Officials with the Hospitals of Providence announced that their Memorial Campus has been designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“We are excited to have achieved this honor,” said Dr. Bruce Applebaum, regional trauma medical director and trauma medical director for The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus.
“Trauma Centers play a critical role in keeping communities safe by ensuring consistent processes and procedures to enable physicians and staff to provide patients the necessary and appropriate care needed. A Level III Trauma Center provides patients who have suffered a traumatic injury access to a higher level of care. This has been a multi-year journey and a true collaboration among physicians and staff, as well as our dedicated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers.”
This designation was awarded after Memorial Campus showcased its commitment to accept a higher acuity of trauma patient, properly intervene and implement care.
A Major Level III Trauma Center brings together a number of resources that benefit trauma patients, including 24/7 immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
Level III Trauma Centers can provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations, and stabilization and also arrange for transfer to a facility that can provide definitive trauma care when needed.
“We are committed to continually enhance and advance the level of care we provide our patients throughout the El Paso community,” said Nicholas Tejeda, group chief executive officer for The Hospitals of Providence. “Having both the Memorial Campus and East Campus earn this achievement this year, shows our commitment to increase access to critical services to meet the growing needs of our community. I am incredibly proud of our dedicated team to make this ambitious goal a reality.”
According to the Society of Trauma Nurses, trauma is the number one cause of years of productive life lost before the age of 75 and the leading cause of death up and until age of 45.
Delivery of optimal trauma care is a critical means of preventing unnecessary death and disability.
“Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and trauma systems play a critical role in responding during times of disaster crisis and major trauma emergencies,” to said Applebaum. “During a trauma emergency, every second matters and having a comprehensive team in place is vital for the best possible outcomes for our patients.”
THOP’s East Campus announced earlier this year their advancement to a Level III Trauma Center.