North Texans who are seriously injured between Dallas and Fort Worth now have another option for high-level trauma care. Medical City Arlington is the first and only hospital in Arlington officially designated a Level II Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The full-service acute hospital also serves the surrounding communities of Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Pantego, Kennedale, Cedar Hill, Red Oak and Midlothian.
Trauma Center designation is voluntary and requires a true commitment on the part of the hospital to provide the resources and staff necessary to achieve the designation. The requirements needed to achieve Level II trauma designation elevates the level of care offered by all of the hospital’s services, from emergency and surgical services to critical care and rehabilitation.
Nearly 30 Texans die every day from injuries—about 10,000 a year—according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, traumatic injuries are the No. 1 cause of fatalities among people ages 1 to 44 years old. High-level trauma care is absolutely necessary to save lives.
What is a Level II Trauma Center?
A Level II trauma designation represents the second-highest level of trauma designation available and reflects Medical City Arlington’s dedication to providing optimal care for severely injured patients—an extension of the hospital’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life.
While trauma level requirements vary by state, elements of a Level II Trauma Center as outlined by the American College of Surgeons include:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as specialty coverage in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, radiology and critical care
- Continuing education, injury and trauma prevention programs for staff and the community
- A comprehensive quality assessment program
Ongoing trauma education and resources.
As part of its commitment to provide the community with trauma prevention instruction and support, Medical City Arlington participates in programs and events designed to offer education and resources, including Stop the Bleed training and a bicycle helmet giveaway sponsored by Medical City Arlington Trauma Services that took place at Cravens Park in South Arlington.
When your family needs emergency care from an accident or injury, one of our many Medical City ER locations across North Texas has you covered. With average wait times posted online, if you do have an emergency, you can spend less time waiting and more time on the moments that matter most.