Bronson LakeView Hospital Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation

Published on March 05, 2018

Bronson LakeView Hospital Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation

Bronson LakeView Hospital has been designated a Level IV Trauma Center by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). This three-year designation recognizes the important role Bronson LakeView plays as part of regionalized, coordinated and accountable trauma system in the state of Michigan. The designation was awarded after an extensive review process and onsite survey.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition from the MDHHS. Thanks to dedicated work by Bronson LakeView Hospital staff and providers, we are now verified for our ability to receive trauma patients in our emergency department and initiate optimal lifesaving care” says Kirk Richardson, chief operating officer at Bronson Lakeview Hospital. “The Bronson Healthcare system is committed to providing the right care at the right time in the right place, and we are proud to offer this valuable service to those we serve in Van Buren County.”

Bronson LakeView works in partnership with local EMS providers, including Van Buren Emergency Medical Services, the not-for-profit ambulance company owned and operated by Bronson Healthcare, to ensure those living in Van Buren County receive prompt transportation to the hospital.

According to guidelines established by the American College of Surgeons, a trauma center’s ranking is measured based on the facility’s commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvements. As a Level IV Trauma Center, Bronson LakeView has demonstrated its ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center and has met strict criteria for:

  • Basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory coverage
  • Available trauma nurses and physicians upon patient arrival
  • Surgery and critical care services
  • Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I Trauma Center
  • A comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Prevention efforts and an active outreach program for referring communities

Rita Cox, system trauma program director at Bronson, and Andrea Allman, trauma medical director at Bronson LakeView Hospital, were both recognized by MDHHS as assets to the program. “We are proud to see our regional trauma system continue to grow,” said Cox. “Patients can confidently go to Bronson LakeView Hospital for trauma or emergency care knowing that Bronson’s trauma system and electronic health record connects them to all the resources they might need including the Level I Trauma Center at Bronson Methodist Hospital.”

Bronson Methodist Hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center in southwest Michigan, a designation it has held since 1989. As a regional referral center, it is home to southwest Michigan’s only burn center, only comprehensive stroke center and only children’s hospital. Across a nine-county region, Bronson Methodist Hospital serves as the hub of the system and coordinates the safe, timely transfer of patients who require the advanced level of care it has to offer.

To learn more about trauma and emergency services at Bronson, visit