Emergency Medicine - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

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Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Emergency and Trauma Services treat more than 75,000 patients each year in our Emergency Care Centers, many of whom are categorized as trauma. These patients benefit from the high-tech facilities and highly trained medical specialists who staff the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Trauma Centers 24 hours each day:


  • Level II Trauma Center
  • Trauma surgeons on call 24|7
  • 40 beds
  • Chest Pain Center

South Tyler

  • 8 beds
  • CT and X-ray 24|7
  • General surgery M-F


  • Level IV Trauma Center
  • 9 beds
  • 24-hour CT, X-ray and lab services
  • Ultrasound M-F, 8am-5pm; on call after hours and weekends
  • NO OB/Gyn, Orthopedics or General Surgery

Sulphur Springs

  • Level IV Trauma Center
  • 96 bed hospital
  • 10 bed ICU
  • 24/7 Intensivist Coverage
  • 24/7 Hospitalist Coverage
  • 24/7 Cath Lab
  • 24/7 Neurology/Stoke Coverage
  • 24/7 OB Coverage
  • Level II NICU
  • 10 bed Inpatient Rehab
  • CT, X-Ray, Lab Coverage


  • Level IV Trauma Center
  • 6 rooms
  • Surgical services M-F, 7:30a-3:30p
  • 24-hour radiology and CT capability
  • Able to treat and stabilize patients coming in presenting symptoms of stroke or heart attack
  • LUCAS chest compression system
  • Ultrasound

CHRISTUS 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.

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Chest Pain Center

Our 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

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.

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