It’s the end of the ‘Brack’ era


A lot of babies were born and patients treated during Brackenridge Hospital’s 133-year run, which comes to an end Sunday, May 21. That’s the day all patients will be moved by ambulance from what many Austinites call “Brack” — the current, blocky structure was built in phases between 1969 and 1984 — across East 15th Street to the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

Jane Dryden Louis has lots of memories of the Brackenridge Hospital emergency room — her father, Dr. Bud Dryden, was the one of the public hospital’s most loyal physicians.

“We never went anywhere without stopping at the emergency room at some point,” Louis, 65, says. “I grew up on a stool next to the pneumatic tube section in the nurse’s station.”

Read Michael Barnes’ deep dive into the history of Brackenridge Hospital and its predecessors in our premium story on MyStatesman.com.



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