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Banner Health announces plan to create trauma centers at its Valley hospitals


PHOENIX (June 18, 2012) -- Banner Health has announced plans to create trauma centers of varying levels at its Valley hospitals, a decision that will help ensure that trauma patients are better able to receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System recently established criteria and standards for designating trauma centers as Level I, II, III or IV, based on a hospital’s resources and capabilities. Designation as a Level I Trauma Center requires the most resources and capabilities, providing total care for every aspect of injury, while designation as a Level IV means the facility is capable of handling the least serious traumatic injuries and has procedures in place to quickly transfer patients requiring a higher level of care to a higher level facility.

While participation is voluntary,  Banner Health has committed to taking a leadership role by making the necessary investments to create trauma centers of varying levels at all of our Valley hospitals. The process will kick off this week when Banner Health formally submits applications to ADHS for Trauma Center level designations at two of its Valley hospitals: Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa (to seek a Level III designation) and Banner Estrella Medical Center in west Phoenix (Level IV).

As the leading provider of emergency services in the Valley, Banner Health’s decision to create an integrated trauma network will help ensure that emergency responders take trauma patients to the hospitals that are best equipped and staffed to care for those patients, ensuring faster and safer delivery of care to this patient population.

In many cases, trauma patients will now be able to get the care they need closer to where the injury occurred, likely leading to improved outcomes.

“That’s really the most exciting part of this initiative,” said Tracie Newman, who is leading this work. “It enhances our ability to deliver excellent patient care.”

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center will remain Banner Health’s only Level I hospital. In fact, Banner Good Samaritan was recently re-verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as an ACS Level I Trauma Center. 

About Banner Health
Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country with 37,000 employees and 23 hospitals in seven western states, including nine acute care hospitals in the Phoenix metro area.

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