Brackenridge History

About the Brackenridge Campus

The Central Health Brackenridge Campus is a 14.2-acre property that comprises the bulk of five city blocks at the northeast corner of downtown Austin. It has been home to Brackenridge Hospital for decades, and the location was designated as the “hospital” site in the original Waller Creek Plan for the City of Austin.

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Central Health assumed ownership of the Brackenridge property from the City of Austin when the district was created in 2004. Seton Healthcare Family currently leases the property from Central Health and operates University Medical Center Brackenridge. Seton will also operate the new teaching hospital, to be called Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin, alongside the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin (across 15th Street).

Particular health care needs of the community, such as behavioral health, cancer care, and outpatient specialty care, are priorities identified in Central Health’s strategic plan. The Brackenridge Campus will also be an important asset in fulfilling several of the key goals in Senator Kirk Watson’s “10 in 10” initiative.

i35_downtown_hospital_12th_streetlookingnorth_5_1960In addition, the Central Health Brackenridge Campus provides an opportunity for other kinds of new development, such as office, residential, retail, hotel, or entertainment, that can support the growth and evolution of the UT Medical District and a future Downtown Austin Innovation Zone.

Central Health and its team are exploring various scenarios for the Brackenridge Campus property that could be pursued over time. While Central Health is collaborating with other partners as it considers all opportunities, the Board of Managers is committed to making decisions regarding the Brackenridge Campus that are in the best interests of its own stakeholders and the public it serves as it fulfills its particular mission.