Level I Trauma Center

Central Texas’ Only Adult Level I Trauma Center

Simulation with a mock patient.

Simulation with a mock patient.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT) has named University Medical Center Brackenridge Central Texas’ only Adult Level I Trauma Center – the highest level of emergency medicine in the nation.

This achievement recognizes UMC Brackenridge’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured and ailing patients throughout Central Texas. UMC Brackenridge serves adult trauma patients in 11 counties.

What Is the Level I Difference?

The COT’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers that provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address all injured patient needs. This encompasses the pre-hospital phase through rehabilitation. Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in its Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

There are five separate verification categories in the COT program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a hospital seeking that level of verification. Each hospital undergoes an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers.

After completing the verification process, UMC Brackenridge has been re-verified through 2018 as a Level I Trauma Center.

Central Texas’ Only Adult Level I Trauma Center

The Level I Trauma Center at UMC Brackenridge is the only one serving the Central Texas area, and the fourth-busiest emergency department in the state. Download our PDF for even more details about the trauma center at UMCB.

Our Commitment to the Community

For more than 100 years, the people of Central Texas have turned to UMC Brackenridge and the Seton Family of Hospitals in an emergency, knowing they would receive the very best care. UMC Brackenridge has long been a leader in trauma care, introducing the latest advances in emergency services throughout its history, including the area’s first ambulance, the first intensive care unit and was the first hospital in Texas to receive stroke certification for its Brain & Spine Center. Whether you are facing a medical emergency or a chronic illness, UMC Brackenridge is your first choice for complex care.

Leadership in Education and Research

UMC Brackenridge patients benefit from the cutting-edge academic research and the evidence-driven medical training conducted here. UMC Brackenridge is home to the Clinical Education Center, a multi-disciplinary medical education facility where students train in simulated settings with the high-fidelity interactive mannequins.

A Day in the Life of a Trauma Nurse

Felix McCoy, an RN at UMC Brackenridge’s Level I Trauma Center, says no other job could be more rewarding than saving lives. See what it’s like to walk a mile in his shoes for one day.

Comprehensive Resources for Critical Care

Qualifying for Level I trauma center designation has required a major financial investment, along with countless hours of work from our dedicated professionals – all in an effort to bring even more resources to the region’s largest emergency department. UMC Brackenridge expanded the emergency department facilities and invested nearly $5 million in a new intensive care unit to accommodate even more patients and to provide critical care services as quickly as possible.

Our Trauma Care Difference

texasSince 2009, UMCB has provided Level I trauma services to 11 counties with a population of 2.1 million. 1

ambulanceOf more than 70,000 emergency patients received at UMCB in 2015, over 3,100 were admitted for trauma.

top1Seton’s UMCB is in the top 1% of all Level I trauma centers in the U.S. for best patient outcomes. 2

Unique Trauma Care Benefits

  • Round-the-Clock Trauma Care – 24/7 in-house coverage by trauma surgeons, emergency room doctors, anesthesiologists and immediate availability of subspecialists.
  • Center of Excellence for Microsurgery – UMCB is the ONLY trauma center in the region to provide microsurgery and limb reattachment.
  • Innovative Research and Training – UMCB’s trauma program conducts research to improve patient care, and provides evidence-based medical training for better patient outcomes. UMCB provides community leadership in injury prevention strategies and education. Seton spends almost $3 million a year to employ new doctors (residents) who learn from UMCB’s trauma experts.

carlos-brown“I continuously stay up-to-date with the literature so I can better educate medical students, surgical residents and faculty about trauma advances and innovations.”

Dr. Carlos Brown, UMCB Chief of Trauma

What Does This Mean for You?

Life-threatening illnesses or injuries can happen to anyone at any time, so it’s important to know where to go for the best emergency care and outcomes.

[1] Texas State Data Center. Migration Scenario 3. 2008.

[2] American College of Surgeons. ACS TQIP Benchmark Report. Fall 2015.