Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman Retains Level IV Trauma Center Status
10/30/2008

KAUFMAN, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services recently re-designated Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman as a Level IV Trauma Center, the only trauma-designated facility in the area. The designation is reviewed every three years.

Mark Sanders, R.N., M.S.N.

Mark Sanders, R.N., M.S.N.

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 Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman 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 Mark Sanders, R.N., M.S.N., director of nursing and the emergency department at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. “In an emergency, such as a stroke or heart attack, minutes matter and Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman 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.”

Trauma designations are important not only for individuals in an emergency situation, but also as recruiting tool for businesses and as a sign of dedication to the community.

“Our trauma designation is one more way we provide quality health care services to Kaufman and the surrounding counties,” said PHK President Patsy Youngs. “We know businesses and individuals throughout Kaufman and the surrounding areas want a full-service hospital nearby to help recruit employees and our staff works tirelessly to provide compassionate care throughout our facility.”

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.

Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman operates a 12-bed emergency department that sees between 60 and 65 patients each day, Sanders said. The average time to get treated and out of the emergency department is about two hours.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman, soon to be Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services.

Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-800-4-Presby, or visit www.texashealth.org/phk.

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. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.