July 07, 2020
North Richland Hills, TX - Medical City North Hills has been re-designated a Level III Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), maintaining the highest level provided in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area. Surveyors noted no deficiencies throughout the thorough review.
"This accomplishment serves as further evidence of our commitment to our community and the surrounding region," says Mark Deno, Medical City North Hills CEO. "Having the surveyors find no deficiencies for follow-up - a rarity for hospitals - is a testament to our readiness and commitment to providing outstanding trauma care to our community."
The Level III Trauma designation involves an extensive survey process, following standards set by the TDSHS. The voluntary process requires a commitment to providing comprehensive regional care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.
Elements of a Level III Trauma center include:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
- Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program
- Has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
- Provides back-up care for rural and community hospitals.
- Offers continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team.
- Involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.
"Your hospital is to be commended for its ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for trauma patients in its area," wrote John Hellerstedt, MD, Commissioner for the Texas Department of State Health Services. "Congratulations on this impressive accomplishment. I also want to thank you and your staff for the leadership role you have assumed in the development of our state trauma system."
Medical City North Hills sees over 37,000 emergency room patients each year and participates in extensive community education and outreach, including the Stop the Bleed program and Shattered Dreams enactment with the Birdville ISD.