Medical Center Hospital has been reverified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, 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. The Level III verification will run for three years. After being reverified by the ACS, MCH then received its Level III Trauma Facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services, a news release said.
“We serve as the referral trauma center for one of the largest land areas in Texas,” Julie McKee, Trauma Program Director, Medical Center Health System, said in the release. “As expected, we are thrilled to receive both our reverification from the American College of Surgeons and state designation as a Level III Trauma Center. This just continues to show our commitment to bring the best care to the injured patients of the Permian Basin and all of West Texas.”
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.