ETMC Henderson earns designation as Level III stroke center, re-designation as Level IV trauma facility

November 3, 2016

The Texas Department of State Health Services has designated ETMC Henderson as a Level III stroke center and re-designated the hospital as a Level IV trauma facility.

“We are so proud to have earned a designation as a stroke center and re-designation as a trauma center,” said Mark Leitner, hospital administrator. “Patients facing a traumatic injury or suffering from a stroke can receive the care they need right in their own community. I also would like to commend the hard work of our team members in achieving these designations.”

There are 148 designated stroke facilities in Texas. There are 17 comprehensive or Level 1 centers. There are 110 primary or Level II stroke facilities, including ETMC Tyler. ETMC Henderson, along with ETMC Athens and ETMC Pittsburg, are part of the 15 support or Level III facilities.

To earn the two-year designation, ETMC Henderson had to pass an extensive on-site survey during which all its stroke protocols were evaluated. Also, the state reviewed data compiled over a six-month period by the hospital to ensure current clinical guidelines relating to stroke care were followed.

In addition, Level III centers must have the equipment, protocols and specially trained personnel needed to resuscitate, stabilize and assess stroke victims and provide treatment or immediate transfer to a higher level stroke center. They also must provide ongoing educational opportunities relating to stroke and implement stroke prevention programs.

Trauma center re-designated

There are 288 trauma facilities in Texas. There are 17 comprehensive or Level 1 centers, including ETMC Tyler. There are 15 major trauma, or Level I, centers, and 57 advanced, or Level III, centers. ETMC Henderson, along with ETMC hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Fairfield, Jacksonville, Pittsburg, Quitman and Trinity, are part of the 199 basic, or Level IV, trauma facilities in Texas.

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.

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.