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MRH Earns Second Straight, Three-Year Trauma Verification

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 – Middletown Regional Hospital recently earned its second straight, three-year verification as a Level III Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. MRH is one of only 14 Level III trauma centers in Ohio. This achievement recognizes MRH’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Trauma may include life-threatening injuries, such as those caused by car crashes, industrial accidents, firearms and other serious emergencies. Verified trauma centers must meet certain criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The verification program confirms that MRH has again demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients.

When a person is severely injured, time is critical. Transporting that patient to the nearest trauma center with the appropriate life-saving equipment and trained personnel can mean the difference between life and death, according to Douglas W. McNeill, president and CEO of Middletown Regional Health System.

Key elements of MRH’s trauma center include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by trauma surgeons and specialists in orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine and radiology
  • Agreements with Level I trauma centers for transfer of patients requiring tertiary care (specialized consultative care, usually upon referral from primary or secondary medical personnel)
  • Commitment to trauma prevention and to continuing education of trauma team members
  • Dedication to continued quality improvement in trauma care through a comprehensive process improvement program

"By earning this verification, we're once again raising the bar for patient care," said McNeill. "It confirms our ability and our commitment to provide the finest medical care possible for residents of southwestern Ohio."