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Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Level I Trauma Center Receives National Verification

December 20, 2017

The American College of Surgeons has reaffirmed MIHS’s status as the only Trauma Center in Arizona nationally verified to provide adult and pediatric trauma services. 

After an extensive review, the ACS announced it has reverifed MIHS as a Level I adult and Level II pediatric Trauma Center.

“This reverification shows our commitment and dedication as a Trauma Center to the public we serve,” said Sydney Vail, MD, FACS, MIHS Trauma Director. "As a nationally-recognized ACS trauma center, our patients and families know we provide the highest levels of care."

“I am proud to lead the team of amazing people that are ready 24/7/365 to treat every and any injury, both pediatric and adult, and we remain the only Trauma center verified and certified to do that,” Dr. Vail said.

The verification process is voluntary, and confirms that a hospital has demonstrated its ability to provide all necessary resources for trauma care for all injured patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meeting the national guidelines set by the American College of Surgeons. Level I status is the highest level of recognition and verifies that in addition to providing all of the necessary services, it also has a training program and actively conducts research on trauma.

MIHS's trauma services were thoroughly evaluated using ACS guidelines, where more than 200 standards related to trauma resources, care processes, and continuous performance improvement were met. 

MIHS’s Trauma Centers were verified by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of ACS. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT'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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

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 does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

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