St. Mary's Earns Level II Pediatric Trauma Verification|
St. Mary’s has been awarded verification as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). St. Mary’s is the first and only ACS-COT verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, making it the most comprehensive trauma program in the region. The ACS-COT verification is the gold standard for trauma program verifications.
This verification makes St. Mary’s the only combined Level II Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center in the region. “Pediatric trauma is the ultimate team challenge. St. Mary’s ability to consistently deliver a level of pediatric and adult trauma care worthy of verification by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is a testament to our commitment to the community,” said William J. Millikan, M.D, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Trauma Services. “It also reflects the dedication of the entire team providing trauma care including first responders, EMS, the physicians and nurses who provide early interventions at referring hospitals and St. Mary’s staff who provide care throughout the acute care and rehabilitation process. We embrace the privilege and responsibility that comes with this unique recognition and will continue to strive for excellent care of injured patients.”
Thanks to the resources committed to pediatric trauma care, 94 percent of injured children treated at St. Mary’s received all of their care locally at our facility with referral back to their home community for continued follow-up care.
ACS-COT verification requirement changes in 2006 resulted in additional criteria necessary for Pediatric Trauma Center verification. Confident in the pediatric trauma care we have always provided, St. Mary’s Trauma Services staff and others set forth to find an alternative pathway to receiving Level II Pediatric Trauma Verification.
This included collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, and their medical staff, including Dr. Denis Bensard at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent’s and Dr. Rich Falcone at Cincinnati Children’s. Drs. Bensard and Falcone have provided direct oversight of pediatric trauma care through real-time consultation and review of care. For more information on the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Pediatric Trauma Transformation Collaborative (PTTC), click here.
In August 2009, members of the ACS-COT visited St. Mary’s for an on-site review and were immediately impressed. The ACS-COT congratulatory letter stated, “We commend St. Mary’s for its demonstrated commitment to provide superior trauma care.” The Level II Pediatric Trauma verification is another first for St. Mary’s. We were the first hospital in the Tri-State to become a Level II Trauma Center for adults in 2005. This new verification further validates St. Mary’s dedication to providing exceptional trauma care to both pediatric and adult patients.
“Pediatric patients younger than 15 years old who are at risk for death or disability and therefore, are at risk for rapid deterioration in their conditions and/or may require early operation, should be considered for expeditious transfer to a Pediatric Trauma Center, where available,” according to ACS-COT guidelines.
We are extremely proud to announce there is now one available at St. Mary’s.