McAllen Medical Center has received high marks in a recent trauma survey by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The McAllen hospital also earned a three-year re-designation of its Advanced Level III Trauma status by the state agency.

In a letter from David Lackey, M.D., Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, he praised McAllen Medical Center for its ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for trauma patients in the area. He also acknowledged the hospital and its staff for their continued leadership role in the development of the state’s trauma system.

“I congratulate our team of professionals working together at McAllen Medical Center to provide quality trauma care to all those we serve,” says Joe Riley, chief executive officer for McAllen Medical Center. “As the leading provider of emergency health care services in our community, we are dedicated to keeping pace with our patients’ trauma care needs by offering advanced technology and an array of medical specialties whenever possible.”

McAllen Medical Center is the Lead Level III Advanced Trauma facility in Hidalgo County, and its emergency department staff is ready day and night to respond quickly when patients require immediate trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery or other emergency services. Over the years, the hospital has consistently met a rigorous criterion by state and federal organizations to provide higher level care to all major and severe trauma patients in the Rio Grande Valley.

“It takes a special group of professionals to keep up with the demands of a busy emergency department such as ours, says Al Calzada, Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at McAllen Medical Center. “It is the extraordinary teamwork of our emergency room physicians and staff that help make our advanced trauma level status possible.”

The Emergency Department at McAllen Medical Center is comprised of 28 beds including: 4 trauma rooms (6 beds), general care (14 beds), and a fast track area (8 beds). In the summer of 2007, McAllen Medical Center renovated the emergency lobby area, admitting area as well as the patient care area.

McAllen Medical Center is one of 40 Level III Advanced Trauma facilities in the state. Level III hospitals must reapply for trauma designation every three years. For more information about the emergency services at McAllen Medical Center, visit www. southtexashealthsystem.com.

About McAllen Medical Center

McAllen Medical Center is a South Texas Health System facility. With 441 beds, McAllen Medical Center offers a broad range of community-focused services. It serves one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. McAllen Medical Center is committed to keeping pace with its patients’ changing needs by offering advanced healthcare technology and techniques whenever possible. Today, McAllen Medical Center’s medical staff includes more than 400 physicians representing over 50 medical specialties. South Texas Health System is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation. As the Valley’s leading hospital system, it offers specialized services in behavioral health, cardiovascular care, emergency medicine, neuroscience, oncology, pediatric care, women’s services, and rehabilitation. Its facilities include: Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Edinburg Regional Rehab Center, McAllen Medical Center, McAllen Heart Hospital and South Texas Behavioral Health Center and Cornerstone Regional Hospital.