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Pampa Regional Medical Center accredited level 4 trauma center

Amarillo, TX - Good news for the community of Pampa, the Regional Medical Center's Trauma Center has been accredited by the state.

The state has approved a level-four trauma center at the Pampa Regional Medical Center, which is expected to make major health issues a lot more accessible in terms of care.

The course of applying to become a level-four trauma center began almost two years ago, when the medical center underwent new administration. Since then the initiative to improve the hospital's trauma center kicked into gear.

Brad Morse, Chief Executive Officer of PRMC, said before the designation, a lot of the doctor's were already working in the center and it was just a matter of getting them organized. Now, the hospital said it has put in the time, money and training to make this accreditation possible.

"We brought in new general surgeons, new hospitalists, Pulmonologists, and Pulmonologists is more of the critical care type of physician, so we have a lot here that we didn't have before," Morse said.

Becoming a level-four trauma center means the hospital's staff is able to stabilize any health situation and then transfer the patient to an appropriate care facility.

This comes with a higher standard set for staff members. Andrew Alanis, Trauma Coordinator at PRMC, said all of the staff has to be accredited in trauma nursing courses and pediatric advance life-saving courses as well.

"All of our doctors who practice in our E.R. have to be accredited in advance trauma life-supports services systems, and if not, be accredited as a board certified emergency physician," Alanis said.

He also said these improvement standards are set by 22 state criteria that must be accounted for. "It's a higher level of commitment to our patients," Alanis said. "For our serious patients, our goal is to have them in and out of here within the two hour window that the state sets."

Another goal with the Pampa Regional Medical Center is to now maintain it's level-four designation, which will be surveyed every two years.

Alanis said the level-four accreditation is a great improvement, which could potentially draw more medical specialists to the hospital. He also said the hospital is committed to treating any type of patient with the best care possible.
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