John Peter Smith gets ACS accreditation as a Level 1 Trauma Center


FORT WORTH — Some of the most seriously injured and ill patients will no longer have to be flown to Dallas or Lubbock for treatment now that John Peter Smith Hospital has been granted approval to become a Level 1 trauma center, allowing it to provide the highest level of emergency care.

The American College of Surgeons recently granted accreditation for the upgrade to Tarrant County’s taxpayer-supported public hospital from its current status of Level 2. Tarrant County had been the largest urban county in Texas without a Level 1 trauma center.

JPS is out County hospital, and by all accounts their attention to detail / patients has improved dramatically since last years’ multi-story expose in the Star Telegram.  They have to get State approval for something or other (having to do with billing), but that won’t change the way they operate, which is at a high level.

Kudos to them!


  1. Congratulations JPS! I heard the news on KERA’s local headlines this morning.

  2. Nice. Whereas in our neck of the woods we have one (count ’em, one) Level one for a four-state region. We see 110,000 patients and we’re level three!

    Around here, it is of course just the local politics. Must be nice, though.