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 War Memorial Hospital Earns Title of Level III Trauma Center
Sault Sainte Marie, MI –
War Memorial Hospital has earned the level of Title III Trauma center as announced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The ranking system for Trauma Centers has five levels, with level I being the highest. The ranking of Level III is the high- est possible ranking WMH was eligible for, and it was awarded for the maximum term length of 3 years.
MDHHS recognizes this important achieve- ment and the integral role of War Memorial Hospital in building a regionalized, coordinated and accountable trauma system in Michigan. ThereareonlytwootherLevelIIITraumaCen- ters in the UP – in Portage and Laurium. There is only one Level II in the Upper Peninsula locat- ed in Marquette.
“Our goal has always been to take excellent care of our patients and this is confirmation of our efforts to provide high quality care,” said WMH Trauma Program Manager, Patricia Hirt, RN. “This designation recognizes our commitment to support best practice in trauma care for our community,” Hirt added. “It’s a result of the continued dedication of the physi- cians and the trauma team members.”
To receive this designation, WMH’s Trauma
Team worked diligently for two years to meet the 250+ facility prerequisites and to put processes and training in place to meet the state’s rigorous requirements. “War Memorial has received the highest level available for our facility and the ranking was approved for three years, the longest term granted by the state,” states David Jahn, CEO. “We have developed an entire Trauma Division dedicated to focusing on all aspects of trauma care.”
Level III requirements include providing 24/7 Emergency Care and 24/7 Orthopedic and General Surgery Call. All physicians treating trauma patients at WMH are required to be board certified in their specific specialty. All ED providers and Surgeons must have taken ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) and all ED RNs are required to be current in TNCC (Trau- ma Nurse Core Course). Inpatient nurses also have received specific trauma training.
“Each patient is important to us. Our multi- disciplinary team of experts reviews each trauma case” states Dr. Paula Rechner, Trauma Medical Director. “Physician participation has been vital to our continued efforts to provide optimal trau- ma care and develop a comprehensive quality trauma program.”
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