Level IV Trauma Center Designation Given to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne|
CLEBURNE, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services recently re-designated Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne as a Level IV Trauma Center. Texas Health Cleburne is the only trauma-designated facility in Johnson 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.
The elderly are also especially susceptible to traumatic injuries such as falls. One in three adults age 65 and older fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that the direct and indirect costs of fall injuries will reach $54 billion by 2020. Ground-level falls are a major source of trauma injuries seen at Texas Health Cleburne.
Being a Level IV Trauma Designated facility enables Texas Health Cleburne 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 Marvin Cloud, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., trauma coordinator at Texas Health Cleburne. “In an emergency, such as an injury, stroke or heart attack, minutes matter and Texas Health Cleburne is a close and convenient choice. One of the benefits of being part of a larger health care system such as Texas Health Resources is that we can see any emergency patient and, when necessary, draw on the resources of other hospitals in our system.”
“Trauma re-designation is a significant indicator of the quality of the care our hospital provides to Cleburne and the surrounding counties,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, president of Texas Health Cleburne. “Our staff consistently receives strong results on these surveys, and that’s great news for patients who need compassionate and competent care when they have suffered trauma.”
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.
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