Trauma & Emergency Surgery - Division Overview
The Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery was established in 1993 to centralize and improve care of trauma victims in Bexar County and the surrounding 22-county region in South Texas. The division is composed of four full-time faculty physicians, four Physician Assistants and four Nurse Practitioners. Of the approximately 15,000 trauma activations, over 3000 trauma victims are admitted yearly to University Hospital. In addition to providing trauma care, the division also provides 24-hour emergency surgical services and critical care services to patients at University Hospital, both in the surgical trauma ICU and in the transplant ICU. Our offices are located within University Hospital on the 8th floor.
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University Hospital, a 604 bed acute care hospital, is the primary teaching facility for UTHSC, a regional Level 1 trauma center and a leader in organ transplantation. The University Health System employs more than 4,000 people and maintains an operating budget of over $615 million annually. The Trauma Center manages 4,000 Level 1 trauma activations a year; the Emergency Center averages 70,000 emergency patients each year. All trauma surgeons staffing the UH Trauma Center are active members of the UTHSC faculty and closely supervise the team of trauma residents, fellows, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. University Health System is the public hospital district for Bexar County, Texas.
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TRISAT: The Trauma Institute of San Antonio — Joining forces to enhance preparedness: The Trauma Institute of San Antonio, Texas, is the first Congressionally funded, joint military-civilian trauma institute in the United States. TRISAT coordinates academic, community and military resources to most effectively serve trauma victims and their families. The Institute is ensuring the preparedness of the community and country when trauma strikes, both in peacetime and wartime.