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Trauma Center Redesignated as Level III March 26, 2015

CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Elizabeth has been redesignated as a Level III Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), and is the only center in the Southeast Texas region to receive the advanced trauma center designation.

“Since our inception, our mission has been to serve all of Southeast Texas with the highest level of health care,” said CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas CEO Paul Trevino. “Our trauma team saves lives every day—and are the best in the region—providing critical care when patients need it the fastest.”

CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Elizabeth Trauma Center cares for more than 1,200 patients annually who sustain injuries from a wide variety of incidents such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, recreational vehicle and equipment accidents, stabs and gunshots. Nearly 50 percent of patients are 65 years and older with the common mechanism of injury being a fall.

“For close to 20 years, our trauma team has been working hard to establish the highest level of care,” said Darioush Kavouspour, M.D., assistant trauma director and trauma surgeon at CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Elizabeth, “And, it’s a 24-hour team effort with our highly trained nurses, technicians, physicians and surgeons. We work closely with our EMS to assure communications systems are in place so we know how to care for the patients when they come through our doors. Because in these circumstances, seconds matter. It’s the different between life and death.”

There are 277 designated trauma facilities in Texas, 52 with a Level III designation.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the accrediting agency for trauma centers in Texas, trauma can occur anywhere at any time, with critical trauma victims needing definitive care within a short period of time, often called the "golden hour," to help prevent death or disability. Thirty Texans die every day from injuries, almost 10,000 each year. Trauma is the leading cause of death in persons aged 1 - 44 years.