Trauma Center Verified by American College of Surgeons

The trauma center at Mary Washington Hospital (MWH) has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. To date, Mary Washington Hospital is the only Level II trauma center in the state of Virginia to receive this prestigious verification. MWH joins an elite group of only two other Virginia trauma centers to receive ACS verification, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COTs 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 pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, such as education, professional development, standards of care and assessment of outcomes. The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does not designate trauma centers but, rather, provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients.

Mary Washington Hospital was designated a trauma center by the Virginia Department of Health in 2008. The MWH trauma center has cared for 2,330 trauma patients through 2011. Earlier last year, the MWH Emergency Department reconstructed their dedicated trauma treatment areas to better accommodate multiple trauma patients and to allow for instructional training for clinical staff and EMS personnel.

To view the listing of ACS Verified Trauma Centers, visit www.facs.org/trauma/verified.html.
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