News Release Date : 07/21/2014
St. Mary’s of Michigan Receives Re-Verification as Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
St. Mary’s of Michigan trauma program has been re-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.
St. Mary’s established its Level II Trauma Program six years ago and was the first ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center in the region. St. Mary’s Trauma team provides care for adult patients, serving the mid-northern counties of Michigan.
"We treat patients who have the most severe life threatening injuries,” said Samuel Shaheen, MD, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Trauma Center. "Our team of surgeons, physicians, nurses and technicians work with medical specialists from all aspects of care to provide the best possible care for the victim of injury. The teamwork between all members of the trauma team is what allows us to provide quality care to each patient.”
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.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.