The Mohawk Valley Health System Trauma Center at the St. Elizabeth Campus in Utica was recently re-verified as a level III trauma center by the verification review committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for 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 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 healthcare systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.
“Our re-verification as a level III trauma center recognizes MVHS’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients and we are proud to offer exceptional trauma care to those within our community,” said Tracey Barone, trauma coordinator at MVHS.