MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TRAUMA
CENTER RECEIVES VERIFICATION FROM
THE VERIFICATION REVIEW
COMMITTEE, AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAUMA OF THE AMERICAN
COLLEGE OF SURGEONS.
JASPER, IN --The trauma
center at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has been verified as a Level
III 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).
This achievement recognizes the trauma center's 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 prehospital phase
through the rehabilitation process.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that
ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the
American College of 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.
There are five separate categories of verification in the
COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a
facility seeking that level of verification (see attachment to this press release).
Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site
reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured
Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.
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. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest
association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the
ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate
for all surgical patients.