HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake is redesignated as the only Level II trauma center in the Bay Area, according to a Sept. 21 news release. The redesignation recognizes the hospital's capabilities in providing critical care to trauma patients.

The details

The hospital, located at 500 W. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, was originally designated to Level II status in 2014.

Trauma designations last for a three-year period, said hospital officials. HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake officials reapplied to maintain the hospital’s status.

Level II trauma centers offer trauma prevention and continuing education programs for staff and the community, per the release.

The state of Texas Department of Health Services designates trauma centers in Texas on a scale from Level I to Level IV, highest to lowest.

What they’re saying

Nathan Deal, chief medical officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake, said urgency is important in trauma care, where immediate and definitive critical care significantly increases a trauma victim's chance of survival.

“A trauma victim’s chance of survival is greatest if care is received in the ‘Golden Hour’ from the time of severe injury,” he said in the release.

In other news

In July, HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland received a Level III trauma designation.