Published on February 10, 2020

MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena Recognized as Level III Trauma Center

Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena team and administration holding the trauma designation certificate.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena has been designated a Level III Trauma Center in recognition of the hospital’s specialized capabilities to provide life-saving treatment for critically injured patients. Pictured left to right are: Chuck Sherwin, R.N., president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Deb Pokorzynski, interim vice president; John Dery, D.O., emergency medicine physician; Thomas Thornton, M.D., trauma program medical director, and Tanya Rouse, R.N., trauma program manager.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has designated MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena as a Level III Trauma Center, in recognition of the hospital’s specialized capabilities to provide life-saving treatment for critically injured patients.

“This means we have demonstrated that we can promptly assess, resuscitate and stabilize injured patients and provide high-quality surgery, intensive care and emergency operations,” said Tanya Rouse, B.S.N., R.N., trauma program manager and paramedic. “We also work closely with our colleagues at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, which is a Level II program, to provide advanced care for trauma patients across our health system.”

The trauma team consists of board-certified emergency medicine physicians and general surgeons with Advanced Trauma Life Support certifications, plus specially-trained nurses and support staff. 

The program also includes:

  • A comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Expedited transfer agreements for patients who need more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center
  • Back-up care for rural and community hospitals
  • Continuing education for nurses, allied health professionals and trauma team members
  • Injury prevention outreach for the surrounding communities 

To achieve Level III designation, the hospital completed an onsite visit from state surveyors, an extensive application, and a three-year training process. It is currently the only Level III designated Trauma Center in the northern region of Lower Michigan. 

“This recognition is thanks to the many departments and disciplines that are working hard every day to save lives and provide excellent care,” said Thomas Thornton, M.D., program medical director and vice president of medical affairs, who specializes in general surgery and hyperbaric medicine. “I am proud that we are able to provide this level of expertise in our community.”

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