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CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Receives Prestigious Trauma Accreditation May 22, 2019

Tyler, Texas – The trauma center at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“To be accredited as a Level II Trauma Center by the ACS is a deserved recognition for the tremendous effort and passion that our physicians, advanced practice providers, the amazing nursing teams and all of our support services on the Trauma put into ensuring our patients receive the highest levels of faith-based care when they visit our facilities,” said Jason Proctor, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals - Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville and the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients, from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

“This achievement represents the highest goals of clinical excellence and dedication to outstanding patient care,” said Lane Schnell, M.D., Chief of Emergency Medicine at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “With this recognition, we again demonstrated to our patients and to the health care community that CHRISTUS Health stands ready and prepared to offer the highest quality of care to our critically ill and injured patients.”

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

“This accreditation is made possible by each of our Associates and team members giving maximum effort to living our mission every day,” said Rachael Keilin, M.D., Chief of Trauma Services at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. “We are proud of providing exceptional care to our patients, work diligently on their behalf, and we look forward to the continued growth and development of trauma care in this ministry in the days ahead.”