Franciscan Health Lafayette East Trauma Center Receives Level III Verification
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - The Franciscan Health Lafayette East Trauma Center has been verified as a Level III 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.
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 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 American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
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 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.
Franciscan Health Lafayette East's verification is good for three years. Franciscan Health Lafayette East was originally approved by the Indiana State EMS Commission to be considered an "in the process" trauma center on January 13, 2014.
"We are very proud of this verification," said Terry Wilson, president and CEO of the Western Indiana Division of Franciscan Health. "Our employees, physicians and surgeons in the Emergency, Surgery and nursing departments have worked very diligently on this process for several years."
"Caring for trauma patients requires highly skilled and competent professionals in every area of the hospital. The American College of Surgeons has strongly endorsed the excellent care this Trauma Center provides the people of Lafayette and our surrounding communities while recognizing we are a leading example of care for Franciscan Health across the state of Indiana," said John Francis, MD, general surgeon and trauma medical director.
"The surveyors were very complimentary of the care our physicians, staff and supporting departments provide for our patients at Franciscan Health Lafayette East," says Regina Nuseibeh, MSN, RN, AG-CNS BC, trauma program manager at Franciscan Health. "This verification supports our care of a wide variety of traumas and helps keep patients here in the community."
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 surgical 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.
By Matt Oates
Public Relations, Matt.Oates@FranciscanAlliance.org