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Published on Sep 8, 2009
The State of Texas today officially designated two Seton Family of Hospitals facilities -- University Medical Center Brackenridge and Dell Childrens Medical Center of Central Texas -- as Level I trauma centers.
UMCB has received verification for adult trauma; Dell Childrens for pediatric trauma. Until now, Austin has been the largest city in the nation without a Level I trauma center.
This is an historic event. Texas doesnt get a new Level I trauma facility very often and to get two in Austin is phenomenal, said Kathy Perkins, RN, MBA, assistant commissioner, Division of Regulatory Services, Texas Department of State Health Services, who presented the certificates to Seton leadership.
To move to the higher Level I designation, both UMCB and Dell Childrens have been increasing their trauma research and education activities as well as adding certain special procedures such as microvascular surgery and digit/limb reattachment. The two medical centers have been providing many of the Level I requirements for some time, such as 24/7 availability of specialist in neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery and critical care.
While the Seton Family of Hospitals provides state-designated trauma care at all of its acute care facilities, this is nonetheless a very significant achievement, stated Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, president and CEO, Seton Family of Hospitals. The official designation of UMCB and Dell Childrens as Level I trauma centers means that Central Texas residents are receiving this sort of high-end medical care on par with any large city in the nation. In addition, more research has the direct impact of improving patient care, expanding treatment options and attracting top-level talent from across the nation.