ETMC Gilmer earns Level IV trauma designation
The Texas Department of State Health Services has announced that East Texas Medical Center Gilmer has officially been designated as a Level IV trauma center, according to Larry Walker, ETMC Gilmer administrator.
"This designation was given after ETMC Gilmer voluntarily underwent the intensive survey process by the Texas Department of State Health Services to demonstrate its commitment to high quality trauma care for Upshur County residents. We will continue to work to set new standards of excellence in providing emergency care," Walker said. "We are particularly appreciative for the dedication shown by our employees and physicians, who were instrumental in ETMC Gilmer receiving this designation," he said.
A Level IV designated trauma center means that the facility provides resuscitation, stabilization, and arranges for appropriate transfer of major and severe trauma patients to a higher level trauma facility. It also provides ongoing educational opportunities in trauma related topics for healthcare professionals and the public and implements targeted injury prevention programs.
Requirements include specific training in trauma for medical and physician personnel, specialized equipment and dedicated staffing, as well as on-going performance improvement measures.
"ETMC Gilmer opened in June 2004 as a full-service hospital, and this trauma designation is one step toward our mission of providing Upshur County and surrounding areas with excellent healthcare," Walker said.
ETMC Gilmer is part of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System's network of trauma facilities throughout East Texas. The system's flagship trauma facility, ETMC Tyler, is East Texas' only Level I facility and one of only 13 comprehensive trauma centers in the state. All hospitals in the ETMC system are designated trauma centers.
Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Jacksonville, Mt. Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.