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Texas Health Stephenville Retains Level IV Trauma Center Status
06/22/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services recently re-designated Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville as a Level IV Trauma Center. Texas Health Stephenville is the only trauma-designated facility in Erath County. The designation is reviewed every three years.

Trauma is the leading cause of death for people up to age 44 and represents an estimated $5.6 billion in lost lifetime income potential, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Being a Level IV Trauma Designated facility enables Texas Health Stephenville to treat seriously injured patients, stabilize them and then transport the patient to a trauma center that handles higher acuity cases if needed.

“We strive to be the first place anyone in the surrounding area considers for care,” said Donna Steen, R.N., chief nurse executive at Texas Health Stephenville. “In an emergency, such as an injury, stroke or heart attack, minutes matter and Texas Health Stephenville is a close and convenient choice. One of the benefits of being part of a larger health care system is that we can see any emergency patient and, when necessary, draw on the resources of other hospitals in our system.”

“Our trauma designation is one more way we provide quality health care services to Stephenville and the surrounding counties,” said hospital president Christopher Leu. “While we provide education throughout the community to help lower the incidence of injuries, we realize that accidents happen and are proud to be able to provide care for seriously injured patients when necessary.”

To earn the designation, the hospital must have the necessary equipment and resources for trauma cases. Hospital staff must constantly review trauma cases, which enables staff to provide care based on the best practices of trauma centers across the country.

Also, the hospital must staff radiology, surgery and other departments to immediately treat trauma patients. Doctors and nurses must pass advanced trauma classes to provide patients with the latest procedures. The designation effort was a result of the 1989 Omnibus Rural Health Care Rescue Act, passed by the Texas Legislature.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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