Stories to follow in 2019: Houston Northwest Medical Center continues to pursue Level II trauma rating


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In May, Houston Northwest Medical Center became the first Harris County hospital in the Spring and Klein area to begin the process of seeking a Level II trauma center designation, a process that takes about 18 months, HNMC CEO Tim Puthoff said.

The latest
The HNMC trauma admission rate has doubled since the hospital began pursuing level II status, while critical traumas—which require immediate response—have quadrupled, hospital officials said. The hospital has hired 12 additional surgeons and plans additional hires to meet the goal of having a surgical team available 24/7, hospital officials said. The number of trauma surgeons available is a chief requirement for certification by the American College of Surgeons.

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Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.
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