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Harris Methodist Walls Regional Remains a Level IV Trauma Center
10/29/2008

CLEBURNE, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services’ recently re-designated Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital as a Level IV Trauma Center, the only trauma-designated facility in Johnson County. The designation is reviewed every three years.

Trauma is the leading cause of death for people up to age 44 and represents an estimated $5.6 billion in lost lifetime income potential, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Being a Level IV Trauma Designated facility enables Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital to treat seriously injured patients, stabilize them and then transport the patient to a trauma center that handles higher acuity cases if needed.

“We strive to be the first place anyone in the surrounding area considers for care,” said Marvin Cloud, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., trauma coordinator at Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital. “In an emergency, such as an injury, stroke or heart attack, minutes matter and Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is a close and convenient choice. One of the benefits of being part of a larger health care system is that we can see any emergency patient and, when necessary, draw on the resources of other hospitals in our system.”

“Our trauma designation is one more way we provide quality health care services to Cleburne and the surrounding counties,” said HMWR President Blake Kretz. “Our staff works diligently to provide compassionate care throughout our facility.”

To earn the designation, the hospital must have the necessary equipment and resources for trauma cases. Hospital staff must constantly review trauma cases, which enables staff to provide care based on the best practices of trauma centers across the country.

Also, the hospital must staff radiology, surgery and other departments to immediately treat trauma patients. Doctors and nurses must pass advanced trauma classes to provide patients with the latest procedures. The designation effort was a result of the 1989 Omnibus Rural Health Care Rescue Act, passed by the Texas Legislature.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital, soon to be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital's services include surgery, women and infant services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care.

Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital has been recently recognized for the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement award from TMF, the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award and the 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmwr.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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