Eastern Maine Medical Center has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center after a rigorous review by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
“Ultimately, our site survey in June was a great success,” explains Pret Bjorn, RN, EMMC’s Trauma program manager. “After a meticulous review of our application, patient records, trauma data registry, performance surveillance and improvement systems, and injury prevention initiatives, we received verification as a trauma center.”
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.
EMMC is the only trauma center serving the northern two-thirds of the state, and the team sees and treats all sorts of injuries from slips, trips, and falls to car and bike accidents.
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“This verification is a testament to the remarkable work of our Trauma team,” notes James Raczek, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at EMMC. “It’s important for the community and the region to have a trauma center so close to home. It gives them the peace of mind that, if they ever do need those services, we are here for them.”
“This is something to be proud of,” adds Amy Fenwick, MD, FACS, medical director of EMMC’s program. “This verification from the ACS reflects all the hard work and dedication put in by the entire trauma team. We now have seven full-time surgeons, seven physician assistants, a trauma nurse coordinator, nurses, a registrar, and ancillary staff. Our goal is to provide acute trauma care at EMMC and to coordinate with other hospitals to transition care to EMMC smoothly and efficiently. We also provide outreach and advocate for injury prevention. I also want to recognize the specialist providers for their efforts in helping to achieve verification. This was an outstanding effort by everyone involved.”
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