Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays now provides advanced trauma care


A higher level of care closer to home

Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays (SMCH) is in the process of advancing its trauma certification to Level II and now operates as an advanced trauma center, capable of Level II trauma care.

With the ability to provide comprehensive care for all injured patients, SMCH offers complete surgical care for the community including:

  • 24/7 in-house trauma surgeons
  • 24/7 availability of specialty trauma neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons
  • Specialized trauma team, including a multidisciplinary approach to care
  • Dedicated ICU and trauma beds
  • State of the art equipment and renovations
  • Unified partnership with Dell Ascension Seton at The University of Texas trauma services

Providing advanced care

When an accident happens, getting the right care at the right time is critical. SMCH’s 24/7 specialized trauma team and hospital operations, including an ER, OR, intensive care unit, acute care – trauma/orthopedics unit, radiology, lab and blood bank, and inpatient pharmacy, offer a full spectrum of medical and surgical care.

“SMCH has evolved from a community hospital to a regional medical center for complex trauma care,” said Dr. Oscar Rios, FACS, trauma medical director, Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays. “Our advanced trauma capabilities allow us to provide the highest level of emergency and trauma expertise that can mean the difference between life and death.”

For some specialty cases, Level I trauma care is available in Austin. Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas is home to our region’s only Level I Trauma Center for adults and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas remains the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Central Texas, providing the most advanced care for the most severely injured patients.

Advanced care close to home

The U.S. Census Bureau named Hays County as one of the fastest growing counties with populations of 10,000 or more in the country from 2016-2017. SMCH’s advanced trauma capabilities now provide all critically injured patients a higher level of care, close to home.

“Trauma patients from Smithville, to San Marcos and Blanco will no longer need to be transported into major cities like Austin and San Antonio,” said Rios. “Our trauma services will prevent EMS providers from entering high traffic areas, and ultimately get the patients to the care they need faster, and their trucks back into service where they belong.”

Journey to a Level II Trauma Center

SMCH’s journey toward designation as a Level II Trauma Center is part of a continued commitment to grow with the community’s needs, providing convenient access to quality care.

“We have long prepared for the advanced Level II capabilities at SMCH,” said Meza. “In addition to state-of-the-art equipment and renovations, SMCH welcomes new trauma surgeons and specialists who have joined our hospital team.”

In March 2017 was capable of level III trauma care and was designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an advanced Level III Trauma Center in January 2018. Additionally:

  • In January 2017, the world-class pediatric emergency care of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas expanded to SMCH.
  • In June, SMCH marked its accomplishment of 100 heart surgeries in one year, a milestone credited to the addition of heart surgeon Jeffrey McNeil, MD.
  • In July, SMCH surgeons began using the state-of-the art-technology of Firefly Fluorescence Imaging with  the da Vinci® Xi™ robotic arm system creating enhanced visualization and mobility, resulting in less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and minimal scarring.
  • In November 2017, SMCH opened a new 30-bed surgical unit, expanding the hospital from 112 beds to a 142-bed care site.
  • Other exciting developments on the horizon for 2018 include a new wound care clinic, wellness center and a $14M maternity and women’s services expansion.