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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.
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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