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Saint Alphonsus Trauma Center Receives Level II Re-Verification
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07/23/2013
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Re-verification reflects optimal care for injured patients throughout the Saint Alphonsus Health System

Boise, ID – Saint Alphonsus Trauma Center has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the Trauma Center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

The ACS’ Committee on Trauma Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers who 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 with care that is delivered on-scene or in local hospital emergency rooms all the way through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. Each hospital has a rigorous on-site review by a team of experienced site surveyors, who use the current  manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.

“For decades, Saint Alphonsus has always taken pride in providing the best possible care for the most critically ill and injured patients in our area,” said Sally Jeffcoat, Saint Alphonsus Health System President and CEO.  “The surveyors were very impressed by our commitment to the Trauma Center Program, and noted that our volume and acuity level is comparable to many Level I Trauma Centers.  They also remarked on the very strong commitment to our Trauma service from orthopedics, neuroscience, trauma and intensive care teams, and complimented our exceptional Trauma Program leadership.”

“Our Level II Trauma Center re-verification is a result of dedicated, hard work by physicians, clinical care staff, and associates around the Regional Medical Center in Boise,” said Dr. Bill Morgan, Saint Alphonsus Trauma Medical Director.  “It is also a testament to the work on integrating best practices that our pre-hospital providers and local emergency departments throughout our region have done to be committed to the optimal care of the trauma patient.”  

“Because Saint Alphonsus works relentlessly to maintain our trauma quality distinctions, we make the overall care all our patients receive that much better,” confirms Jeffcoat.  “This is not just relevant in Boise, but is visible through the clinical integration work currently underway throughout our health system in Nampa, Ontario and Baker City.” 

About Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Saint Alphonsus is a 387-licensed bed regional medical center serving people throughout the Northwest. As a not-for-profit medical center, Saint Alphonsus reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community based. Saint Alphonsus focuses on providing services in a spiritual, healing environment, and is renowned for its state-of-the-art digital environment and pioneering technologies; award-winning clinical services; and the region’s only Level II Trauma Center. Saint Alphonsus is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System, a four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system serving the full range of the health and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health.
For information about Saint Alphonsus visit www.saintalphonsus.org.   

About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients. For more information about the American College of Surgeons visit www.facs.org

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