Neurotrauma certification first of its kind for Texas Health Fort Worth

Neurotrauma certification first of its kind for Texas Health Fort Worth
Neurotrauma certification first of its kind for Texas Health Fort Worth Photo credit Texas Health Harris Methodist

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is the first facility in the U.S. to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Neurotrauma Certification.

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care and demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

"Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the country right now and there's no reason for anybody to feel like they have to go anywhere other than right here to get their health care,” said Christopher Shank, M.D., a neurosurgeon on the Texas Health Fort Worth medical staff. Shank also serves as the Neurotrauma Program medical director.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) reports every nine seconds, a person in the U.S. sustains a brain injury, culminating in more than 3.5 million injuries each year.

"It puts Texas Health Fort Worth and the whole Texas Health Resources system right up there with some of the largest academic medical centers, striving to achieve not only excellence in patient care in this area, but also training the next generation of clinicians and contributing to evidence-based research," Dr. Shank said.

"Hopefully nobody (reading) will ever need these services," Dr. Shank added. "But we are here 24/7, 365, and ready to work!"

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Texas Health Harris Methodist