Boston Medical Center Trauma Center Receives Re-Verification from the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
March 30th, 2004

Contact: Kristen Guillemette, 617-638-8491 | Guillemette, Kristen [Kristen.Guillemette@bmc.org]

Boston, MA – The trauma center at Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been re-verified as a Level-1 Trauma Center, Adult and Pediatric, by 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.

BMC’s trauma center is nationally renowned for its high-quality trauma service. As the largest and busiest 24-hour Level-1 trauma center in New England, the center’s staff cares for more than 2,000 patients annually from Boston, and its suburbs, including Eastern and Western Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands, as well as areas in Southern New Hampshire. Last year, more than 900 victims of motor vehicle collisions were treated at the trauma center.

Established in 1987, the COT’s Verification/Consultation Program is designed to promote the development of trauma centers in which participants provide the hospital resources necessary to address the needs of all injured patients. The Consultation Program is designed to help hospitals prepare for this endeavor. The Verification Program confirms that all criteria have been met.

In 1994, BMC’s trauma center became the first in Boston to be verified by the ACS. Since then, BMC continues to be the longest, continuously verified hospital in Boston, demonstrating exceptional competency in the entire spectrum of care required to address the needs of all injured patients.

Key elements of a Level-1 Trauma Center include 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons, and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, and critical care. Other capabilities include cardiac, hand, pediatric, microvascular surgery and hemodialysis.

“Boston Medical Center’s re-verification as an Adult and Pediatric Level-1 Trauma Center comes as a result of the ongoing institutional commitment at all levels of the organization,” said Erwin Hirsch, MD, Trauma Director at BMC and professor of surgery at BUSM. “It is also the embodiment of our mission to provide exceptional care without exception.”

BMC and its predecessor hospitals have been providing patients in Boston and New England with high quality patient care, medical education and research for over 140 years. The teaching hospital provides a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care in more than 70 areas of medical specialties and subspecialties.

The physicians, nurses and other health care professionals on the BMC trauma team possess knowledge and expertise in caring for patients and are supported by sophisticated technology to provide the highest level of care possible. BMC’s trauma expertise is also demonstrated by its role of providing medical control to the paramedics and crews for Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Boston MedFlight, regardless of the hospital that becomes the patient’s final destination.

Recognizing that trauma is a surgical disease that demands surgical leadership, the ACS established the COT, its oldest standing committee, in 1922. Since then, the COT has been working to improve all phases of the management of the injured patient and helping to prevent injuries before they occur.

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