BAY SHORE, NY --The trauma center at Southside Hospital has been verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) verification committee, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today. Southside Hospital is the first ACS Level II verified trauma center on Long Island and in New York State. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's commitment to providing high-quality service, excellence and optimal care for all patients.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s (COT) 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 pre-hospitalization phase through rehabilitation. A major requirement for both level I and level II trauma centers is the presence of a trauma surgeon at the bedside within 15 minutes of the patient’s arrival. To ensure this standard of care is met, Southside Hospital has had 24/7 in-house trauma teams in place since January, 2013.
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 Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. 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.
“Being recognized as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons affirms all of the hard work and diligence that the trauma staff, as well as all of the staff members at Southside Hospital, does to create great care for our patients every day,” said Michael Grossman, MD, director of acute care surgery at Southside Hospital. “The clinical capabilities of a level II trauma center are virtually the same as a level I trauma center. As of July 1, 2014, Southside Hospital has now established an active residency and research program. The residency and research program are the only additional criteria that separate level I and level II centers.”
For more information contact Angela Scimone, RN, trauma program manager at (631) 675-4506.