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Good Shepherd-Linden designated as Level IV trauma center

Released by: Good Shepherd Medical Center-Linden

LINDEN, TX — Good Shepherd Medical Center-Linden is proud to announce its new status as a Level IV Trauma Center.

A trauma center is a hospital that has the resources, equipment and specially trained staff necessary to care for severely injured patients. If you are severely injured, having fast access to specialized resources, equipment and staff is critical.

"Having a local trauma center is a vital addition to our community," said Carla Roadcap, CEO of Good Shepherd Medical Center- Linden. "This designation is the latest step in Good Shepherd's ongoing mission to offer quality health care right here at home, when our neighbors need it most."

According to the American College of Surgeons, a Level IV Trauma Center is a hospital usually located in a rural area which supplements care within a larger trauma system. Level IV facilities provide initial evaluation and stabilization of injured patients.

After trauma patients are evaluated and stabilized, they are transferred to a higher level of care if necessary. A level IV has 24-hour emergency coverage and resuscitation capabilities, and staff is required to receive ongoing education in trauma care.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma classifies trauma centers as Level I to Level IV based upon the services and personnel they are able to provide. All levels of trauma centers are critical components of trauma systems. Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview is a Level II Trauma Center, and Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall is a Level III Trauma Center.

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