ETMC Mount Vernon has been re-designated a Level IV trauma
center by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The state conducted a survey of the hospital's trauma
program on June 16 and 17. ETMC Mount Vernon passed the survey with
no deficiencies and earned re-designation as a Level IV trauma
center until 2016.
The designation indicates team members at ETMC Mount Vernon are
qualified and equipped to treat seriously injured or ill patients,
or stabilize and then transfer, patients to a higher level trauma
center, if more advanced care is needed.
ETMC Mount Vernon is one of 187 Level IV trauma centers in the
state. Of the 580 plus hospitals in Texas, 48 are designated Level
III trauma centers; 17 are designated Level II and 16 are Level
"We are so proud to have earned re-designation as a Level IV
trauma center," said Rob Terry, RN, trauma coordinator for ETMC
Mount Vernon. "It is a true reflection of the hard work of our team
members and their commitment to providing the best care to our
patients, especially those facing a traumatic injury or
To earn the designation, a hospital must meet a comprehensive
list of requirements established by the state, including having
certain equipment on hand, lab and radiology facilities that are
manned around the clock and meeting staffing requirements, which
include extensive trauma training, among others.
"The trauma designation reflects the quality of care patients
receive at ETMC Mount Vernon," said Jamie-Crystal Wylie, hospital
administrator. "Whether a patient has suffered a traumatic injury
or is having a heart attack or stroke, time is of the essence. We
are proud to provide high quality trauma care conveniently for the
people of Franklin County."
ETMC Mount Vernon is part of ETMC's network of emergency
facilities across East Texas. ETMC EMS provides emergency transport
services via ambulance and ETMC Air 1 helicopter.
At the heart of this network is the region's first and only
Level I trauma center at ETMC Tyler. Being a Level I trauma center
means holding to the highest standards in the nation, having a
trauma surgeon on site 24 hours a day, being equipped with advanced
technology and conducting research to stay current with innovations
in trauma care.