The Trauma Service office is
staffed with a Program Manager, Mid Level Practitioners, and Trauma
Abstractors who are responsible for a wide variety of duties. Staff
members can be reached at (409) 747-0152 Monday-Friday between 7am-4pm.
The Trauma Program Manager (TPM) is a registered
nurse who works closely with the Trauma Medical Director to develop,
implement and evaluate the trauma program. She is responsible for the
organization of services and systems necessary for a multidisciplinary
approach in providing care to the trauma patient. Day to day
responsibility for process and performance improvement related to
nursing is a vital aspect of her daily responsibilities. The TPM is also
responsible for overseeing all employees in the department along with
administrative and budgetary needs.
There are multiple organizations available to provide helpful information to the TPM and are listed as follows:
Our Mid Level Practitioners are available to
augment the trauma medical team through evaluation and treatment of the
trauma patient throughout their stay. The PA/NP is available to answer
patient/family questions throughout the day related to medications and
diagnoses. They are available to assist patients’ and their families
through the maze of hospital and outpatient services. Their goal is to
assure the patient has everything in place in a timely manner to avoid
excessive hospital days. They work closely with the physicians,
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists to assure their
recommendations are followed for each patient. Each patient’s follow-up
appointments are made prior to discharge and provided to the patient
and/or family member. The case manager also plays a vital role in the
referral process for in-patient rehabilitation and will work closely
with insurance companies to acquire a list of appropriate rehabilitation
The Trauma Abstractors perform a vital role in
entering trauma data into our database which is analyzed on a local,
state and national level to develop strategies to decrease injuries
related to trauma. The National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB)
is the largest aggregation of trauma registry data assembled,
containing records from trauma centers throughout the U.S. and Puerto
- For more information on the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB), access their website at http://www.ntdb.org.
- The website for the State of Texas Trauma Registry is as follows: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/injury.
- The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
(AAAM) is a professional multidisciplinary organization dedicated
entirely to motor vehicle crash injury prevention and control. You can
obtain additional information on their website at https://www.aaam.org/.