UMC is re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad-hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
VRC comes every 3 years, with 4-5 surveyors from other trauma centers in the nation. There is a rigorous review process, in which surveyors review the facilities, our patient care and other processes. The surveyors were extremely complimentary of our hospital and our care; they even went as far as to say the region is lucky to have UMC!
“The Level I Trauma Center designation confirms UMC’s dedication to the region to provide the most sophisticated and comprehensive trauma care,” said Amber Tucker, Director of Trauma and Burn Service department. “Reverifying as a Level I Trauma Center signifies UMC’s ability to deliver the highest quality of care to all trauma patients. We are extremely grateful Lubbock and the surrounding communities continue to trust UMC.”
We have continually been re-verified, since originally becoming a Level 1 Trauma Center in 1993, due to your commitment to excellence. Even with a patient volume increase of about 600 patients, since our last site visit, you are keeping a high standard in care.
UMC also continues to be a Level 1 Trauma center due to our multidisciplinary approach to trauma care. Outside of our four walls, UMC Trauma and Burn Service department provides injury prevention education and outreach events. Other pieces of our multi-disciplinary approach are our pediatric and geriatric-specific trauma units, as well as our newest clinic opening soon, The Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic.