Stormont Vail Health Trauma Center Again Receives Level II Verification
This achievement recognizes the Trauma Center’s dedication to providing optimal care for critically injured patients and is the gold standard for trauma care. This verification will last through April 14, 2021.
“When it comes to Trauma-related injuries, time is of the essence. This verification shows that our facility is prepared to provide exactly what those patients need,” Rob Kenagy, M.D., president and chief executive officer, said. “The time and effort that goes into our trauma program demonstrates the commitment we have to ensuring the residents of eastern Kansas have high-quality, evidence-based care with outcomes proven to be superior to care received at non-trauma verified hospitals,”
Stormont Vail first achieved Level II verification in 2009, after the completion of the Emergency & Trauma Center.Stormont Vail Hospital is one of only two Level II centers in Kansas and the only one located in Topeka.
Among the many requirements necessary for Level II status is a Trauma Response Team composed of: board certified general/trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians; trauma advanced practice providers; ED nurses; critical care nurses; rapid response nurses; OR nurses; anesthesia staff; respiratory therapy; pharmacists; lab; blood bank; social work; security; radiology techs; and chaplain services.
“Our trauma team consists of all the excellent staff that work at Stormont Vail – nurses, physicians, patient care technicians, case management, Spiritual Care and more," Angela Gamber, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, administrative director of Emergency, Trauma & Surgery, said. “In addition, our trauma team is enhanced by our community partners such as our EMS providers and law enforcement."
Verification also requires a trauma support staff which performs trauma performance improvement analysis, maintains the trauma registry and conducts educational outreach to the community.
“Our dedication to providing trauma care has enhanced the care we give to all our patients," Gamber said.
About Stormont Vail Health:
Stormont Vail Health is a nonprofit integrated health system that has been serving the health care needs of Kansas for more than 130 years. It is composed of Stormont Vail Hospital, a 586-bed acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 500 providers, which includes more than 250 physicians. Nearly 5,100 employees provide care and support services for patients in the hospital and 35 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Digestive Health Center, Pediatrics clinics and 10 regional primary care clinics. Stormont Vail Health is committed to its mission of improving the health of the community by being a national leader in providing compassionate, high-quality and efficient integrated care through collaboration that results in a healthier community.