The quality of healthcare for Brazos Valley residents surviving traumatic life-threatening injuries is improving with one hospital's recent designation as the only Level 2 Trauma Center between Waco and Houston.
On the Texas Department of State Health Services website, St. Joseph Hospital is now listed as one of only 15 Level 2 Trauma facilities in the state. Hospital administrators have been working with the American College of Surgeons since 2012 to achieve the designation and a formal announcement will be made Thursday morning at 9:30.
In order to achieve the higher standard of care, St. Joseph Hospital has recruited additional physicians with trauma surgery expertise.
As the only hospital in a seven-county region with a Level 2 designation, the hospital has an extensive around the clock staff of doctors with resources capable of quickly treating seriously injured patients.
To guarantee a rapid response and gain the Level 2 designation, hospital staff worked with teams of emergency responders and St. Joseph AirMedical to focus on helping critically injured patients and offer them better odds for survival.