Emergency? Ask For Level I Trauma Care


Life-threatening illnesses or injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Do you know where to go for the best trauma care?

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University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) is the only adult Level I Trauma Center in the Central Texas area — that’s the highest level of emergency medicine in the nation.

Not only do Seton’s UMCB patients get top-level care, they get it from the team with first-class results in the nation. According to a 2015 report from the American College of Surgeons, UMC Brackenridge is in the top 1 percent of all Level I Trauma Centers in the U.S. for patient outcomes.

“We’re continuously developing new techniques, researching new science, staying up to date on the latest in trauma, and placing a priority on educating our physicians,” said Carlos Brown, MD, UMCB chief of trauma.

Trauma survivors say Level I is the way to go

Daniel Curtis knows firsthand about needing the highest level of trauma care. He’s a diving accident survivor who credits his remarkable recovery to UMC Brackenridge.

“If you don’t get to a Level I Trauma Center and you don’t get that attention that you need so immediately with regards to spinal cord injury, your chances of regaining the function that I was able to regain is greatly limited,” said Curtis.

“There’s this very small window with spinal cord injuries. It’s all about minimizing the inflammation, doing a surgery, getting all that done very quickly,” said Curtis.

Patients benefit from unique trauma care through:

  • Round-the-clock trauma care
  • A Center of Excellence for microsurgery
  • Innovative research and training

“The volume of patients we see here, and the fact that we’re doing trauma all the time, sets us apart from the rest,” said Brown. Since 2009, UMC Brackenridge has provided adult trauma patients in 11 Texas counties with a population of 2.1 million people.

The best physicians are teachers, too. UMCB is a center for cutting-edge academic research and evidence-driven medical training.

Medical students, surgical residents (new surgeons) and faculty learn from physicians who are constantly educating themselves on trauma advances and innovations. Ascension Seton spends almost $3 million annually to employ residents who are trained by UMCB’s trauma experts.

Over a century of emergency care in Texas

Brackenridge has been a leader in caring for Central Texans for more than 100 years. Since its founding, UMCB’s doctors have introduced the latest advances in emergency services — including the area’s first ambulance, the first intensive care unit, and the first Texas hospital to receive Primary Stroke Center certification at Ascension Seton’s Brain and Spine Institute.

UMCB trauma’s pediatric counterpart, Dell Children’s Medical Center, is the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Central Texas.