The Emergency and Trauma Center at CHI St. Alexius Health has been verified again as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). CHI St. Alexius Health has been a verified Level II Trauma Center since 1993. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s continued dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Established by the American College of Surgeons 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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
“Our experienced team of board-certified emergency physicians, highly skilled surgeons, trauma nurses and other health care professionals are available in the event of a serious injury or accident,” said Dr. Jon Solberg, Chief Medical Director CHI St. Alexius Health Emergency & Trauma Center. “This verification validates our Emergency and Trauma Center’s advanced capabilities and dedication to providing exceptional trauma care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in a timely, efficient and safe manner.”
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Revised Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.
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 and to improve the care of the surgical patient.