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St. David's Round Rock Medical Center to Seek Level II Trauma Designation
Date:6/19/2009

Hospital to Be First Trauma Center in Williamson County

ROUND ROCK, Texas, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- St. David's Round Rock Medical Center today announced that the hospital will seek Level II Trauma Designation, making it the only trauma center in Williamson County.

"St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is well positioned to become a designated trauma center; the hospital has the busiest emergency department in the City of Round Rock with more than 40,000 patient visits each year," Deborah Ryle, Chief Executive Officer, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, said. "In more than two decades, we have grown with Williamson County--from recruiting hundreds of specialty physicians to launching the area's first comprehensive cardiovascular program. We are pleased to now add trauma services to the superb level of health care that we can offer residents close to home."

Working in consultation with Williamson County Emergency Medical Services, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center has identified a need for a Level II Trauma Center in Williamson County. In the past 16 months alone, more than 600 patients have required transport from Williamson County to Downtown Austin for trauma-related conditions.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to increase the level of care for the citizens of Williamson County and St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is in the ideal geographic location to become a trauma center because of its excellent access to major thoroughfares," Joe Granberry, Deputy Director, Williamson County Emergency Medical Services, said. "Having Level II trauma will not only decrease the time it takes Williamson County EMS to get a patient to a trauma facility for lifesaving care, but it will also reduce the turnaround time to get the ambulance back in the county so that we may take care of other customers."

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is moving forward with the process that the State requires for designation as a Level II Trauma Center.

"A 'trauma' could be a car accident or a fall--something that could happen to any one of us or our loved ones at any time," David Martin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, said. "In many cases, the difference between life and death following a trauma is time; for residents of Williamson and surrounding counties who have the misfortune of finding themselves in a life-threatening accident, the chance of survival will increase dramatically if there is a designated trauma program close to home."

As an initial step in the process of becoming a Level II Trauma Center, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center--under the direction of Chief Medical Officer Martin, a general surgeon with 14 years of trauma experience--is recruiting a highly qualified and experienced trauma surgeon and critical care specialist to direct the trauma program.

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center has developed a multi-disciplinary physician steering committee to build the infrastructure and begin training staff for the trauma program. Hospital leaders describe the program as a multi-specialty service with general surgery, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at its core.

According to the American Trauma Society, trauma is one of the most pressing health problems in the United States:

  • Trauma is the leading cause of death for all age groups under age 44.
  • Trauma accounts for more lives lost than heart disease and cancer combined.
  • 100,000 people die each year in the U.S. as the result of trauma.
  • Annual trauma costs in the U.S. are estimated at $100 billion to $200 billion.

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, located adjacent to downtown Round Rock on FM 620, off of IH-35, provides comprehensive health services to residents of Williamson and surrounding counties. Services include The Heart and Vascular Center with express testing, inpatient capacity of 184 beds with private rooms, The Women's Center and a thriving Emergency Room. The medical staff at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center currently has more than 600 physicians to meet the needs of the growing Williamson County population. The fourth largest employer in the City of Round Rock, the hospital currently has approximately 670 employees. In addition, the hospital provided more than $45 million in free care to people who could not otherwise afford to pay. St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is a member of St. David's HealthCare.

For more information, please visit www.StDavids.com/sdrrmc.aspx.

St. David's HealthCare

Ranked in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as the top Austin-area employer among large companies at the Austin Business Journal's annual "Best Places to Work" event, St. David's HealthCare is the fifth-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 6,200 employees and $3.1 billion in annual gross revenues. In 2008, St. David's HealthCare was named among the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare. That same year, St. David's HealthCare received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world class quality measures. In 2008, St. David's HealthCare provided more than $271.6 million in free care to people who could not otherwise afford to pay.

With a total of 24 sites across Central Texas, St. David's HealthCare includes five of the area's leading hospitals: St. David's North Austin Medical Center, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, St. David's South Austin Hospital, St. David's Medical Center and St. David's Georgetown Hospital. In addition to its full-service rehabilitation hospital, St. David's provides rehabilitation services at its acute-care facilities and at numerous outpatient rehabilitation clinics across the region. For more information please visit www.StDavids.com.

    Media Contacts:
    Kristin Marcum and Elizabeth Christian
    Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations
    (512) 472-9599


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