Three Things to Know About Your Level I Trauma Center

We're a lucky lot in Austin should bad luck come our way. UMC Brackenridge is the region's only adult Level I Trauma Center, meaning it provides the highest level of emergency medicine in the nation. In May 2017, this trauma center will make its new home at Dell Seton Medical Center at UT. Here are three things you may not know about this life-saving community asset.


1) It's in the top 1%. Of all the trauma centers in the U.S., the UMC Brackenridge (soon to be Dell Seton Medical Center at UT) Trauma Mockadult Level I Trauma Center ranks in the top 1% for best patient outcomes. That translates directly into more lives saved. We don’t want to think about it happening to us – car wrecks, natural disasters, acts of violence – but you can count on an expert team standing ready to care for you and your family.

Recently, trauma care experts from across the country gathered in Austin to hear presentations from several of Seton's trauma specialists at the eighth annual Austin Trauma & Critical Care Conference. Advances in care are happening right here, right now.


2) They love to role play. Well, it's not role playing in the gaming sense, or even a TV drama series. But they do practice and prepare for many scenarios, including mass casualties and other catastrophic events. The UMC Brackenridge trauma and emergency care teams recently held a two-day simulation to prepare for the move to the new hospital next spring. They practiced what it will be like to transport patients from a rooftop helipad to surgery, like at the new hospital, versus a helipad right outside the ER doors, as it is now at UMC Brackenridge.

“Patient conditions can deteriorate in route from the helipad to the ER, so it's important to know how long it takes, so we can perform those life-saving interventions,” explained emergency physician James Kempema, MD, who is also medical director for STAR Flight.



3) There’s a dog. Jack the therapy dog offers a little TLC to the trauma care team. “We do have a lot of bad days and see things on a daily basis that most people don’t,” said Kate Poling, a nurse on the team. Petting Jack has a calming effect and brings comfort to the staff – and sometimes to patients as well.

One of those patients is 25-year-old Megan D’Andrea, who was in a car accident last year and came within moments of losing her life. Recovery was tough, and she wasn’t responding verbally to her doctors. Then she met Jack. Each day she would pet him and he would snuggle her, and each day Megan gained a little more strength. “If he can do what he did for me, for the staff, then I know they’ll feel amazing when they see him,” she said. See Jack in action.

Support the New Home for Adult Level I Trauma Care

Donations to build and equip Dell Seton Medical Center at UT are already at work improving care in our community. Imagine the great things to come once it opens Spring 2017! It’s not too late to support Dell Seton Medical Center at UT – the new home for adult Level I trauma care. Make a gift today.

Your gift will be doubled!

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is helping to elevate Central Texans’ health with a $25 million challenge grant to help build the new Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

This generous grant will double every donation, whether it’s $10 or $10,000, up to $25 million. Many thanks to the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and you for supporting Seton and the future of care in our community!

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Seton’s new teaching hospital will become Central Texas’ gateway to the future of care.

With Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Austin will have more specialists for a growing population; sustain high quality care

for all, with a special concern for the vulnerable; discover new treatments, and enjoy economic growth.

This is a game-changer for our city. What transpires will be as future-focused as Austin.


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