06/19/2008

WVU Trauma Center receives Level 1 verification

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals’ Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center has been verified as a Level One trauma center by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Committee on Trauma.  The Center meets or exceeds all national standards set by the ACS for care of severely injured persons.

“Re-verification places WVU in a position of being a national model for rural trauma systems,” Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center Director Alison Wilson, M.D., said.  “Our employees can take pride in this accomplishment and our community can take comfort in knowing we’re prepared to care for thousands of injured patients each year.”

Of all trauma programs in the United States, approximately 100 receive ACS-verification. The WVUH Trauma Center treats almost 3,500 patients annually. Few nationally recognized Level One trauma centers serve a predominantly rural population. 

Last verified in 2005, the WVUH Trauma Center must seek re-verification every three years.  This year marks the first time ACS reviewed adult and pediatric programs independent of one another. Both were re-verified with no deficiencies.  In addition to the adult program’s Level One verification, the pediatric program was re-verified as a Level Two center.

“ACS has new guidelines for pediatric trauma,” Dr. Wilson explained. “Previously, centers such as ours were verified as a combined trauma program. Under the new criteria we proudly qualify as a pediatric Level Two center.”
 
The WVUH Trauma Center is one of only 21 verified Level 2 pediatric trauma centers in the United States.  To achieve re-verification for its adult and pediatric programs, the Center underwent a voluntary, on-site review in April by a team of experienced ACS trauma surgeons.

“Operating a trauma center 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year is a tremendous mission that involves everyone from administration, nursing staff, ancillary departments and physicians, to the rehab hospital,” Ramona Rodriguez, trauma program manager, said. “Every member of our team played a vital role in this process.  We would like to thank everyone whose efforts helped us to become re-verified.”

The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center was created in the 1980s with the assistance and support of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and is named for his grandson, Jon Michael Moore, who died as the result of an automobile crash.For more information on WVU Hospitals, visit www.wvuhealth.com

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
waughc@wvuh.com
cw: 06-17-08

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