Level I Trauma Center in Southwest Michigan - Bronson Healthcare

The Level I Difference

Image of American College of Surgeons verified trauma center logo. In a health crisis, you want the most highly-skilled team available. Bronson Methodist Hospital has the only Level One Trauma Center in the region. This is the highest designation given by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The classification is based on an evaluation of medical outcomes, standards of care, professional development, advocacy and education.

Understanding the levels of care

Level I – A Level I Trauma Center is central to the trauma system. This level can provide complete care for every aspect of an injury - from prevention through rehabilitation. This includes:

  • 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

Level II – A Level II Trauma Center is able to start care for all injured patients. This includes:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
  • Tertiary care needs such as cardiac surgery, hemodialysis and microvascular surgery may be referred to a Level I Trauma Center.
  • Provides trauma prevention and continuing education programs for staff.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.

Level III – A Level III Trauma Center can provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations. This includes:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center
  • Provides back-up care for rural and community hospitals
  • Offers continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team
  • Involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities

Level IV – A Level IV Trauma Center can provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center. It provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients. This includes:

  • Basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory coverage. Available trauma nurse(s) and physicians available upon patient arrival.
  • May provide surgery and critical-care services if available.
  • Has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.

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