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NEWS RELEASE:  Beckley, WV --The trauma center at Raleigh General Hospital 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.

Allen Peters, President and CEO of Raleigh General said, " Level III Trauma status is an important designation for the community because it assures the residents of southern West Virginia that in the event of a serious injury or accident, they can count on being cared for by our experienced team of highly skilled surgeons, trauma nurses and other healthcare professionals. Attaining level III status is a tribute to the dedication of our staff and surgical specialists who insured that we met all of the rigorous standards set forth by the American College of Surgeons trauma verification guidelines. Our Level III trauma verification, along with services such as  da Vinci robotic surgery, Interventional Cardiology, the Spine Center are concrete examples of our commitment to bring together the best and most advanced services, technology, skilled physicians and nurses and other healthcare providers."

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 (see attachment to this press release). 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 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.

 

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