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One of Only Six in the State, CHI Health St. Francis Trauma Program Verified by College of Surgeons

The trauma program at CHI Health St. Francis has again been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

The St. Francis emergency department sees more than 25,000 patients from central Nebraska and northern Kansas every year. Six facilities in the state, including St. Francis, are verified trauma centers and with only three located west of Lincoln according to the ACS website.

"As a Level III Trauma Center we are continually reviewed to ensure the use of the best evidence-based practices for trauma care," says Ed Hannon, St. Francis president. "Our health care professionals participate in continuing medical education to learn the most advanced diagnosis and treatments and to offer education to first responders and critical access hospital staff to help raise the level of care offered across the region."
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.
"Maintaining quality trauma care, right here, close to home, is at the very heart of our mission," says Hannon. "We hope you never need emergency care, but know leading-edge care is available at St. Francis. And it’s proudly provided by our expert staff comprised of your friends and neighbors."

More about the ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program:

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification (see attachment to this press release). 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.

More about American College of Surgeons:

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 over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.