Wishard-Eskenazi Health Trauma Center Re-Verified by the American College of Surgeons

Nationally recognized Level I trauma center at Wishard-Eskenazi Health has physicians, nurses, staff and systems in place to care for the most critically injured at any time

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, October 29, 2013 -- The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons has re-verified the Wishard-Eskenazi Health Trauma Center at Level I, the highest level of trauma care available. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
The Wishard-Eskenazi Health Level I Trauma Center is one of the busiest in the state, treating more than 3,000 patients each year. It became the first verified Level I trauma center in the state in 1992 and remains one of only two adult trauma centers in Indiana.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s Verification/Consultation 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 encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
“This national distinction is a reflection of the expertise of our physicians, nurses and staff in the multidisciplinary care that is provided by the trauma center at Wishard today, and at Eskenazi Health tomorrow. It is also an acknowledgment of the institution’s leadership in all aspects of trauma care, patient care, education, research and injury prevention,” said Dr. Gerardo Gomez, chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgical Services at Wishard-Eskenazi Health and director of the Wishard-Eskenazi Health Level I Trauma Center. “The Wishard-Eskenazi Health Trauma Center seeks national Level I verification every three years in our ongoing commitment to providing our patients the best chance of recovery after their injuries.”
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. There are five separate categories of verification in the Committee on Trauma's program (Level I trauma center, Level II trauma center, Level III trauma center, Level I pediatric trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center). 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.
A Level I trauma center, such as the Wishard-Eskenazi Health Level I Trauma Center, is a comprehensive regional resource that is central to the trauma system. Trauma centers verified at Level I are capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. Key elements of a Level I trauma center include 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine and critical care.
Level I trauma centers are committed to injury prevention, public education and continuing education of the trauma team members as well as continued improvement through a comprehensive quality assessment program and an organized research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.
In April, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County announced that the emergency department and the Level I trauma center would be named in honor of Michael and Susan Smith. The Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health and the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health will open December 7 at the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.