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Winthrop-University Hospital's Trauma Center Receives Verification as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
June 23, 2016

Winthrop-University Hospital Level 1 Trauma Team Winthrop-University Hospital staff members celebrate their recent verification as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Trauma Center has been verified as an adult Level 1 Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Winthrop’s Trauma Center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“As Nassau County’s only Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities, Winthrop is proud to receive verification as an adult Level 1 Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “This achievement signifies our ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of care to those who sustain serious injuries.”

“While Winthrop has always provided trauma care, this verification significantly raises the standards,” said Alex Axelrad, MD, Chief of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital. “I am proud of everyone who helped make this verification possible, it truly was a team effort.”

“This is a wonderful achievement for Winthrop-University Hospital, and a huge asset to the community,” said Barry Rosenthal, MD, MPH, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Winthrop. “All those involved in our pursuit of ACS Level 1 Trauma Certification should be congratulated. Our community should also know they will receive the best trauma care possible if the unfortunate need should arise.”

ACS Verified Level 1 Trauma Center

Established by the American College of Surgeons, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state healthcare systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

Winthrop’s Trauma Center includes a brand new, state-of-the-art, five-bed trauma receiving unit, with capabilities for managing all types of trauma including that requiring emergent lifesaving surgical intervention. The Center boasts 24-hour in-house coverage by trauma-trained surgeons, and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine and critical care.

For more information about Winthrop’s Level 1 Trauma Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.