The Texas Department of State Health Services has designated Medical City Plano as a Level 1 trauma center. Medical City Plano is the first and only hospital in Collin County to achieve a Level 1 designation.
According to the department, a Level 1 designation is the highest rank possible, where facilities must show commitment to providing comprehensive care for every aspect of trauma, from prevention through rehabilitation. The designation process includes an extensive survey process and verification by the American College of Surgeons. Hospitals seeking the Level 1 designation must operate as such one year prior to inspection.
Medical City Plano reported its Level 1 designation was “strongly connected to its burn center,” as it is the only such center in Collin County. Other factors, including the hospital’s recent Magnet award for staff nursing excellence and an array of emergency services offered, are also believed to have contributed to the designation.
The American Trauma Society defines a Level 1 trauma center as one providing 24-hour, in-house coverage with specialty physicians available and on-call, leadership in prevention and public education to surrounding communities, and teaching and research to help advance innovations in trauma care.
Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco, says achieving a Level 1 Trauma designation is a massive undertaking, requiring significant resources as well as clinical support and commitment from hospital staff and Medical City Healthcare leadership. “Bringing together surgical, clinical and educational expertise will have a positive impact on the communities we serve, and solidify the responsibility we feel as a leading healthcare provider in Collin County and the surrounding region,” Gressle told D CEO Healthcare.