West Chester Hospital Receives Verification As A Level III Trauma Center

West Chester Hospital has received verification as a Level III Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. A rigorous on-site review of West Chester Hospital’s trauma service capabilities was conducted by the ACS Committee in December of last year. The formal verification was presented to the hospital on March 4.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients.

This achievement provides confirmation that the WCH trauma center team has demonstrated its commitment to provide the highest quality trauma care to the community.

Through this accreditation, WCH has the ability to provide life-saving trauma care closer to home for people who reside within the northern Cincinnati region. In addition, some of those patients will be able to receive the full spectrum of care – as well as follow-up care – at WCH based on their level of injury. When a patient’s injuries are severe enough to warrant a higher level of care, WCH will partner with its sister institution, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the region’s only Level I trauma center.

“West Chester Hospital’s vision is to serve as the community’s quality health care partner and a regional leader in solving complex medical problems,” stated Kevin Joseph, president and CEO. “Verification of our trauma program is a critical component of achieving this vision. We are extremely proud of the WCH trauma team as well as all of our physicians and employees who supported this tremendous endeavor.”

Through this achievement, UC Health has moved from a single trauma center (UC Medical Center is the region’s only Level I trauma center) to a “trauma system,” thus expanding quality trauma coverage throughout the greater Cincinnati region.

Utilizing the very same, highly-trained specialist physicians which serve the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center, the

new West Chester Hospital program truly offers the most advanced medical care and service to the local community. In accordance with American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma guidelines, West Chester Hospital managed its trauma services program as a “provisional provider” for the past year and a half. As a result the hospital’s ability to consistently meet all requirements set forth by the ACS Committee for more than one year, the hospital was awarded formal verification as a Level III Trauma Center.

To learn more about the trauma verification process, visit the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma website at http://www.facs.org/trauma/.

The West Chester Hospital Trauma Team is pictured with hospital staff, AirCare and MobileCare, and the West Chester Township Fire & EMS Department.

The West Chester Hospital Trauma Team is pictured with hospital staff, AirCare and MobileCare, and the West Chester Township Fire & EMS Department.

This entry was posted in Press Releases. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.