Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Names Trauma Program Coordinator|
BEDFORD, Texas — Bonnie Skodak, R.N., B.S.N., is no stranger to emergency situations.
As a former emergency room charge nurse with 21 years of experience at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Skodak has been tapped as the trauma program coordinator for the hospital.
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 the trauma program coordinator role, Skodak will facilitate data collection, performance improvement processes, and community education efforts. Skodak is also active in her community as a faith community nurse and has for years maintained the trauma registry at Texas Health HEB.
“This new role formalizes all the efforts the nurses and physicians on the medical staff make to care for our patients,” said Skodak. “We are also increasing our focus on studying cases to improve our protocols and will become more active in helping to educate the community. These efforts all culminate in high quality care that ultimately benefits the community.”
Texas Health HEB has already implemented crucial trauma-related components to treat falls, motor vehicle accidents and assaults, including having trauma and orthopedic surgeons on call 24/7 and specially-trained emergency medicine physicians on the medical staff. The hospital also named James Poettcker, M.D., general surgeon on the medical staff, as trauma medical director.
“Bonnie has been instrumental in developing our application for Level III Trauma Facility designation and in helping to expand programs and initiatives we have in place to treat emergency patients,” said Deborah Paganelli, FACHE, hospital president. “While her work will be mainly behind the scenes she provides an important role for our patients, employees and physicians on the medical staff.”
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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