Memorial Health System of Livingston gets Trauma IV Designation

Memorial Medical Center - Livingston has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of Health. A Level IV Trauma Center provides resuscitation, stabilization and arranges for appropriate transfer of major and severe trauma patients to a higher level trauma facility when medically necessary.

The designation also provides ongoing educational opportunities in trauma related topics for health care professionals and the public and implements targeted injury prevention programs. "We are pleased that the Department of Health has recognized our employees for their hard work in achieving this designation," said Jay Dickson , administrator of the Livingston hospital.

Trauma designations are set by the Department of Health for all hospitals that seek designation. The criteria are set at levels one through four, with each set of criteria building on the next. In achieving the Level IV designation, the Department of Health said the Livingston hospital demonstrated "competency of the staff and the hospital to meet the criteria set by TDH." Periodic resurveys will be performed to ensure and maintain the designation. Designation as a trauma facility allows representation from Livingston to participate in the Regional Trauma system. Memorial Medical Center - Livingston assists in the development of the system and the regional trauma plan.

To ensure the appropriate level of care is available, Livingston maintains transfer agreements with Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin , Level III Trauma Center , and Memorial Hermann of Houston, a Level I Trauma Center facility.