Seton Hays now Level III trauma center

Traumatic injuries stemming from car crashes, falls or other serious events can now be handled at Seton Medical Center Hays.

On Jan. 31, Ascension announced Seton Hays in Kyle received a designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Advanced Level III adult trauma facility. Seton Hays began operating as an adult Level III trauma center in March 2017.

According to, a Level III trauma center is able to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery and intensive care of injured patients.

“Seton is committed to improving this community’s health and well-being,” said Neal Kelley, RN, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SMCH. “This designation shows our commitment to providing life-saving care patients can trust.”

The new designation continues an upward trend for the facility, which has continued to improve its services for a rapidly growing area.

In November 2017, Seton Hays opened a new 30-bed surgical unit that expanded the hospital to 142 total beds.

In June 2017, Seton Hays marked an accomplishment of 100 heart surgeries in one year.

Officials plan to include a new wound care clinic, wellness center and a $14 million maternity and women’s services expansion in 2018.

“Trauma is a leading cause of death in people ages one to 44,” said Fausto Meza, MD, MPA, Vice President Medical Affairs at SMCH. “Access to high-quality trauma care in our area can mean the difference between life and death.”

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