Archive for March, 2019

March 26, 2019

CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital Re-verified as Level II Trauma Center

Bryan, TX, March 26, 2019 – The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) has re-verified CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital as a Level II Trauma Center. This achievement recognizes CHI St. Joseph Health’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Established by the ACS in 1987, the COT’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers like CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital must meet the essential criteria that ensures trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ACS COT. The ACS COT’s verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather the program provides confirmation and verification that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and designation of trauma centers is the function of the state.

“Our hospital continues to offer the highest-level Trauma Center in our immediate nine-county area, providing comprehensive care for every type of injury and continuing care from prevention to rehabilitation,” said CHI St. Joseph Health CEO Theron Park. “Our team continues to deliver the highest standard of care here in our community.”

Offering access to the most experienced trauma team in the region, the Regional Hospital Emergency and Trauma Center is backed 24/7 by trauma surgeons and specialists in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, facial and plastic surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, critical care and other specialties. The trauma program is also one of only a handful nation-wide that operates both a ground and air ambulance service through CHI St. Joseph Health AirMedical, providing seamless coordination of care.

About the ACS: The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and is the largest association of surgeons in the world.

About CHI St. Joseph Health: CHI St. Joseph Health was the first designated trauma center in our area. It also offers the region’s first Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation accreditation from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, the highest accreditation offered by these credentialing agencies. CHI SJH has also offered an Advanced Primary Stroke Center since 2007 and is the region’s only provider of endovascular treatment, meaning the stroke team is able to treat patients within a larger window of time following onset of symptoms. The Heart Failure and Coumadin Clinic supports heart patients in follow-up and urgent care and provides tools and resources to assist patients in their transition from the hospital to home.

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March 26, 2019

Elizabeth Suarez, M.D., Recognized as an IRM Certified Practitioner by The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Certification Program

Bryan, TX, March 26, 2019—CHI St. Joseph Health is pleased to announce Elizabeth Suarez, M.D., as a member of the May 2018 graduating class of The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioners.

As an IFM Certified Practitioner of The Institute of Functional Medicine’s Certification Program (IFMCP), Dr. Suarez is uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic diseases. In order to achieve the designation of IFM Certified Practitioner, Dr. Suarez has completed seven training seminars and passed stringent written and case study evaluations.

Of total healthcare costs in the United States, an estimated 86% are spent on chronic conditions. The current healthcare system is designed to treat urgent medical problems, also known as “acute” conditions. However, chronic and lifestyle-related diseases cannot be treated successfully using the same approach.  What works is an individualized approach to patients—with an emphasis on the ways our environment and lifestyle choices interact with our genes. Functional Medicine is an innovative approach to medical care. It uses the latest medical research to develop personalized care for each patient, based on his or her unique environment, lifestyle, and genes. The result is a dynamic, effective way to address chronic disease.

Dr. Suarez joins an elite group of more than 800 practitioners who are certified through IFM’s Certification Program.

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About The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM): IFM is the global leader in Functional Medicine. The mission of IFM is to serve the highest expression of individual health through the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine. For more information about IFM, please visit

Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web. For more information about Functional Medicine, please visit

About CHI St. Joseph Health: Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is the healthcare leader in the Brazos Valley. The hospital system is faith-based, not-for-profit and committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of four hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit

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