Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services
Trinity Mother Frances Emergency/Trauma Services
Trinity Mother Frances Emergency and Trauma Services treat more than 64,000 patients each year in the Emergency Care Center, many of whom are categorized as trauma. These patients benefit from the high-tech facilities and highly trained medical specialists who staff the Trinity Mother Frances Level II Trauma Center 24 hours each day.
Trinity Mother Frances Emergency Care Center is staffed at all times with skilled physicians, nurses and technicians who have been specially trained to deal with all medical emergencies, including rapid stabilization of heart attacks, strokes, trauma, poisoning, severe bleeding and other sudden illnesses in adults and children.
Emergency Care Center physicians are board certified in emergency medicine or family practice with certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and advanced trauma life support. And because major injuries can happen night or day, trauma surgeons are on call at all times.
Special touches at the Emergency Care Center include continuous children's video programs in the emergency pediatric rooms to help keep our young patients entertained, a private lounge, and two special rooms with continuous flow air exchange for patients with serious respiratory infections.
Champion EMS is the region's most innovative emergency medical service. It was formed by two of the area's leading health care organizations, Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler and Good Shepherd Regional Health System of Longview, combining their EMS resources to provide technologically advanced services to the area. The high-tech communication center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with certified emergency medical dispatchers who can provide emergency care instructions to the callers before the ambulance arrives on the scene. This collaborative effort enables Champion EMS to serve a 35-county region with quality emergency medical services. Each Champion EMS ambulance is equipped with 12-lead EKG with electronic transmission capability to provide in-transit emergency care to victims of heart attacks. Champion EMS plays a key role in initiating the Code STEMI protocol for victims of heart attacks even before they arrive at the hospital. In addition to emergency transport, Champion EMS provides transfer services for patients needing transportation from hospitals to convalescent, rehab or long-term nursing facilities.
Trinity Mother Frances Chest Pain Center was the first nationally accredited Chest Pain Center in this region. The creation of this specialized area within the Emergency Care Center dedicated solely to cardiac care reflects the organization's ongoing commitment to cardiac services. Located only steps away from the new cardiac cath lab facilities in the Ornelas Tower, the Chest Pain Center provides the latest in bedside patient monitoring equipment and includes 24-hour access to cardiac specialists.
The Fast Track program expedites care for non-urgent patients in the emergency room. Fast Track patients are treated by a designated Fast Track staff in a separate area of the Emergency Care Center so they do not have to wait behind more serious patients who often require more time and resources. Patients requiring urgent care are triaged and placed in the Emergency Care Center according to the severity of their condition. Fast Track patients do not delay or interfere with the speed of care for those patients in need. The goal is to provide care for non-urgent patients within 45 minutes to one hour of arrival.
Flight For Life provides helicopter transportation for patients needing critical care service within a 150-mile radius in a 23-county area. The Flight For Life team includes a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic specially trained in both adult and pediatric advanced life support for critical patient transports. The helicopter can transport two patients plus the medical crew and pilot and has the largest capacity of any area helicopter medical transport. In addition to the passengers, the helicopter is equipped with trauma and medical resuscitation equipment, fetal monitor, emergency birthing equipment, a variety of drugs including "clotbusters" for cardiac arrests and other emergency equipment. Most importantly, Trinity Mother Frances continuously stresses safety through rigorous training of all crew members.