Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Gives $25 Million for Children's Hospital

Austin-based Seton Healthcare Network and officials of the Children's Hospital of Austin have announced a matching gift of $25 million from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for a new children's hospital, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The foundation, also in Austin, will cover an eighth of the cost of the new facility, which will be called the Dell Children's Center of Central Texas. For every $2 Seton raises, the foundation will donate $1. It is the largest single grant the foundation has made since it was established in 1999. "Michael and I started our foundation to make a difference in the lives of underserved children," said Susan Dell, who has been on the children's hospital board since 1997. "Our hope is that this matching grant will make the highest quality of health care accessible to all of the children in our area."

The grant will enable the medical center to include extras in the new hospital that officials had expected to put on a wish list, including two CT scanners — one for the imaging center and one for the emergency department — instead of one. "This will make wait times less if we can do those tests right in the emergency department," said hospital president and CEO Bob Bonar. "That way, we're not going back and forth and back and forth. People will know they're not going to be in there for six hours."

The grant also will enable the hospital to expand bone marrow transplant services, invest in the latest technology, and increase the number of beds from 137 to 169, with space to expand. The facility is scheduled to open in 2007.

Mary Ann Roser. "New Children's Hospital Lands $25 Million Gift." Austin American-Statesman 09/21/2004.