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ETMC's scrub colors designate departments
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CROCKETT – While visiting ETMC-Trinity visitors might see an employee scurrying about in bright purple, red, teal, or blue scrub uniform and not realize there is much more to the color choice than just a daily wardrobe selection by the staff member. The ETMC Regional Healthcare System adopted a scrub uniform policy at the beginning of the year to help patients and visitors better identify nurses and other caregivers. “The color coding of the uniforms really makes it easier for patients to identify their caregivers. We have had a very positive response to the concept,” said ETMC Crockett Director of Nursing Carolyn Ramirez. The coordinated color schemes add continuity in the identification of each department within the hospital. Whether you are in an ETMC hospital in Tyler, Henderson, Trinity, Crockett or any other ETMC facility, the color scheme is the same. ETMC Auxiliary Junior Volunteer Presley Ellis has created adjectives to describe each of the colors of scrub uniforms at ETMC Crockett, reporting that nurses, including RN and LVN, wear a “tempting teal” scrub uniform, while employees who work in the laboratory wear “radiant red” topped with a white lab coat. Presley noted that technicians and therapists wear “rich royal blue” and imaging staff members are dressed in “brilliant black”. Members of the housekeeping staff wear “noticeable navy” and the dietary staff wears a “bold black and white”. The “prominent purple” uniforms are worn by patient care assistants, while employees in other services, including materials management, are outfitted in “bodacious brown”, Presley added. Members of the ETMC Volunteer Auxiliary wear teal colored smocks and Angelina College Nursing School students wear a slightly lighter purple scrub uniform. Becoming familiar with the colors of ETMC helps employees, patients, and visitors quickly identify staff members and their particular area of expertise within the ETMC Regional Healthcare System.