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Methodist Charlton designated as trauma center, first and only in Southern Dallas County

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  • Written By: Ryan Owens

State Recognizes Methodist Charlton can care for patients suffering from major traumatic injuries

Southern Dallas County, TX—Patients in Southern Dallas County finally have a recognized trauma center. The Texas Department of State Health Services designated Methodist Charlton Medical Center as Level III Advanced Trauma Facility.

A Level III trauma center provides the necessary equipment, specialized resources, and a specially trained trauma team to care for critically injured patients. Traumatic injuries include serious falls, traumatic car crashes, or violent injuries such as gunshot wounds. Methodist Charlton is the only trauma center in the Southern Dallas County.

“Becoming a designated trauma facility recognizes the quality care that we at Methodist Charlton have dedicated to the community in which we serve,” says Jeffrey Butterfield, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Department. “This designation brings an increased focus on trauma care. These designations are not handed out. They are earned. We are proud of our outstanding trauma team for earning this.”

“Trauma centers are vital community assets,” says Fran Laukaitis, MHA, BSN, FACHE, President, Methodist Charlton Medical Center. “We are honored to provide compassionate, quality healthcare to families in Southern Dallas County and the surrounding areas. The efforts that led up to trauma designation highlight how Methodist Charlton is working to provide the best possible outcomes for members of our communities.”

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated health care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Ten hospitals and more than two dozen Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are among the facilities served by the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. Additional information is available at

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.