EMSTAR at OVMC Receives Level II Trauma Re-Verification

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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The EMSTAR at Ohio Valley Medical Center recently received re-verification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level II trauma center – recognizing the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for critical emergency patients.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. OVMC earned the Level II Trauma Center verification late last month.

“Hospitals are truly the heart of communities, and when an emergency occurs, it is our mission to be front and center assisting our community in any way we can,” said Dr. Howard Shackelford, trauma medical director at OVMC. “By earning recertification through the ACOS, the Ohio Valley can rest assured the hard work happening in enhancing emergency care at OVMC is paying off in positive ways.”

To meet the standards for re-verification, OVMC’s trauma facility must provide prompt assessment and emergency operations and stabilization of patients by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, offer continuous on-site coverage by trauma surgeons, and demonstrate a commitment to trauma prevention while providing continuing education opportunities for trauma team members.

“Emergency room staff requires specialized training and certifications to care for our patient population and the facility follows guidelines and standards established by the American College of Surgeons,” said Maria Bires, trauma nurse coordinator. “We’re proud of our surgeons, physicians, and staff for all of their hard work in preparing for this recertification and their role in continuing to provide great care for those who turn to EMSTAR in times of emergency and trauma situations.”

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1600 employees providing the only comprehensive acute and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.


Photo Caption: Second row – This April, EMSTAR Emergency Services at Ohio Valley Medical Center received re-verification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level II trauma center – recognizing the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for critical emergency patients. Pictured from left to right are: first row: Cindy Butera, EMSTAR nurse and Carol Eddy, EMSTAR outreach coordinator. Second row: Doug Wagner, crucial care respiratory therapist, Dr. Howard Shackelford, trauma medical director and Maria Bires, trauma nurse coordinator.