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January 31, 2013

Fisher-Titus Trauma Center Receives Verification as a Level 3 Trauma Center

eric-schmidt.jpgFisher-Titus Medical Center’s Trauma Center at has been verified as a Level 3Trauma Center by the Verification Review.

Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Fisher-Titus was first verified in 2009.

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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

A trauma center is a hospital which has the immediate availability of emergency department physicians, general surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, physician specialists, anesthesiologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, resuscitation and life support equipment, and operating rooms on a 24-hour-basis to care for severely injured patients.

"The commitment of our general surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, anesthesiologists and radiologists to be on-call 24/7, 365 days a year along with our highly skilled team of emergency department physicians and staff was critical to earning this designation,” said Patrick J. Martin, president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center. "The team is backed by our top-notch ancillary support staff and the latest medical technology to provide residents in our community and service area with the highest quality trauma care possible."

The ACS 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.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

Joseph-Centa.jpg"Level 3 trauma centers can provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency surgery, and stabilization and also arrange for possible transfer to a higher level trauma facility that can provide definitive trauma care. This assures patients are receiving the highest quality care throughout Ohio’s trauma system by experienced medical personnel at other verified trauma centers," said Dr. Eric Schmidt, a board certified general surgeon, who served as the chair of the Trauma Committee and medical director of the Fisher-Titus Trauma Program from 2009 to 2012. At the beginning of 2013, Dr. Joseph Centa, a board certified general surgeon, was appointed the medical director of the Fisher-Titus Trauma Program.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Emergency Department is specialized for the care of patients with acute illnesses and/or injuries. Fisher-Titus is Huron County’s only hospital certified by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) as a Primary Stroke Center and fully accredited as a Chest Pain Center through the Society of Chest Pain Centers, as well as verified as a Level 3 Trauma Center. In 2012, more than 27,000 patients were treated in the Fisher-Titus Emergency Department.

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 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.

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.