Medical Center Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation
MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare and its trauma team have been working to save the lives of critically injured patients since the hospital first began providing trauma care. As a confirmation to the trauma team’s dedicated effort to providing high-quality trauma care, the Medical Center in Clare was recently designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
A Level IV Trauma Center has 24-hour emergency coverage by a provider who has Advanced Trauma Life Support certification, as well as a formal trauma program. Trauma program team members have undergone training for the safe and reliable management of injured patients, including the stabilization of seriously injured patients who need to be transferred to larger trauma centers, such as MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.
“We are proud of the dedicated effort our trauma team members have made while working toward this achievement,” said Ray Stover, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare and Gladwin. “Our patients can rest assured knowing that they will receive excellent care at our Medical Center in Clare, and that our staff has undergone extensive training in order to provide the highest level of trauma care to each and every patient.”
To be recognized as a Level IV Trauma Center, there was an onsite visit from state surveyors, an extensive application, and a two-year training process at the Medical Center.
According to Megan Hasse, trauma program manager, the staff works closely with members of the trauma team at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, which was verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma in 2014 and re-verified in 2017. The Clare team also worked with MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot, which was designated a Level III Trauma Center by the State of Michigan in 2018. “Together, we are proud to provide an advanced level of care for trauma patients throughout the MidMichigan Health system,” she said.
In 2014, the State of Michigan mandated a statewide trauma system which required all hospitals in Michigan to apply and receive certification from the State of Michigan or designation from the ACS. The ACS recognizes Levels I, II and III for trauma facilities, which the state also recognizes, along with its own designations of Level III and IV centers. The state provided guidelines, based on ACS criteria, for health care facilities to achieve certification as a trauma facility.