St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center’s commitment to providing optimal care for injured patients.
“We are very proud of earning this recognition once again,” St. Luke’s Chief of Trauma Dr. Michael Stellmaker (left) said. “This distinction is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our team puts in day in and day out.”
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 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 the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
At St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center, a team of experts including physicians, surgeons, nurses, radiologists and anesthesiologists, is always at the ready. They are equipped to stabilize any patient. They can respond to a wide array of trauma cases involving interventional radiology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and more.
St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center also offers a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room, an intensive care unit and the da Vinci Surgical System, which lets physicians perform highly intricate procedures with less post-operative pain, fewer complications, decreased blood loss and shorter recovery periods.