Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine has earned a Level II Major Trauma Center designation and verification by the American College of Surgeons. That makes the 301-bed Grapevine hospital the only such center in Northeast Tarrant County, and the fifth in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Level II centers are able to provide immediate, definitive care for all kinds of traumas, from minor injuries to life-threatening injuries. Before attaining the designation, Baylor Scott & White says, ambulances had to drive half an hour, on average, from the Grapevine area to reach a Level II Major Trauma Center in Tarrant or Dallas Counties, putting patients at greater risk.
In Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Plano are Level II centers; Level II centers in Fort Worth are Cook Children’s Medical Center and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.
“A trauma team provides a multi-disciplinary response to every angle of care for the injured patient,” Danielle Sherar, trauma program manager at Baylor Scott & White-Grapevine, said in a release. “The trauma rooms within the emergency department are set up with necessary equipment to provide time-sensitive care.”
Steve Newton, president of Baylor Scott & White-Grapevine, said the Level II designation will generate additional activity at the hospital. The “very complex process” of attaining the Level II designation began in November 2015, he added. The Grapevine facility, which has 1,200 people on staff, added six 24/7 trauma surgeons and six specialists in orthopedic trauma and neurosurgery, among others, as a result of the new designation.
The Grapevine hospital is one of 19 Level II Major Trauma Centers in Texas. Baylor Scott & White’s Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco has also earned the designation.