Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple trauma center verified again

- American College of Surgeons renews the elite recognition -

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital-Temple has been re-verified as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT).

"The American College of Surgeons’ verification as a Level I trauma center carries great importance, because it means saving lives," said Matthew Davis, MD, trauma medical director, Scott & White Memorial Hospital-Temple, and the trauma director for the Scott & White Healthcare system. "The ACS verification means we meet the highest national standards and can provide a ready team of specialists to respond to the most critical situations. That is important to us, and important to the patients and families that count on us during what is usually a desperate time in their lives."

The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does not designate 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. In Texas, the actual establishment and designation of trauma centers is the function of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Scott & White was first verified as a Level I trauma center in 2003.

The program review by the ACS is designed to promote development of trauma centers that 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 includes the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

"This successful Level I trauma center re-verification site visit from the ACS is also a statement of our commitment to patient care," said Scott & White Trauma Program Nursing Director Kelley Stowell, RN. "This verification represents a standard of excellence provided by all of our hospital. A trauma center is not just the emergency room; it includes all aspects of a hospital organization, from ambulance transport before arriving at the facility, through inpatient care and procedures, into care after being discharged. To be a Level I trauma center includes research and education, as well."

Scott & White provides community outreach and education for injury prevention activities with two full-time injury prevention coordinators. Scott & White also serves as the local lead member for the Safe Kids program, a coalition of area health care providers.  Safe Kids Mid-Texas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children age 14 and under.

Scott & White is one of just 17 Level I comprehensive trauma centers currently verified and designated in the State of Texas. Last year, Scott & White  Memorial Hospital-Temple had more than 83,000 patient visits; 2,100 of those were admitted into the hospital as trauma patients.

About Scott & White (sw.org)
Scott & White Healthcare is a non-profit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple, TX.  Among the leading health care systems encompassing one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group practices, Scott & White provides personalized, comprehensive and the highest quality health care enhanced by medical education and research.  Scott & White Healthcare includes 12 hospital sites, two additional announced facilities, more than 60 clinic locations throughout Central Texas and staff exceeding 13,000 (including more than 900 physicians and scientists and nearly 400 specialized health care providers). Get the latest news from Scott & White Healthcare by visiting our online newsroom, News blog or on Twitter (@swhealthcare).

 

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For more information, contact:

Scott Clark
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare
sdclark@swmail.sw.org

June 6, 2012


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