Saving Lives When Seconds Count

CHRISTUS Spohn celebrates Trauma Awareness Month.

By: Steven Alford

In the world of health care, trauma is known as the great equalizer. Emergencies come unannounced, anywhere, at any time. Trauma doesn’t discriminate, and can it happen to anyone. That’s why it’s important for doctors and nurses to stay on top of their game, and ready to save lives when the clock is ticking.

CS_CHRISTUS Spohn Trauma Team

Located at the region’s only Level II Trauma Center, the CHRISTUS Spohn trauma team keeps preparedness top of mind. This spring, ahead of National Trauma Awareness Month, recognized each May since 1988, CHRISTUS Spohn has a host of events leading up. It’s a way to keep the community engaged and aware about the dangers of trauma and the opportunities to save lives.

“As trauma center director, I feel like I get to take part in miracles each day,” said Dr. Osbert Blow, CHRISTUS Spohn’s chief medical officer and trauma center director. “Trauma is that one element in our life that affects all of us. Is doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from; it’s that chance accident that affects us all.”

To celebrate Trauma Awareness Month, the CHRISTUS Spohn trauma team is hosting trauma preparedness courses for nurses and physicians, a trauma conference, as well as the annual trauma reunion, which brings together trauma survivors with the clinicians who provided their care.

It’s a touching tribute to the hard work the trauma team puts in each day, and the integral role they play providing compassionate emergency care for residents from a dozen surrounding counties. “It’s our mission to provide first-class service and high-quality care to our community,” according to Blow.

This year, the health system broke ground on what will be the new cutting-edge trauma center at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline. This state-of-the-art facility is part of a $325 million investment in the community by CHRISTUS Health that will see the creation of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center, and the addition of more than 420,000 square feet of new infrastructure at Shoreline. That will include the new Level II Trauma Center, the only of its kind south of Austin. It will be an integral addition to the health care services available for South Texans.

“This plan to transform health care in the Coastal Bend is not only the next evolutionary step for our trauma program, but for our entire community,” Blow said. “It’s an exciting time for our health system and our community, and we look forward to the great things to come during the next three to five years as this plan gets underway.”

South Texas Trauma Facts

• In 2014, the CHRISTUS Spohn trauma team treated 2,314 patients.
• Motor-vehicle accidents accounted for 36 percent of 2014 trauma cases.
• Nearly 61 percent of trauma those cases came from within Nueces County.
• About 67 percent of trauma patients were 55 years old or younger.

Source: 2014 CHRISTUS Spohn Trauma Report

About CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is the region’s largest charity care provider and not-for-profit health care system consisting of six hospital campuses: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Shoreline, Memorial and South), CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg (Kingsville). The health system is consistently ranked a leading health system in the area, and it has received national recognition for several pioneering programs, including trauma, cardiac care, clinical excellence and oncology. For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn has been distinguished by its high-caliber staff and affiliated physicians, its comprehensive and innovative services and its long history of responding to the needs of the community it serves. For additional information, visit www.christusspohn.org.

For more information about trauma services at CHRISTUS Spohn, visit www.christusspohn.org/traumaservices.

Photos courtesy of Christus Spohn

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