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Level II Trauma center verified for fifth time in a row
Start Date
10/29/2010
Article
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Trauma Center Receives Verification from the American College of Surgeons

The trauma center at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center for the fifth time by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The verification occurs on a repeating 3-year cycle. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients for the last 15 years.

“Trauma is one of the leading causes of death for all age groups in the United States,” states Dr. Maggie Brandt, a critical care surgeon and director of the trauma program at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. “It is the leading cause of death and disability for all Americans under the age of 45. Providing care for injured patients needs to be a priority, and we have made it such at St. Joe’s. Patients know when they are brought here following a traumatic incident, they are receiving optimal care.”

The Committee on Trauma’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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as defined by Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient, a book created and revised by the ACS-COT Verification Review Committee on a regular basis. These essential criteria include the specialized staff, equipment, training, and other resources necessary to provide immediate care to injured patients and to monitor their care and outcomes.

“St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor doctors and staff work tirelessly to provide the highest quality the trauma care,” explains Madonna Walters, a trauma nurse specialist at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. “This commitment to excellent care is underscored by this verification. We are pleased that the Committee on Trauma has again recognized the team’s hard work, and in the end it’s the patients who benefit.”

For more information about Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and it’s Level II Trauma centers in Ann Arbor and throughout the seven-hospital health system, please visit stjoeshealth.org.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

The College currently has approximately 77,000 members, including more than 4,000 Fellows in other countries, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world. There are presently more than 2,600 Associate Fellows.

Some Major Activities of the College:
· Sponsors a variety of continuing medical education programs, such as the Clinical Congress, to help surgeons keep abreast of the latest information on surgical subjects.

· Conducts various programs through its Commission on Cancer to improve the care of the cancer patient. Promotes a program that encourages hospitals to develop programs for optimal care of cancer patients and to seek, on a voluntary basis, College approval of these programs.

· Through its Committee on Trauma, works to improve the care of injured and critically ill patients--before, en route to, and during hospitalization. Conducts training courses in emergency care for ambulance personnel; sponsors courses for the management and prevention of injuries for trauma specialists as well as for physicians who do not treat trauma victims on a regular basis; and works to encourage hospitals to upgrade their trauma care capabilities. Maintains a voluntary verification/consultation program for trauma centers.

· Monitors and analyzes socioeconomic, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting the field of surgery through its Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, which is based in Washington, DC. Participates in policy development on these issues and prepares responses to Congress and federal agencies.

· Serves as a sponsoring organization for the Residency Review Committees for Colon and Rectal Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Urology. Supports postdoctoral education in surgery through several scholarship programs.
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