Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital receive national trauma verifications from the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee of Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Palmetto Health Richland, the only Level I trauma center in the Midlands, receives re-verification. Level I designation is the highest designation for trauma centers by the ACS and the state of South Carolina. Verification is completed every three years. As a Level I trauma center, Palmetto Health provides valuable experience with a team of experts that are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the highest level of trauma care.
“Being a Level I trauma center for this region requires a deep commitment. Each year, Palmetto Health invests many resources to ensure patients receive the best possible trauma and emergency care,” said Mark Jones, M.D., trauma medical director and trauma surgeon. “Our team works very hard to provide the high level of care the ACS requires and that our community deserves.”
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was verified as the first Level II ACS Pediatric Trauma Center in South Carolina. “This demonstrates our commitment to providing the best care for pediatric trauma patients and verifies our Pediatric Trauma Center as a Center of Excellence,” said Amanda Felder, RN, pediatric program manager, Pediatric Trauma Services.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ACS Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
Established by the ACS Committee on Trauma in 1987, the consultation/verification program is designed to promote the development of trauma centers in which participants provide the hospital resources necessary to address the trauma needs of all injured patients.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).