Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is the only emergency department in Tarrant County to receive Level III trauma center designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Level III designation is awarded to hospitals that meet a high level of 24-hour trauma emergency, operative and critical care services. The designation assures the community that Texas Health HEB is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering from life-threatening injuries or arrange for transfer to a higher-level trauma-designated facility if needed.

  • To achieve the designation, Texas Health HEB had to demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency surgery and stabilization
  • Must have transfer agreements with a higher-level facility when necessary (Level I or II)
  • Maintain continuous general surgery coverage
  • Standardized treatment protocols to plan for care of injured trauma patients

In addition, the hospital demonstrated established injury prevention and control programs, outreach activities to the local community, and education programs for nurses, physicians, and allied health care workers involved with trauma care. Community programs include Matter of Balance, for fall prevention; Safe Sitter, for babysitter training; and car seat safety checks.

Texas Health HEB's trauma program is a critical component of the hospital's emergency services. The hospital's emergency department cares for more than 60,000 patients annually.

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