EORH Receives Level III Trauma Verification

Monday, July 26, 2010

The trauma center at East Ohio Regional Hospital has been re-verified as a Level III Center by the American College of Surgeons, Committee of Trauma Verification Review Committee.  This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality of care for all injured 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. East Ohio Regional Hospital earned the Level III Trauma Center verification this week and is the only local hospital in Ohio with this level of trauma verification. The next closest hospital with a trauma center is in Cambridge, Ohio. 

"Hospitals are community assets, and when disaster strikes, we have a mission to be front and center," said Dr. Robert Cross, trauma medical director at EORH. "This award proves that our hard work behind the scenes is paying off in positive ways."

To meet the standards for verification, EORH 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.

"The staff in the emergency department require 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 Marianne Bonomo RN, trauma program manager and nurse manager of emergency department. "The most prevalent injury we see at our emergency department is blunt trauma from motor vehicle crashes."

Trauma is a severe injury caused by physical force, such as a motor vehicle crash, a fall or a fire. Trauma is the most leading cause of death for Americans age 44 and younger. More than 140,000 people die from trauma-related injuries each year in the United States.

 "This verification is a result of our full commitment of resources and our highly specialized team of physicians, staff, and our local EMS who are dedicated to providing the best medical and surgical trauma care for the community," said Dr. Cross. "This re-verification is another example of East Ohio Regional Hospital's commitment to providing high quality care and exceptional health services to the people of our community."