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Sterling Regional MedCenter earns recertification in trauma care

 

STERLING, Colo. (Jan. 28, 2013) — Sterling Regional MedCenter has successfully completed its review for a Level III trauma center designation.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment conducted the site visit at the hospital Jan. 15. Sterling has been designated a Level III trauma center since 1998, and is one of two hospitals in northeastern Colorado to have that designation.

Designated trauma facilities must meet specific standards of care and maintain specific types of providers, staffing, resources, training, and protocols to manage critically injured patients. The review process assures a facility meets those standards, and introduces new or different ideas through ongoing contact with the trauma community.

A Level III trauma center provides initial evaluation and stabilization (surgically if appropriate) to the patient. Comprehensive medical and surgical inpatient services are available to patients who can be maintained in a stable or improving condition without specialized care. Emergency physicians and nurses are immediately available, and surgeons within 20 minutes, to assess, resuscitate, stabilize and start the transfer of a patient if necessary to a higher level of trauma care service.

The purpose of the trauma system is to improve the patient’s chance of survival by ensuring that the critically injured patient gets immediate medical and surgical care and transfer to the appropriate facility, if needed, in a timely manner.  Studies have shown that trauma patients treated at a designated trauma facility have better outcomes than patients treated at a non-designated facility even in rural areas. Colorado’s state trauma system has five Levels of designation.  Level I facilities are the highest and located in the Denver metro area. North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley is the closest Level II trauma center.

“Our employees are committed to providing the highest level of care for any patient who comes to the facility,” said trauma coordinator Connie Conour. She noted that the survey showed no areas of deficiency.

ABOUT STERLING REGIONAL MEDCENTER
Sterling Regional MedCenter has provided outstanding medical care to residents of northeastern Colorado and the surrounding area since 1938. We are a 25-bed acute-care hospital with state-of-the-art technology, a full range of health care services, and a staff dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care. We are also home to the David Walsh Cancer Center, which offers an unprecedented level of cancer care to northeastern Colorado residents. Visit www.bannerhealth.com/Sterling for more information about services offered at the hospital.

ABOUT BANNER HEALTH
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