D+ Health Care Environment - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

D+ Health Care Environment

Earlier this month, the American College of Emergency Physicians gave each state a report card on their emergency care environment.  The study was about how each state's environment affects their emergency healthcare.

Texas did not do very well. Texas received a D+ plus overall and F's in three out of five categories.  One of the failing grades came in Access to Emergency Care.  The report states Texas has one of the worst rates of health insurance for adults and children.  Doctor John Hilmi, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at United Regional, said it is very alarming that a lot people don't have proper medical insurance.

Texas didn't only receive an F in Access to Emergency Care based on health insurance rates. The state's population has been growing and medical centers haven't been able to keep up.  However, United Regional has not had that problem.

"If you look at the population of Wichita Falls it's been fairly steady state for quite a while, but we've been very proactive. We've recruited 7 emergency care physicians over the last four years. We are fully staffed, which is what a lot of emergency rooms cannot say," said Dr. Hilmi.

Even if a hospital's emergency rooms are great, patients still have to get there to be treated.  Texas scored an F for Quality and Patient Safety, which includes emergency medical services.  Most EMS have a very large area to cover.  United Regional coverage area extends 75 miles from the hospital.

"If it is a major a car accident or something like that. They will helicopter the patient into [United Regional]," said Dr. Hilmi.

The improvements to EMS doesn't end there.  Dr. Hilmi said they have the technology to send and electrocardiogram from the patient in the field to the hospital.  This allows the hospital to prep for the patient before they actually arrive.  It also allows the hospital to treat the patient even faster.

Texas also scored an F in Public Health and Injury Prevent and in Quality and Patient Safety.  However, Texas didn't fail at everything. It scored an A in Medical Liability and a C in Disaster Preparedness.  All of the registered nurses at United Regional receive disaster training in their specific field.  To see the complete report click here.

James Parish, Newschannel 6

 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Offensive draft early, QBs prized after Garrett is No. 1

    Offensive draft early, QBs prized after Garrett is No. 1

    Friday, April 28 2017 2:31 AM EDT2017-04-28 06:31:15 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 2:31 AM EDT2017-04-28 06:31:15 GMT

    No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns.

    No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns.

  • Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

    Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

    Friday, April 28 2017 1:18 AM EDT2017-04-28 05:18:00 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 1:18 AM EDT2017-04-28 05:18:00 GMT

    Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon...

    Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon authorities.

  • U.S. Air Force facing fighter pilot shortage

    U.S. Air Force facing fighter pilot shortage

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:13:05 GMT
    A big issue for the Air Force has been pilot retention.A big issue for the Air Force has been pilot retention.

    For nearly a year the U.S. Air Force has been battling a shortage. Just last year the Air Force was short 750 fighter pilots and now they’re doing everything they can to keep that number from rising. One of the sources to this pilot shortage has been commercial airlines, who are facing their own shortage

    For nearly a year the U.S. Air Force has been battling a shortage. Just last year the Air Force was short 750 fighter pilots and now they’re doing everything they can to keep that number from rising. One of the sources to this pilot shortage has been commercial airlines, who are facing their own shortage

Powered by Frankly