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Aurora BayCare re-verified for Level II trauma

Monday, November 19, 2007

Aurora BayCare Medical Center has been re-verified as a Level II trauma center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes Aurora BayCare’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“People living in and traveling through northeastern Wisconsin should be comforted knowing that this level of expertise care is accessible here,” said Per Anderas, M.D., a general surgeon and medical director of the Aurora BayCare trauma program. “This process simply verifies that we are capable to treating all types of injuries and accidents with the appropriate care.”

Aurora BayCare first received Level II trauma verification in 2002. The recent verification will be reviewed again in 2010.

“I know nobody wants to think that a serious accident or injury will happen to them, but the reality is that thousands of people in northeastern Wisconsin require emergency and trauma care every year,” Anderas said. “The reviewers clearly said that if such an unfortunate situation happens to you or your family, Aurora BayCare is ready. They were very complimentary of our facility and program.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Verification/Consultation 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.

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 Patientmanual.

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does notdesignate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides a 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 four 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 (see attachmen to this press release). Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced trauma surgeons, 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 59,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the College in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

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Contact: Jay Faherty (920-496-6363)

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