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. See more about our trauma care difference.

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.

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.