State Designates Mercy Health Saint Mary’s as Level II Trauma Facility

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm
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Pictured: Nick Lyon, (left) director of Michigan Department of Community Health, congratulates Dr. Wayne VanderKolk and Sherri Veurink-Balicki, who received the designation plaque on behalf of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s on Dec. 15 in Lansing, Mich.

One of Only 20 Hospitals Designated as a Trauma Facility by State

On December 15, 2014, the Michigan Department of Community Health recognized Mercy Health Saint Mary’s as a Level II Trauma Facility, one of 20 specialized hospitals that became first in Michigan to be designated by MDCH as either Level I, II or III trauma facilities. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), in collaboration with partners in the healthcare community, has developed and operationalized a statewide trauma system to better serve residents with severe injuries.

Our sister hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, also received Level II Trauma Facility designation.

Designation is a status that is conferred by the MDCH on trauma facilities that have been verified by either the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma or by the State of Michigan.

To receive the trauma center designation, a hospital is required to have 24-hour availability of a team consisting of specially trained healthcare providers who have expertise in the care of severely injured patients. A trauma is defined as bodily injury caused by the application of external forces. According to MDCH, traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for people younger than age 45.

Nationally, the conversation about regionalization, making the most efficient use of resources, enhancing communication, categorizing facilities to facilitate decision making, continues to be integral to the healthcare discussion. The Michigan trauma system embodies the commitment to ensuring the right patient receive the right resource at the right time with a goal of reducing delays to definitive care and ensuring the best possible outcomes.

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