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Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Retains Level II Adult Trauma Center Designation
02/16/2009

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has been re-designated as a Level II adult trauma center, one of only three in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The hospital received official confirmation on Jan. 26 from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and state authorities.

“The Level II trauma re-designation is testament to the skill and expertise of our clinicians and physicians on the medical staff,” said Oscar L. Amparan, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. “We are proud to continue providing leading-edge trauma care to the Tarrant and surrounding counties.”

Tarrant County residents have looked to Texas Health Fort Worth as the leader in trauma care since 1986, when the hospital was first designated a Level II trauma center. More than 40,000 individuals have received premier trauma care since the first designation.

“Texas Health Fort Worth maintains a 24-hour in-house trauma service with on-call neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons,” said David Smith, M.D., medical director of the trauma program. "One of the unique features about our program is our dedicated trauma operating room, which is a key element to providing immediate care to our sickest patients.”

As a Level II trauma center, Texas Health Fort Worth is prepared to treat any type of trauma injury, including:

  • Blunt injury: A fall off a ladder, a motor vehicle accident injury, or a kick from a horse
  • Penetrating injury: Victims of gun shots, stab wounds or victims of assault
  • Minor burn victims

Of the trauma patients admitted to Texas Health Fort Worth in 2008, 93 percent sustained a blunt trauma injury, six percent sustained a penetrating wound and less than one percent was burn victims.

The ACS verifies hospitals as a Level I, II or III trauma center based on the level of trauma care that a hospital provides. Each designated facility is reviewed every three years, and the survey results are then submitted to the state for official designation.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Opened in 1930, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, Texas Health Fort Worth is licensed for 724 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more.

The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit www.texashealth.org.

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