State of Michigan Designates Bronson Methodist Hospital As Southwest Michigan’s Only Level I Trauma Center

Published on January 30, 2015

State of Michigan Designates Bronson Methodist Hospital As Southwest Michigan’s Only Level I Trauma Center

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has designated Bronson Methodist Hospital as a state Level I Trauma Center. This is a new designation. It complements the national Level I Trauma Center verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) that Bronson has held since 1989.

Bronson Methodist Hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center in southwest Michigan.

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Level I is the highest ranking a trauma center can achieve. It signals that the hospital has an entire system of care in place to care for severely injured patients. This includes having a team of specially trained healthcare providers and extensive resources dedicated to providing trauma care 24/7. The criteria for state Level I designation mirrors that of the ACS and also requires the hospital to be re-evaluated every three years.

MDCH, in collaboration with partners in the healthcare community, recently developed and operationalized the statewide trauma system to better serve residents. A major component of the trauma system is the verification and designation of trauma facilities. MDCH will recognize hospitals in Michigan as Levels I, II, III or IV.

“Bronson is proud to be a partner in the development of Michigan’s statewide trauma system and to have earned a Level I designation from the state,” says Frank Sardone, Bronson Healthcare president and chief executive officer. “Bronson has been committed to providing the highest level of trauma care for those injured in southwest Michigan for more than 25 years. It is reassuring that there is now a designation system across the entire state to help emergency responders and residents get to the right care, at the right time, at the right place, thus ensuring the best possible care and outcomes.”

Bronson’s trauma team works closely with community hospitals throughout a nine-county region to coordinate the safe, timely transfer of patients who require the expertise and resources available only at a Level I Trauma Center. Bronson Methodist Hospital is also home to southwest Michigan’s only burn center and only children’s hospital.

Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for people younger than age 45. 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. Trauma centers work to reduce the incidence and severity of injury as well as to improve health outcomes for those who are injured. Studies show seriously injured patients treated at a Level I Trauma Center have the best chance of survival and recovery.

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