CCH Emergency Department Recertified as a Level III Trauma Center
The Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) Emergency Department has recently been recertified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Nebraska State Trauma Team. The Emergency Department at CCH has been a Level III Trauma Center since 2006.
For an organization to be designated a Level III Trauma Center, they must demonstrate the ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients as well as conduct emergency operations.
A Level III Trauma Center must provide:
• 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians.
• Prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
• A comprehensive quality assessment program.
• Developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
• Backup care for rural and community hospitals.
• Continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or trauma team.
• Prevention efforts and an active outreach program for its referring communities.
This recertification ensures that CCH’s Emergency Department is continuously working to evaluate its care through an established trauma performance improvement process.
To obtain the Level III Trauma Center designation, CCH collaborated with the Interdisciplinary Team, consisting of CCH departments, regional organizations and emergency medical services. Together, they reviewed trauma cases to examine the timeliness of the care CCH provided.
“It really is a team effort,” said Sue Deyke, CCH Emergency Department director. “This voluntary recertification could not happen without the wonderful support of our administration. They understand our ultimate goal is to get patients to the level of care they need as quickly as possible.”
For more information about the CCH Emergency Department, go to www.columbushosp.org.