Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinic’s Emergency Department recently passed a state survey to be certified as a Level Four Trauma Center. The certification is effective for three years.
“Achieving level four trauma certification means Moundview’s emergency room has demonstrated to state surveyors the ability to provide advanced trauma life support for injured patients,” said Don Heinz, Moundview CEO. “This includes evaluation, stabilization, treatment, diagnostics, and transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center when needed.”
“A trauma is a serious injury to a person’s body which could be the result of a motor vehicle accident, fall, injury from a weapon, or many other circumstances,” said Lisa Massen, RN, Emergency Department Manager. “This type of injury requires a higher level of care which our emergency room is able to provide. We have an advanced trauma life support certified physician on staff 24-hours a day. Our registered nurses are also trauma certified. Our radiology and laboratory services are available within 15 minutes or less, orthopedic surgeries are available Monday-Friday, and we have transfer agreements with other hospitals when patients need higher levels of comprehensive care.”
The state surveyors were impressed with Moundview’s trauma quality initiatives including the establishment of a hospital-wide trauma team, staff education, review of trauma cases by the ER medical director and manager, community education on injury prevention, and evaluation of Moundview’s patient care as compared to state standards on numerous quality improvement measures.
“As a rural hospital, one of our most utilized services is the emergency room,” said Heinz. “We see a large increase in trauma cases during the summer due to the influx of tourists and seasonal residents. Local and seasonal residents alike can be confident that they will receive good care at Moundview.”