If you're in a major car accident you continue to have choices in what trauma center to be taken to.
The College Station Medical Center has been re-designated as a Level 3 trauma center by the State of Texas. There are four levels to trauma ratings in the United States, ranked from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest level.
A level 3 trauma center means there are resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care of most trauma patients. A level 3 center has transfer agreements with level 1 or level 2 trauma centers that provide back-up resources for the care of most severe injuries.
"Patients can expect a higher level of care when they come to the medical center instead of a regular E.R.," explains Rick Moore, Director of Trauma Services.
Moore explains that the medical center had to go through a rigorous process to be re-designated. This is the hospital's second designation period and they are going on 4 years of trauma service.
The only other level 3 trauma center in the Brazos Valley is St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bryan. The state of Texas has 240 rated trauma centers, according to the Texas department of State Health Services.
The Trauma level system was created in the 1960s and 1970s to better treat patients suffering from tramatic injuries like vehicle accidents and falls.