"Seton Medical Center Hays, located on Kyle Parkway in Kyle, announced Monday that it is now a Level II trauma center.
'SMCH has evolved from a community hospital to a regional medical center for complex trauma care.' Dr. Oscar Rios, the trauma medical director, said in a written statement. 'Our Level II trauma capabilities allow us to provide the highest level of emergency and trauma expertise that can mean the difference between life and death.'
To earn the Level II designation, the hospital took a number of initiatives, including establishing a team of in-house trauma surgeons as well as specialty trauma surgeons who are available at all times, a dedicated trauma team, and intensive care unit with trauma beds and a partnership with Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, which is the only Level 1 trauma center in Central Texas.
Seton Medical Center Hays has expanded its care rapidly over the last several years. In June 2017, SMCH became a Level III trauma center, which meant it could treat patients with life-threatening conditions, and in December the facility completed a 30-bed surgical unit on the fifth and final floor of the facility.
More recently, SMCH officials said they would be adding a $14.1 million expansion of its women's health services as well as hiring a third neurosurgeon.
Ascension Texas, which operates SMCH, also recently broke ground on a new medical center in Buda."
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