St. Mary's was the first hospital in the Tri-State to become a Level II Trauma Center for adults in 2005. We also became the first Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the region in October of 2009. The ACS-COT verifications are the gold standards for trauma program verifications, making St. Mary's the most comprehensive trauma center south of Indianapolis. St. Mary's is the only Level II Pediatric and Level II Adult Trauma Center in the region.
"St. Mary's re-verification as a Level II Adult Trauma Center confirms our commitment to traumatically-injured patients, not only in our community, but in the surrounding Tri-State area," said Dr. Stephen Lanzarotti, Medical Director of St. Mary's Level II Adult Trauma Center. "Trauma care at St. Mary's works because we utilize a team approach that is extremely effective and improves the outcomes of our 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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. 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 injured 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.