WYANDOTTE – Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, with one of the busiest emergency departments in Michigan, has been recently verified as a Level III trauma center.
The designation, made by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Committee on Trauma (COT), follows a lengthy process for the hospital to establish and meet guidelines, followed by evaluation by ACS trauma surgeons to determine whether the criteria for optimal care of injured patients were being met.
Level III trauma centers can provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations and stabilization. The designation is for a three-year period.
“Our designation as Level III trauma center recognizes our growing value to the community,” says Fadi Baidoun, M.D., trauma medical director at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. “We have relentlessly worked to achieve this honor and are proud of what it means to our patients.”
Elements of Level III trauma centers according to the American Trauma Society include:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
- A comprehensive quality assessment program
- Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
- Back-up care for rural and community hospitals.
- Continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team.
- Involvement with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.
Last year, the trauma center at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital handled more than 95,000 patient visits.
It was announced last month that Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2015 by Healthgrades. Only 100 of the nation’s more than 4,400 hospitals received this distinction for clinical quality.
About Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, is a 401-bed acute care hospital that serves the Downriver region and surrounding communities of southeast Michigan. More than 600 primary care physicians and specialists are affiliated with the hospital. Its areas of medical excellence include bariatric surgery, cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, robotic surgery and women’s health. The non-profit hospital also provides a birthing center, physical rehabilitation, adult behavioral health and a Level III Trauma Center. Henry Ford Health Center - Brownstown offers medical imaging, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care, a sleep studies lab and other services. Established in 1926, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is a member of Henry Ford Health System. The hospital is managed by CEO Denise Brooks-Williams.