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Froedtert re-verified as Level 1 Adult Trauma Center

July 01, 2013 College News - The Froedtert Hospital Trauma Program has been successfully re-verified as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Since 1997, Froedtert Hospital has served the community by being the leader in trauma care for Southeastern Wisconsin and its surrounding area, but also within the state. Froedtert Hospital Trauma Center provides care for more than 3,000 trauma patients annually.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the 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. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criterion that ensures trauma care capability and institutional performance.

The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification 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 the Wisconsin state health care systems. A Level 1 status means you provide the highest level of care, with 24/7 in house coverage for trauma surgery/emergency care/OR and have available all areas of specialty service. Research is an essential requirement for a Level 1 center in providing the best practice standards for optimal care of the injured patient.

In April, an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers conducted a two-day review of our facility. Multiple areas of the hospital were reviewed. Care of the patient from the pre-hospital setting, trauma room, OR, SICU, inpatient, and rehabilitation were evaluated. Special recognition was given for the outstanding leadership of Dr. John Weigelt, trauma medical director, along with acknowledgement of key individuals: Dr. Karen Brasel, Dr. Chris Decker, Dr. Greg Schmeling, Dr. Grant Sinson, Dr. Olga Kaslow, Dr. Richard Christenson, Dr. David Del Toro, and Annette Bertelson, Trauma Program Manager, and her staff in the Trauma Program.

Additional individuals from Trauma Surgery, Trauma Program staff, Emergency Medicine & nursing departments, SICU, NICU, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, PM & R, Radiology, Anesthesia, OR, Lab, Department of Surgery Leadership and Hospital Administration are to be thanked for their support and involvement in the program and verification process.

Of special distinction, this is the sixth review of our Level I Trauma Program. We have always been found to be in compliance with the standards that are present in the resources for optimal care of the injured patient. This last review indicates that we once again are providing optimal care to our community’s injured patients. Our Level I Trauma Program is a resource that cannot be found in all communities our size. We are proud to serve in this capacity.

If you would like further information about the program or the survey please feel free to contact Annette Bertelson, Trauma Program Manager, 805-8631.

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