Texas Health Plano Receives Advanced Level III Trauma Facility Designation
02/18/2010

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been designated an Advanced Level III Trauma Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This designation assures patients that the hospital has a dedicated multi-disciplinary trauma team — including board-certified, fellowship-trained trauma surgeons and orthopedic trauma surgeons — offering highly specialized care. It also means the hospital is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering such life-threatening injuries as falls, motor vehicle accidents and assaults.

“Achieving the Level III Trauma designation is a testament to the skill and expertise of our team of clinicians, nurses and physicians on our medical staff,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “We are proud of the time, energy and commitment it has taken to attain this position and offer this level of trauma care to the North Texas community we serve.”

Texas Health Plano is the second hospital in Collin County to receive this distinction, which requires a survey visit by a team from the Texas EMS Trauma and Acute Care Foundation. Hospitals must meet certain criteria as established by the American College of Surgeons to receive trauma level designation, which can range from Level I for the most urgent care to Level IV.

Level III facilities, such as Texas Health Plano, must have resources available for emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care of the vast majority of trauma patients, with transfer agreements with Level I or Level II centers for the care of exceptionally severe injuries such as major burns, crush injuries, spinal cord transections or re-implantation of amputated extremities. They also must demonstrate injury prevention and control programs, outreach activities for their local communities, and education programs for nurses, physicians and allied health care workers involved with trauma injuries.

“Texas Health Plano meets and many times exceeds the requirements for a Level III facility, primarily because of the hospital’s demonstrated commitment to attracting key specialists for the care of injured patients,” said Dr. John D. Josephs, medical director of the hospital’s trauma program and trauma surgeon on the hospital’s medical staff. “The experience of the medical staff, many of whom have been at the hospital for numerous years, ensures that injured patients will receive optimal trauma care, provided in their own community.”

Michaela Watson, RN, trauma program coordinator, said the Level III distinction necessitates a coordinated effort by all members of the hospital’s trauma team.

“A successful trauma program calls for advocacy on the part of surgeons, hospital administration, director of the trauma program and all involved healthcare workers in order to offer patients exceptional care throughout their hospitalization and rehabilitation,” she said. “We are proud to have achieved this critical milestone, placing Texas Health Plano as a leader in our community.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.