Lewisville and southern Denton County residents now have access to advanced trauma care in their community. Medical City Lewisville, is the first hospital in southern Denton County to be designated as an Advanced (Level III) Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
As an Advanced Level III Trauma Center, Medical City Lewisville has specialized, dedicated resources available to manage major and severe injuries.
“There is a significant need for advanced trauma care in Lewisville and our surrounding communities,” said Sharn Barbarin, MHA, FACHE, CEO of Medical City Lewisville. “Since embarking on the journey to become an advanced Level III trauma center more than a year ago, we’ve had over 400 trauma admissions.”
The designation process ensures that proper procedures, staffing and processes are in place to best care for the most serious injuries, from gunshot wounds to head injuries to complex fractures to automobile accidents. As part of this designation, trauma surgeons, as well as other physician specialists, are required to be available 24 hours a day. Trauma facilities are also required by the State of Texas to collect data about trauma cases on an ongoing basis in order to continually improve outcomes and quality standards.
“At Medical City Lewisville we have the staff, training, supplies and equipment, as well as the policies and procedures to care for trauma patients as part of an ongoing commitment to improve outcomes for survival,” said Elizabeth Kim, MD, Medical City Lewisville Trauma Medical Director.
Medical City Lewisville has a comprehensive team of surgeons, specialists, nurses and staff members that receive specialized training in trauma care. The hospital also partners with local EMS personnel to provide education in caring for trauma patients in the field.
In the last several years, MCL has expanded services due to the increased need for emergency care in southern Denton County. In anticipation of the Advanced Level III Trauma Designation, Medical City Lewisville opened a new emergency department in the fall of 2015, which includes two trauma rooms and the only pediatric ER in Denton County. The hospital offers expanded cardiovascular services, including open heart surgeries, and is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.