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Level III Trauma Designation sought by Texas Health HEB

BEDFORD, Texas — Imagine being in a serious motor vehicle accident and traveling 30 minutes or more in an ambulance to Fort Worth or Dallas for care. The fear would be overwhelming. Now imagine traveling just minutes down the road to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. In emergency trauma situation, time matters. With that in mind, Texas Health HEB’s Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution to seek Level III Trauma Facility designation, a move that could make all the difference to patients and families and the first such effort in Northeast Tarrant County.

James Poettcker, M.D.
 Deborah Paganelli
The proximity of a hospital seeking Level III Trauma designation allows local ambulances to resume responding to emergency calls more quickly, a time saving benefit to the community. Texas Health HEB has already implemented crucial trauma-related components to treat falls, motor vehicle accidents and assaults, including:

  • Trauma and orthopedic surgeons on call 24/7
  • Specially-trained emergency medicine physicians on the medical staff
  • A trauma coordinator

In addition, the hospital named James Poettcker, M.D., general surgeon on the medical staff, as trauma medical director.

“All the pieces we put in place to seek this honor are benefiting patients today,” said Poettcker. “The attention on trauma patients and the network of health care services offered by Texas Health HEB is helping us serve our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

“Seeking designation as a Level III Trauma Facility is another step we’ve taken to advance the care provided in Northeast Tarrant County,” said Deborah Paganelli, FACHE, hospital president. “Improving the health of our patients close to home is the heart of this endeavor.”

Texas Health HEB already has achieved designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a Cycle III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Hospitals must meet certain criteria as established by the Texas Department of State Health Services to receive trauma designation which can range from Level I for the most urgent care to level IV.

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About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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