WEST BLOOMFIELD – Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital 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 Marianne Franco, M.D., trauma medical director at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “Our dedicated team has worked relentlessly to achieve this designation, allowing us to care for more critical patients in the region.”
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.
- Continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel and the trauma team.
- Involvement with injury prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.
Last year, the emergency department at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital handled more than 41,000 patient visits.
About Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital is a 191-bed hospital with all private rooms, located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The hospital is focused on providing the highest quality clinical care, following a more than 100-year tradition of one of the country’s premier health systems. The hospital is staffed by physicians from the Henry Ford Medical Group – a group practice with a mission of clinical excellence, innovation, research and advanced medical education – as well as physicians from the community. It provides comprehensive, advanced care and is recognized for women’s and children’s health, neurosciences, orthopedics, cancer, and a wellness center with complementary therapies. Nutrition and health classes are taught in a 90-seat auditorium, and a greenhouse grows organic produce for patients, staff and community.