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McLaren Port Huron earns state designation as a Level III trauma center

Published on Monday, August 01, 2016
Port Huron, Mich. –The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has designated McLaren Port Huron as a Level III trauma center. A trauma center classification means the hospital has 24-hour availability of a team consisting of specially-trained health care providers who have expertise in the care of severely injured patients.

“This designation gives us capabilities to care for a wider range of serious emergencies,” said Jennifer Montgomery, McLaren Port Huron president and chief executive officer.

“It means exceeding national standards for trauma care staffing, injury prevention and quality improvement. When EMS calls, our trauma team is activated and ready to provide the best available care when the ambulance arrives.”

McLaren Port Huron is the first health care facility in St. Clair County to be accredited as a Level III trauma center. As such, it raises the level of care the hospital offers to the community. McLaren Port Huron also is seeking trauma center certification this year from the American College of Surgeons.

“We are advancing to meet the growing health care needs of our community,” Montgomery said. “We do it because providing the highest quality patient care experience has always been at the core of what we do.”

As the American Trauma Society indicates, a Level III trauma center provides prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

More specifically, Level III trauma centers provide:
•    24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists
•    A comprehensive quality assessment program
•    Transfer agreements for patients requiring care at Level I or Level II trauma centers
•    Back-up treatment for rural and community hospitals
•    Ongoing education of the nursing and allied health personnel and the trauma team
•    Prevention efforts and an active outreach program for its referring communities

Each year, more than 177,000 trauma-related deaths occur in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Trauma patients treated at trauma centers have a 25% overall lower risk of death. In St. Clair County, falls involving fractured hips and motor vehicle accidents account for the majority of traumatic injuries.