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ETMC Clarksville re-designated Level IV trauma center

ETMC Clarksville 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 May 22.  ETMC Clarksville 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 Clarksville are qualified and equipped to treat seriously injured trauma patients, or stabilize and then transfer patients to a higher level trauma center, if more advanced care is needed.

ETMC Clarksville 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 I.

"We are so proud to have earned re-designation as a Level IV trauma center," said Jeff Nichols, RN, emergency department supervisor and trauma coordinator at ETMC Clarksville. "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."

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 Clarksville," said Nichols. "When a patient has suffered a traumatic injury time is of the essence. We are proud to provide high quality trauma care conveniently for the people of Clarksville and Red River County."

ETMC Clarksville is part of ETMC's network of emergency facilities across East Texas. ETMC EMS provides emergency transport services across the region 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.