Dell Children’s Top Trauma Center


600x400_Dell-Childrens-Trauma-PicAfter being measured against rigorous national criteria, The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has re-verified Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, the highest ranking attainable. This achievement reaffirms Dell Children’s is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation, from research to virtual care. Dell Children’s is the only ACS Verified Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Central Texas and one of five in Texas.

“Our Pediatric Level I Trauma Center is a vital community asset,” Dr. Mark Shen, Dell Children’s president, said. “When a family member or loved one is injured, having the highest-level of care available can mean the difference between life and death.”

Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. These include commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement.

Verification is a voluntary process by a trauma center and extends for a 3-year period. It includes an objective, external review of a trauma center’s resources and performance and an on-site review of the hospital.

“This is a tremendous testament of our staff’s commitment to provide excellence in Trauma Care and deliver around-the-clock personalized care for Central Texas’ most critically injured children,” said Dr. Nilda Garcia, Dell Children’s director of Trauma Services.

Key elements of a Level I Trauma Center include:
• Multi-disciplinary team and specialists
• Around-the-clock readiness
• Coordinated care
• Injury prevention
• Research
• Virtual care network

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

More information including a list of ACS Verified Trauma Centers is available online at