medical residents. His Seton Heart Institute office will be located in Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, Texas.

"The association of outstanding cardiologists with a health care network like Seton Family of Hospitals, Seton Heart Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center will help ensure doctors are delivering compassionate care consistent with the highest standards of clinical quality," said Dr. Kalife.

Seton continues to be a regional leader in advanced care for heart failure and is the only health care system in Central Texas with the expertise and technology to perform heart transplants and implant ventricular assist devices.

Jan 12, 2011

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 was signed into law Dec. 17, 2010. This allows you to make withdrawals - without penalties - and give to your favorite charities.

Here are the details:

If you own a traditional and/or Roth individual retirement accounts (IRA), you may direct that a total of $100,000 per taxable year be transferred directly to qualified charitable organizations through Dec. 31, 2011. You must be 70½ years of age or older. The amount transferred directly will not be included in the IRA owner’s gross income. No itemized charitable deduction can be claimed for the amount transferred.

The amount transferred may be used to satisfy the minimum distribution requirement for tax years 2010 and 2011.

The act also provides that the taxpayer can authorize a transfer in January 2011 and elect to have the transfer treated as made in 2010. This would be counted against the $100,000 transfer limitation for 2010 and treated as made in 2010 to satisfy the minimum distribution requirement for 2010.

If you make a gift from your IRA before the end of 2011, please alert the Seton Fund’s Planned Giving team so that your gift is processed as a transfer from an IRA. Contact Bryan Rubio at (512) 324-1990 or

Oct 25, 2010

The Seton Family of Hospitals has announced one of the largest charitable gifts in its history and unveiled new signage for its patient pavilion at Seton Medical Center Austin.

The five-story tower was officially christened the Ann Showers Butler Patient Pavilion in honor of the Austin philanthropist and long-time Seton supporter.

Before unveiling the new sign, Seton President and CEO Charles Barnett announced that Seton had received a $5 million gift from Butler in support of the patient pavilion. “As Central Texas has grown, so too Seton Medical Center Austin has grown. This unprecedented gift allows us to continue to grow, and continue to support our mission of delivering the best possible healthcare to everyone who comes through our doors,” said Barnett.

Butler has supported Seton’s healthcare ministry since the late 1970’s when she helped establish the Seton Development Board, a group of community volunteers dedicated to raising funds for Seton. She also served as sponsor chair of the board’s first-ever gala, now one of the largest and most successful annual fundraisers in the Austin area.

At the same time, Butler helped spearhead a successful campaign to create the first regional neo-natal care center at Seton Medical Center Austin. Her late husband, former Austin Mayor, Roy Butler, was the chairman of the capital campaign to build the original Seton Medical Center building on 38th street.

“My husband, Roy and I have always felt that you don’t just take, you give back. Austin has been very good to us. I had been wanting to make a sizable donation to Seton for some time and think the new patient pavilion will be a great success,” said Butler.
"Ann and her late husband Roy have long been supportive of Seton and the mission of the Daughters of Charity. This substantial gift is the latest expression of Ann's great heart and generosity,” said Allan Shivers, Jr., chair of the Seton Fund, the non-profit foundation that helped raise $12 million in private donations for the $40 million patient pavilion.
“Ann has always been a fearless supporter of Seton and its mission to serve the poor and vulnerable,” added Charley Scarborough, vice president of development and executive director of the Seton Fund. “She has always encouraged us to dream big dreams and think big.”

Since opening in late 2008, the 124,000 square-foot five-story patient pavilion has improved the patient experience for thousands of Central Texas families. The second floor of the Ann Showers Butler Patient Pavilion is now home to Seton Medical Center Austin’s new maternity wing. Once located on three different floors, maternity services have been consolidated to a single floor to improve patient care. The new family-centered maternity wing features larger, more comfortable rooms and four new state-of-the-art surgical suites. The new space also features a special family waiting area with modern amenities like wireless internet, flat screen televisions and games for children.

The patient pavilion project was established as a top priority for the Seton Family of Hospitals as a way to better meet the complex health care needs of the region’s growing population. The top two floors of the patient pavilion have been shelled for future clinical uses.

Oct 18, 2010

The 33rd Annual Seton Development Board Gala was a huge success. A great celebration of family and friends, the event benefited three vital projects: Seton Medical Center Austin Patient Pavilion, Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for the Poor.

Sep 28, 2010

Seton’s four foundations recently recognized 20 outstanding Seton associates with a Seton Nurse Scholarship. Recipients were selected from a competitive group of 125 applicants and received $2,500 to further their nursing education.

Aug 2, 2010

Through innovative events in its restaurant and lounge in the last year, Four Seasons Hotel Austin has raised $25,000 to support the Seton Shivers Cancer Center at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Jul 29, 2010

Ken Gladish has accepted the position of president and CEO of the Seton Foundations. Ken is a nationally recognized leader in charitable and philanthropic endeavors.

Jul 24, 2010

A beautiful new Tranquility Garden for University Medical Center Brackenridge is planned for a half-acre courtyard just outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It will be a spot of peace and restoration for patients, families and UMCB associates.

Jul 1, 2010

SMCA has been recommended for re-designation as an accredited Chest Pain Center. Across the country, only 25 percent of facilities the size of SMCA are accredited Chest Pain Centers.

Mar 30, 2010

On March 25, the Seton Fund welcomed more than 450 people to the Four Seasons Hotel to learn about academic medicine and research--“The Next Big Thing”--at University Medical Center Brackenridge. The event netted more than $220,000 for research and programs at UMCB.

Mar 28, 2010

Academic medicine--through a new partnership between the Seton Family of Hospitals and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas--will help spur translational research programs and grow the economy in Central Texas. Learn more at the luncheon celebrating University Medical Center Brackenridge, Thursday, March 25, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Become a sponsor or purchase tickets by contacting Chris Kazen Attal at (512) 324-7326 or

Mar 28, 2010

Support Highland Lakes kids by taking part in the Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Seton Care-a-Van Classic!

Jun 28, 2009

Patients at the Seton Community Health Centers are the beneficiary of a generous 75th anniversary grant from the Junior League of Austin. This grant has allowed Seton to purchase 69 pairs of special diabetic shoes for unfunded patients with diabetes. The specially prescribed shoes are designed to help prevent the development of debilitating foot injuries. This special gift has the potential to touch the lives of many in our community who suffer from this chronic disease.