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SJMO Now Level II Trauma Center
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Verified By American College Of Surgeons As Level II Trauma Center

Designation Extends Hospital's Level of Care, Increases Treatment Options

Pontiac, Mich .—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's (SJMO) trauma center has been verified 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 and that SJMO has voluntarily met the criteria that improve the standard of care.

The Level II trauma center designation will give first responders, patients and the community increased access to highly specialized care during emergency situations. The designation will ensure that patients with severe injuries receive priority access to the full array of SJMO's resources, including in-house coverage for trauma surgery, anesthesia, critical care and radiology, as well as cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular and thoracic care.

“Level II trauma center verification enhances our leadership in patient care,” said Robert Robinson, MD, FACS, SJMO's Trauma Medical Director. “This designation means that we have met the stringent criteria set forth by the ACS to provide the highest level of quality care for injured patients.”

In addition to the trauma designation, SJMO has received many awards and honors for patient care, including national recognition as a Truven Health Analytics Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital and a Top Hospital designation for patient safety and quality of care by The Leapfrog Group. SJMO's orthopedics program has been recognized nationally and was awarded the Blue Distinction Center designation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

“St. Joe's provides patients with the highest levels of patient safety and quality,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “We are honored to be recognized for our world-class clinical care, expert physicians and quality outcomes. When minutes count, patients who come to St. Joe's for treatment of traumatic injuries can be assured that they will receive the best and most comprehensive care available.”

“SJMO has a dedicated trauma team of surgeons, specialists and medical personnel, who are available 24 hours a day to treat the most serious traumatic injuries,” added Alicia Kieninger, MD, Associate Trauma Medical Director.

SJMO's trauma center also provides injury prevention education through community outreach to schools, agencies and businesses. The hospital conducts community programs on car seat safety, fall prevention and injury prevention for patients on blood thinners.

Established by the ACS 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.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the ACS COT in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The ACS COT'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. 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.

The ACS 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 surgical patient. The ACS has more than 72, 000 members and it is the larges 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.