University Hospital Receives High Marks for Trauma Center

University Hospital Receives High Marks for Trauma Center

Jul 10, 2007 6:00 PM

The trauma program at University Hospital has been verified once again as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Level I verification acknowledges University Hospital's full range of specialists and equipment available 24/7 to treat the most severely injured patients, its position as a referral source for communities in the five-state Intermountain region, and its commitment to trauma education and research.

University Hospital became the first nationally verified Level I trauma center in the region in 2001, and continues to request the voluntary evaluation to affirm its ongoing commitment to excellence in trauma care. The state of Utah has designated the hospital as one of only two Level I adult trauma centers in the state.

Stephen Morris, M.D., trauma program medical director, says the effort to meet and exceed national standards supports our efforts to improve outcomes and continuity of care.

"Verification by the ACS is a very important distinction for our trauma center," Morris said. "Our effort to continually achieve ACS verification reflects our staff's dedication to patient care and affirms we have the necessary resources to provide optimal trauma care to patients who come through the door of the Emergency Department."

The hospital's trauma service includes its emergency and radiology departments; operating rooms, surgical intensive care and post anesthesia care units; burn trauma intensive care; neurosurgical intensive care, inpatient rehabilitation services; and the AirMed medical transport program.

The ACS verification team cited a number of the program's strengths, including the facility itself, administrative support, excellent sub-specialty support, collegial relationships with the ED & surgical intensivists, rehabilitation services, anesthesia support, education for emergency and intensive care nurses, and the telemedicine services.

University Hospital is part of University Health Care, the only academic health care system in the Intermountain West. Offering services in more than 120 specialties, the hospital is consistently ranked as one of the country's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and sees more than 24,000 inpatient admissions and more than 30,000 emergency department visits each year. University Hospital provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States.

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Media contact:

Chantelle Turner, University Health Care Public Affairs (801)581-7387 chantelle.turner@hsc.utah.edu

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