Adult and pediatric trauma centers at Lutheran Hospital reverified as Level II
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Monday, July 27, 2015) – Lutheran Hospital today announced it has been reverified as a Level II Adult Trauma Center and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center through the American College of Surgeons Verification, Review, and Consultation Program. This achievement recognizes a trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Established in 1987, the ACS Committee on Trauma’s Verification, Review and Consultation Program 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.
“Offering Level II trauma centers for both adult and pediatric patients, Lutheran remains steadfast to providing the highest quality trauma care for our community and the surrounding area,” said Brian Bauer, chief executive officer, Lutheran Hospital. “Trauma care is often multifaceted and requires significant communication between many people. Our medical directors, doctors Donald Reed and David Smith, continue to guide Lutheran’s trauma teams with great skill. Also, I give credit to the many staff that tirelessly care for such patients.”
The support and open communication between first responders and physicians from across the region continues to be invaluable in maintaining Lutheran’s Level II verification for its adult and pediatric trauma centers. Both centers were first verified as Level II in 2009, and again in 2012.
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 59,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the College in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.