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Why Houston Needs More Level One Trauma Centers

Ben Taub Hospital has retained its “level one” trauma center status (meaning it has the surgeons, specialists and operating rooms to handle the worst of the worst injuries, at any moment). Houston Chronicle health reporter Markian Hawryluk shares with us why that status was initially threatened, and ultimately retained. Then Paige Phelps talks with Dr. […]

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Ben Taub Hospital has retained its “level one” trauma center status (meaning it has the surgeons, specialists and operating rooms to handle the worst of the worst injuries, at any moment).

Houston Chronicle health reporter Markian Hawryluk shares with us why that status was initially threatened, and ultimately retained.

Then Paige Phelps talks with Dr. David Persse, the Medical Director for the City of Houston Fire Department and Public Health Authority about why he thinks Greater Houston could use more level one trauma centers.

MORE:
Ben Taub Retains Level 1 Status (Houston Chronicle, Jan. 22, 2016)
Does Houston Have Enough Level 1 Trauma Centers to Handle a Major Crisis? (Houston Matters, June 4, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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