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ETMC Mount Vernon re-designated Level IV trauma center

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 I.

"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 illness."

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.