2013 continues to bring news reports from across Texas and the U.S. of devastation, both natural born and manmade. From the bombing at the Boston marathon, to the explosion in West, Texas, and the recent tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma, trauma centers have been called upon to meet the needs of the critically injured and fulfill a crucial role in emergency response and mitigation.

As Tarrant County’s only Level I Trauma Center, JPS has led the way caring for three victims from the West explosion and 11 victims of the Granbury.

Raj Gandhi, MD, medical director of trauma explained to news agencies how the explosion in West exemplified why continued funding of trauma programs in Texas is so crucial. Despite the devastation, Gandhi believes “having a prepared system in place helped mitigate the damage.”

The dedicated physicians, residents, surgeons, nurses, ancillary and support services team members are a source of pride for the Tarrant County community. The Level I Trauma Center at JPS ensures patients have the best chance for survival and recovery when tragedy strikes.

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