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Portage Health reverified as state's only Level III Trauma program

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Note: This was originally posted on: 01/14/2010 

HANCOCK — Portage Health's Level III Trauma Center has been reverified by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, making it the only Level III Trauma Center in Michigan.

Trauma facilities are ranked from Level I, the highest level of trauma care available (for example, the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center) to Level IV. Marquette General Health System is verified as Level II. Portage Health is one of 39 verified Level III Trauma Centers nationwide.

Verification is voluntary and done at the request of the hospital. An on-site review of the hospital is conducted by a team of reviewers experienced in the field of trauma. Portage Health was initially verified as a Level III Trauma Center in September, 2007.

Trauma verification means that a Level III trauma facility must provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations and stabilization of patients; offer continuous, on-site coverage by emergency department physicians and prompt availability of general surgeons, anesthesiologists and orthopaedic specialists; have established transfer protocols for patients who require more comprehensive trauma care; demonstrate a commitment to trauma prevention and the continuing education of its trauma team members; and improves its trauma care through active review of trauma cases by a multi-disciplinary committee.

"Portage Health establishing itself as a Level III Trauma Center defies the myth that trauma victims in less populated areas are less likely to receive comprehensive care," said Dr. Wade Liston, Portage Health general surgeon and trauma program director. "This reverification validates the dedication of our trauma team in strengthening this program and our ongoing commitment to the citizens of the western Upper Peninsula."

Trauma is the number one cause of death among children and adults younger than 45 years of age, and the number four cause of death among all age groups. During 2009, Portage Health cared for 112 trauma patients. The most common cases involve motor vehicle crashes. Other trauma situations involve ATV and snowmobile crashes, and hunting accidents.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma's consultation and 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.

For more information on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma criteria or for a full list of trauma centers nationwide, go to

Note: This was originally posted on: 01/14/2010 

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