Trauma Center Receives Reverification
Provides Expert Trauma Care to Community
ZANESVILLE, OH (Aug. 29, 2017) – The Trauma Center at Genesis has been re-verified as a Level III trauma 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 continued dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
“The American College of Surgeons third consecutive review has verified Genesis Hospital as providing state-of-the-art trauma care. This achievement attests to the commitment by the Genesis administration, physicians, nurses, therapists and countless staff to providing expert trauma care to the community,” said Stuart Chow, D.O., medical director, Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Services.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s Consultation/Reverification 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.
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. 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 reverification. 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.
Members of the Genesis Trauma Center are left to right, Stuart Chow, D.O., medical director; Jane Kilgore, R.N., BSN, certified emergency nurse; and Brandi Alexander, D.O., assistant medical director.