Bronson Earns Level I Trauma Center Re-Verification
Bronson Methodist Hospital was recently re-verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Trauma Center. Level I is the highest ranking a trauma center can achieve. It means the entire hospital has committed itself to the care of trauma patients and has met high standards in both its experience and breadth of service for critically injured adults and children.
First verified as a Level I Trauma Center in 1989, Bronson Methodist Hospital has successfully met the stringent re-verification standards every three years since, and is now the only Level I Trauma Center in the region. Verification is granted only after a thorough on-site review that confirms the hospital is providing optimal trauma care.
A trauma is any life-threatening occurrence, either accidental or intentional, that causes injuries. Common causes of trauma include motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, knife and gunshot wounds and sport or recreational injuries.
Studies show patients treated at a Level I Trauma Center have the best chance of survival and recovery. Bronson staff work closely with community hospitals throughout the region to coordinate the safe, timely transfer of patients who require the expertise and resources available only at a Level I Trauma Center.
“Being the Level I Trauma Center for this region requires a deep commitment. Each year, Bronson invests many resources to ensure patients receive the best possible trauma and emergency care,” says Scott Davidson, MD, FACS, trauma medical director and trauma surgeon at BMH. “Our team works very hard to provide the high level of care the ACS requires and that our community deserves. We appreciate the trust and partnership we have with all area hospitals that refer trauma patients to Bronson Methodist Hospital. And, we could not do what we do without the exceptional work of EMS and emergency first responders who provide essential lifesaving care and transportation.”
Some of the criteria for being named a Level I Trauma Center include:
• 24/7 in-house coverage by general surgeons and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, pediatrics and critical care
• Referral resource for nearby hospitals
• Leadership in prevention and public education to surrounding communities
• Continuing education for providers and first responders
• Comprehensive quality assessment program
• Organized teaching and research to help direct new innovations in trauma care
In addition to the trauma center and emergency department at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, the Bronson Healthcare system provides comprehensive services for patients in need of urgent or emergency care at several locations in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties:
• Bronson Battle Creek Emergency Department at 300 North Ave., Battle Creek
• Urgent Care at Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center – Beckley Road at 5352 Beckley Road, Battle Creek
• Bronson FastCare at 5121 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage
• Bronson LakeView Hospital Emergency Department at 408 Hazen St., Paw Paw
• Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center Emergency Department at 13326 N. Boulevard St., Vicksburg
Bronson Methodist Hospital is also home to southwest Michigan’s only burn center and children’s hospital. Visit bronsonhealth.com/trauma for more information.
Photo: Bronson’s Trauma Surgery team includes l-r:
Sheldon Maltz, MD, FACS, MS; Mark Remmler, PA-C; James Kraatz, MD, FACS; Scott Davidson, MD, FACS; Jon Walsh, MD, FACS, MPH; and Elizabeth D’Angelo, NP