Banner Health commits to creating trauma centers at all Valley hospitals by 2013
Banner Health facilities in the Valley will have trauma centers by 2013. Banner Health has committed to creating trauma centers of varying levels at every one of its Valley hospitals by 2013. This decision is voluntary but it will help ensure that trauma patients are better able to get the right care, at the right time, at the right place. The process will kick off this summer when Banner begins formally submitting applications to the state health department.
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.
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 are better able to get trauma patients to the hospital best equipped and staffed to care for those patients, ensuring faster and safer delivery of care to this patient population.
Decisions are still being finalized at some of Banner’s Valley hospitals as to what Trauma Center level designation they will initially seek, but 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.