Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Trauma Services Achieve Verification From National Association

April 24, 2013

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital has been verified as a Level II-Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT).

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, 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.

Trauma Center verification is voluntary and demonstrates that the hospital meets criteria that improve the standard of care as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma’s current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. The site visit confirms that a center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of trauma care for all injured patients.

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital has been caring for injured patients for decades. However, processes to provide more structured care – including having trauma surgeons on site 24/7 – were implemented in September 2010. These processes were critical in the journey toward the voluntary review that was conducted recently at the hospital by surveyors for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

“While we have been providing exceptional trauma care to patients for some time, this verification lets our patients know that the care we are providing is at a standard recognized across the country,” says Peter Lopez, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services. “We are held to strict performance standards. I am extremely proud of the people and the resources we have dedicated to make sure our community members are getting outstanding care when they come to us.”

Trauma verification also supports the work that has been ongoing to provide exceptional care to patients who come in with life-threatening events such as heart attack or stroke.

With an accredited Chest Pain Center, Henry Ford Macomb’s “door to balloon” time leads the region at an average of 52 minutes. The national gold standard is 90 minutes from the time a patient enters the Emergency Department until they receive angioplasty to open a blocked artery.

As a Joint Commission accredited Primary Stroke Center, Henry Ford Macomb administers the clot-busting drug IV t-Pa in 8 percent of appropriate patients – a rate twice the national average. The stroke program has repeatedly gained recognition from the American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” program for overall care of stroke patients from the ED through discharge.