Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Medical Center has earned reverification as a Level I Adult Trauma Center, the highest category of trauma services, by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital has also been reverified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. The UVM Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center in Vermont, and shares this status with just 102 of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States.
Studies show that being treated at a Level I Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent. The UVM Medical Center admits approximately 1,300 trauma patients per year. It has been designated a Level I Trauma Center since 1994.
Verified Level I Trauma Centers must provide:
- Expert care for every aspect of injury from pre-hospital care through rehabilitation
- Immediate access to a full range of specialists and equipment 24 hours a day
- Treatment areas and operating rooms reserved for trauma cases
"We are proud of this verification, because it highlights the quality of our care as well as the work we’re doing to continually improve,” said Ajai Malhotra, MD, division chief of acute care surgery at the UVM Medical Center.
Additionally, Level I Trauma Centers have research programs, are leaders in trauma education and injury prevention, and serve as a referral resource for the surrounding area. Hospitals in the UVM Health Network hold joint quality meetings and collaborate to improve care and reduce duplication. For example, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh is working toward their Level III trauma verification with help and collaboration from within the UVMMC trauma program.
"By working together with our partner hospitals in Vermont and northern New York, we’re able to ensure that patients in our region can get the level of care they need, in the right place, at the right time," said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. Whalen, a former trauma nurse and a national trauma system expert, is the incoming Chair of the Board for Trauma Centers of America.
“Being able to provide life-saving care for our patients of all ages in their time of greatest need is so important,” said Dr. Kennith Sartorelli, division chief of pediatric surgery at the UVM Medical Center.
- Audio: Interview with Dr. Ajai Malhotra on the capabilities of a Level 1 Trauma Center
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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons, based in Chicago, is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has 71,000 members and is the largest association of surgeons in the world.
About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.
Source: BURLINGTON, VT – The UVM Medical Center 12.18.2017