The trauma center at Mercy Health Muskegon Hackley Campus has received re-verification 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). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
“Maintaining our Level II Trauma designation means we will continue to provide the highest level of coordinated and comprehensive clinical care for trauma victims along the lakeshore,” said F. Remington Sprague, M.D., chief medical officer for Mercy Health Muskegon. “Michigan’s trauma system requires each hospital to attain a trauma level designation and directs trauma victims to the appropriate level of care. We are extremely proud of the trauma team and the services they provide to our community.”
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.
“Traumatic injury is the No. 1 cause of death for people ages one to 44 years,” said Heather Ruffin, RN, BSN, trauma program manager, Mercy Health Muskegon. “Having an established and verified Trauma Center in the community can decrease the mortality from traumatic injury, the complications that arise, and the financial burden – not only for the health care system to treat this patient population, but also the burden to the patient in the loss of productivity and income during their recovery,”
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.