ETMC Athens earns re-designation as Level IV trauma facility

June 8, 2017

ETMC Athens has been re-designated as a Level IV trauma center by The Texas Department of State Health Services until 2020.

“We are so proud to have earned a re-designation as a trauma center,” said Jack Endres, hospital administrator. “When devastating tornadoes struck Henderson and Van Zandt counties on April 29, ETMC Athens treated 36 patients with a variety of injuries right here in our own community. It’s important to have this level of expertise available, as you never know when you are going to need it. I am very proud of the hard work of our team members.”

The designation as a Level IV center means the hospital can treat seriously injured trauma patients, or stabilize and then transfer patients to a higher level trauma center, if more advanced care is needed.

ETMC Athens was recognized recently at the quarterly Texas trauma coordinators forum in Austin for having a perfect trauma survey with no deficiencies. “This is a prestigious recognition which validates the specialized training, hard work and dedication of the trauma team to take excellent care of patients,” said Lauren Ellis, RN, assistant director of the emergency department.

There are 289 trauma facilities in Texas. There are 18 comprehensive or Level 1 centers, including ETMC Tyler. There are 18 major trauma or Level II centers and 58 advanced, or Level III centers. ETMC Athens, along with ETMC hospitals in Henderson, Carthage, Jacksonville, Pittsburg and Quitman, are part of the 195 Level IV trauma facilities.

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.