Alaska Native Medical Center re-verified as Level II Trauma Center
Trauma centers a key component in statewide trauma system...
August 04, 2003
"ANMC became a Level II trauma center in 1999 and continues to demonstrate its commitment and support of trauma care in Alaska," Dr. Frank Sacco, ANMC Chief of Trauma Services said. Because of its leadership and example, several other hospitals have expressed interest in trauma center certification. Within the past year, Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome and Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Hospital in Bethel were certified as Level IV Trauma Centers.
"Trauma centers are a key component in the development of a statewide trauma system," Joel Gilbertson, Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services (DHSS) Commissioner said. "A statewide system helps ensure ready access to care for all injured Alaskans, and we commend Alaska Native Medical Center for their leadership to improve trauma care in Alaska."
By statute, DHSS has adopted
the ACS criteria for Trauma Centers. State certification requires
an on-site evaluation by ACS for Levels I, II, or III. Under
state regulations, Level IV verification requires a site visit
review by a state sponsored medical team, based on ACS criteria.
These trauma center site visits evaluate patient outcomes and
stress institutional commitment to improving care. Level II Trauma
Center is the highest level achievable in Alaska.
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