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Atrium Medical Center Earns Third Straight Trauma Verification

Middletown, Ohio, January 5, 2010 – Atrium Medical Center recently earned its third straight
re-verification as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma. Atrium Medical Center has been recognized as a model Level III trauma program, and is one of four verified trauma centers in the tri-state region. This achievement recognizes Atrium’s dedication for providing exceptional care of injured patients.

Trauma may include life-threatening injuries, such as those caused by falls, car crashes, industrial accidents, firearms and other serious physical threats. Verified trauma centers must meet certain criteria that ensures 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 Patient manual. This is accomplished through an on-site survey by an experienced team of trauma surgeons from the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma.

“This trauma reverification demonstrates the strength and maturity of Atrium’s trauma program and our commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients,” explains Daniel Butler, MD, trauma program medical director at Atrium Medical Center.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’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 care through the rehabilitation process.

Key elements of Atrium’s trauma center include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by trauma surgeons and specialists in orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, and rehab.
  • Commitment to injury prevention in the community and to continuing education of trauma team members.
  • The incorporation of new technology to provide efficient, high quality patient care.
  • Convenience of location which has made Atrium Medical Center more accessible for surrounding emergency medical services.
  • Recognition by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma as a mature and model trauma program for other Level III Trauma Centers to emulate.

“When a person is severely injured, time is critical. Transporting a patient to the nearest trauma center with the appropriate life-saving equipment and trained personnel can mean the difference between life and death,” adds Dr. Butler.