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McLaren Oakland Receives Verified Trauma Center Re-verification and Announces 24/7 Onsite Trauma Surgeons beginning in January, 2019

Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The trauma center at McLaren Oakland has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS.  The achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. It means McLaren Oakland provides not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients, from the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The person with traumatic injuries is met by a large team of physicians and surgeons, specially trained trauma nurses, and other key staff so that care can be provided much more efficiently. “We are thrilled with the trauma re-verification results and will take this to the level by investing in a new trauma surgery group to provide onsite trauma surgeon coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning in January 2019.   The fellowship trained trauma surgeons will be in house providing real time patient assessments instead of a patient waiting for an on-call surgeon to drive in and assess the patient,” stated Margaret Dimond, PhD., President and CEO, McLaren Oakland. “The new in-house trauma surgeons have trained for surgery in critical care and will deliver the next level of care for the needs of our complex community.”

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 prehospital 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 Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT’s program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification.  Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

About McLaren Oakland
McLaren Oakland is a 328-bed medical center that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County community. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a full-fledged medical community that includes more than 300 physicians, an inpatient hospital with a range of services including cardiovascular care, cancer services, women’s health, minimally invasive robotic surgery, comprehensive orthopedic services, and a state-of-the-art Surgery Center. McLaren Oakland is also a verified trauma center and an accredited stroke center. To learn more, visit www.mclaren.org/Oakland

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Mich., is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, durable medical equipment services, retail pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the state. McLaren has 21,000 employees and more than 20,000 network physicians. Its operations are housed in more than 300 facilities serving a 54-county market and 75 percent of Michigan’s population. Learn more at www.mclaren.org.