Bronson Methodist Hospital Re-Verified as Southwest Michigan’s Only Level I Trauma Center
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Published on January 18, 2022

Bronson Methodist Hospital Re-Verified as Southwest Michigan’s Only Level I Trauma Center

Verified Trauma Center Logo KALAMAZOO, Mich. – 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 ever since, and is the only Level I Trauma Center in the region. Verification is granted only after a thorough review that confirms the hospital is providing optimal trauma care. A Level I Trauma Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation.

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.

“The successful completion of any accreditation is borne from a “village mentality”, in this, team spirit is the key ingredient that leads to ultimate success,” says Oreste Romeo, MD, FACS, trauma medical director and surgeon at Bronson Methodist Hospital. “This Level I Trauma recognition for upholding the standards of excellence of the American College of Surgeons is especially meaningful as it required all of us coming together and continuing to deliver exceptional care through the difficult times of these unanticipated years of pandemic. It is a credit to our staff’s commitment, resilience and Positivity.”

Some of the stringent criteria for being named a Level I Trauma Center include:

  • 24-hour 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, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric and critical care.
  • Referral resource for communities in nearby regions.
  • Provides leadership in prevention, public education to surrounding communities.
  • Provides continuing education of the trauma team members.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.
  • Operates an organized teaching and research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.
  • Program for substance abuse screening and patient intervention.
  • Meets minimum requirement for annual volume of severely injured patients.

In addition to the trauma center and emergency department at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Bronson Healthcare provides comprehensive services for patients in need of urgent or emergency care at several locations in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties:

Bronson Methodist Hospital is also home to southwest Michigan’s only burn center and children’s hospital. Visit bronsonhealth.com/trauma for more information.


About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org

Photo of Bronson Methodist Hospital Emergency Department.