Online Open House




Thank you for visiting the online Open House for the Central Health Brackenridge Campus redevelopment project. We set up this site to give you a sneak peek at the future of this property and how it will contribute to transforming health care in the community.

Here you will find six stations that will give you a sample of concepts that could come to life in the heart of downtown on our 14.3 acre campus. Some of the stations are divided into two main parts- “What we’ve heard” and “what we’re proposing”-to demonstrate how each campus concept incorporated community feedback.

We hope you enjoy clicking through the information, and we welcome your feedback at every station!

Before you begin the open house, we suggest a one-minute rundown of the background of the campus:

What is the Central Health Brackenridge campus?

Central Health became entrusted with this valuable property in 2004 when Travis County taxpayers voted to create a healthcare district to provide access to health care for those who are least able to afford it. The campus has been designated to support community health needs since 1839 when Austin’s first mayor, Edwin Waller, set aside a block of land for use as a public hospital. Today, Central Health leases the property to Seton Healthcare Family to operate Brackenridge Hospital and a Level 1 trauma center.

The campus includes the current site of the University Medical Center Brackenridge and is bordered by Red River Street on the west, 15th Street to the north, I-35 on the east, and just north of 12th Street to the south.

What’s going to change? 

Exciting changes are happening all around the campus, which will create great opportunity for Central Health to transform the space into a vibrant community asset that will create revenue to support health care in the community.

North of the campus, The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin will open its doors to its first class of medical students in 2016. In 2017, Seton Healthcare Family will vacate UMC Brackenridge and move across 15th Street to a new, state-of-the-art facility at the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin and teaching hospital.

What does that mean for the campus? 

When Seton Healthcare Family opens its new public hospital in 2017, Central Health plans to revitalize and redevelop the Brackenridge Campus. This should allow Central Health to find new revenue streams to replace the loss of the Seton lease. The effort aims to find the best possible uses for the land that will return value back to the taxpayers of Travis County. It is a tremendous opportunity to breathe life into a property that has been historically hard to navigate and not well connected to the surrounding community.

Guiding Principles

MISSION: Advance Central Health’s efforts to provide access to health care to those who need it most, and promote Travis County as a model healthy community.



Consider programs and uses for existing and new buildings that advance Central Health’s Strategic Plan and that make the best use of its downtown location.


Sustain Central Health’s commitment to enhance outpatient specialty care, cancer care, behavioral health services, and women’s health services throughout Travis County in the most appropriate locations.


Promote physical activity and improve health with comfortable and safe access to, within, and through the site for people of all abilities – whether walking, biking, using transit or driving.

STEWARDSHIP: Promote uses and programs that support the short and long-term fiscal stability of Central Health and deliver returns for the residents and taxpayers of Travis County.



Optimize cash flow to Central Health, make wise and effective use of taxpayer dollars, and attract new revenue to support Central Health’s mission.


Leverage Central Health’s property assets to support ongoing efforts to address community health needs, close gaps in service delivery, and achieve the District’s priorities.


Promote efficient use of resources, energy and water; reduce auto dependency; and improve the natural and built environment at and around Central Health’s downtown site.

PARTNERSHIP: Strengthen and expand relationships with health and wellness providers, collaborate with other public sector entities, and help advance the goals of the larger community.



Ensure that the low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and communities whom Central Health serves continue to receive access to quality health care.


Confer with East Austin residents and support Downtown initiatives, including the University of Texas Medical District, the IH 35 Corridor Improvement Project, the Waller Creek and Waterloo Park projects, the proposed Innovation Zone, the State Capitol Complex, and others.


Work with the Seton Healthcare Family, Dell Medical School, health care entities, wellness advocates, business partners, and civic and public entities, including Travis County and the City of Austin.

Part 1: Envisioning the Future

The Open House content will show you future possibilities for the Brackenridge Campus, but this video helps explain why the development that happens on the campus will help to transform healthcare throughout Travis County.

Part 2: Thank You


Thank you to our hundreds of stakeholders and community partners, including:

  • Austin Interfaith
  • Austin Monitor Views and Brews
  • Austin Neighborhoods Council East
  • Austin Travis County Integral Care Board of Trustees
  • Blackshear/Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Brackenridge Advisory Team
  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Central Health Eligibility Services
  • Central Health Enterprise Town Hall Meeting
  • Central Health Southeast Health and Wellness Center staff and patients
  • Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association
  • City of Austin
  • City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission
  • City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Resource Advisory Commission
  • Community Action Network (CAN)
  • CommUnityCare Blackstock Health Center staff and patients
  • CommUnityCare East Health Center staff and patients
  • CommUnityCare North Central Health Center staff and patients
  • CommUnityCare staff and patients
  • Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA)
  • East César Chávez Neighborhood Planning Team
  • EcoDistricts
  • El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission and the team of Promotores
  • Friends of Chestnut Neighborhood Plan Contact Team
  • Front Steps at the ARCH
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Hispanic Advocate Business Leaders of Austin (HABLA)
  • Holly Neighborhood Coalition
  • Kealing Neighborhood Association
  • La Raza Roundtable
  • Livestrong Foundation
  • McKinley Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Mueller Neighborhood Association
  • One Voice Central Texas
  • Optimist’s Club
  • Organization of Central East Austin Neighborhoods (OCEAN)
  • Pastor E. C. Craig and the Great Commission Baptist Church
  • Seton Healthcare Family
  • Southeast Combined Neighborhood Plan Contact Team
  • State of Texas
  • Swede Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Tejano Democrats
  • Tertulia
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • Texas Transportation Planning Board
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Travis County
  • Travis County Medical Society Retired Physicians Organization
  • United East Austin Coalition
  • Waller Creek Conservancy

… and the more than 2,700 community members who participated in this process!


Part 3: Be Community Oriented




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Environmentally Sustainable




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Health and Wellness




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Healthy Marketplace Concepts

Below are eight marketplace concepts from around the world. Please take a few minutes to look over the features offered by each, then select your favorite from the list at the bottom of the page.












We’d like to hear your thoughts

We’d love to hear any additional thoughts or ideas you might have regarding the Brackenridge Campus. If you’d like a team member to respond just include that request in your message and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in this vital community project!