The trauma center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston (UTMB Health) is one of the largest and most technologically
sophisticated emergency care facilities in the world.
Designated a Level I trauma center, it serves as the lead
trauma facility for a nine-county region of southeast Texas. It is the
only Level I trauma center in the region that is also a Level I Burn
In the United States, trauma centers are ranked according to
standards established by the American College of Surgeons, from Level I
(comprehensive service) to Level III (limited care). The different
levels refer to the kinds of resources available in a trauma center and
the number of patients admitted annually.
UTMB's trauma center offers the full range of every medical and
surgical specialty 24/7,
365 days a year. It can respond to diverse medical needs, such as
mass casualties, multiple traumas, closed-head injury, severe burns,
petroleum industry accidents, hazardous material exposure, heart attacks
and a variety of minor complaints that are treated simultaneously.