Unit cares for the most critically injured patients from Midlands and 16-county surrounding area
Palmetto Health has opened its new Raymond P.H. Bynoe, MD, Surgical Trauma Unit (STICU). The new unit, named after prominent trauma surgeon Raymond P.H. Bynoe, MD, who led the Trauma team at Palmetto Health Richland for nearly 20 years, will continue the hospital’s legacy of caring for the most severely injured patients in the Midlands and 16-county surrounding area.
From 2016-17, the Trauma Center, the only Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands, cared for more than 3,600 trauma patients. The Center also has the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified Level I Trauma Center designation, the highest ranking status a hospital can achieve. Trauma team services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team.
The new STICU at Palmetto Health Richland’s Trauma Center was funded with the help of community donors through Palmetto Health Foundation. The center will be the most technologically advanced ICU in South Carolina. The new private room, 18-bed STICU will have several features designed to promote the healing of its patients. Those features include:
Palmetto Health Richland has an interdisciplinary team composed of trauma and specialty surgeons, emergency medicine and other specialty physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and other health care professionals to provide total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. Mark Jones, MD, Trauma medical director and trauma surgeon, believes the new unit helps this dedicated team of professionals.
Jones said, “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. Being able to have this new unit to work in helps us improve because we will have access to newer technologies that address the latest in trauma care and promote healing. Our team works very hard to provide a high level of care that our community deserves.”
The unit was named the Raymond P.H. Bynoe, MD, Surgical Trauma Unit because of Bynoe dedicating his professional life to Palmetto Health Richland’s Level I Trauma Center. Bynoe’s tireless efforts, unwavering commitment and passion for helping others were instrumental to the Trauma Center’s verification by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I in 2013. Board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and a practicing physician with the University of South Carolina Department of Surgery and Palmetto Health Richland since 1979, Bynoe served as the Trauma medical director at Palmetto Health Richland from 1996-2014. During his tenure, he collaborated with other leaders in the state to develop the South Carolina Trauma Care System and was a founding member of the South Carolina Trauma Advisory Council. He is known to countless patients, families, team members and the community as not only a caregiver but also a teacher, mentor and friend.
Jay Hamm, Palmetto Health Richland chief operating officer, who was previously part of the Trauma team as a registered nurse, is pleased that the unit is named after Bynoe. He says, “There is no one more deserving of this honor. We all have seen Dr. Bynoe give so much back to this community and to the patients and their families in this unit. The naming of the unit after him is a reminder to everyone who provides care there of his compassion and unwavering commitment to our patients and to the high standard that he has set for everyone.”
In addition to providing care for patients, Trauma Services also offers a variety of programs to address injury prevention for people of all ages. Programs include:
For more information about the Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center and its programs, visit PalmettoHealth.org/Trauma. If you are interested in celebrating Bynoe’s legacy and supporting the Trauma team through a donation, call Palmetto Health Foundation at 803-434-7275 or visit PalmettoHealthFoundation.org.