Trauma affects people from all walks of life. As the area’s population grows, the risk for trauma increases.
What is a Trauma Level?
These categories are national standards for trauma care. Levels one through four refer to the kinds of resources available at a trauma center and the number of patients admitted yearly. As the trauma level number decreases, trauma capabilities increase.
What did St. Joseph change?
Formally, St. Joseph had been the Lead Level III Trauma Center for the Brazos Valley. In 2007 and 2010, St. Joseph was encouraged by state surveyors to seek Level II Trauma designation because we already met many of the Level II criteria and capabilities.
To be evaluated as a Level II Trauma Center, St. Joseph had to demonstrate that it could operate to that standard.
With centers of excellence for advanced neurosurgery care and orthopedic care, St. Joseph has long-provided a high level of trauma care for patients with neuro or orthopedic injuries. As we moved toward our Level II designation, more physicians with specific trauma surgery expertise were recruited. Dr. Adair de Berry-Carlisle, a board-certified trauma surgeon joined St. Joseph as our Trauma Center Medical Director.
What St. Joseph’s Level II Designation Means for the Brazos Valley:
While we met many of the requirements for a Level II designation for some time, this formal recognition allows EMS crews and the public to know our trauma capabilities are the most advanced in the region and have surpassed all other local providers.
Having this level of trauma care available in our region allows patients access to high quality trauma care for the best possible outcome. Closer to home.
ACS did not just examine our hospital resources necessary for trauma care. Evaluators considered whether or not we could provide comprehensive care for all injured patients.
Their designation means we have the expertise, equipment and programs in place to care for every part of the patient and family’s experience – from EMS to ER to imaging, lab, surgery, spiritual care, hospital nursing units and rehabilitation.
St. Joseph knows trauma care is a team effort involving every department and we’re ready.
About St. Joseph’s Trauma Program: