Trauma Center Verified
August 24, 2011
St. James Healthcare received notification that its Level III trauma center has been verified by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. According to the Committee on Trauma, this achievement recognizes St. James trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
“As a designated Level lll trauma center for southwest Montana, it is important that we maintain the resources and personnel to provide excellent care for all injured patients,” said Chuck Wright, President and CEO of St. James Healthcare. “Patients in our region are very reliant on the trauma services we provide because the next closest Level III trauma center is at least 90 miles from Butte. This verification validates that our trauma center provides the highest quality trauma care and meets the trauma criteria designated by the American College of Surgeons.”
The Committee on Trauma’s verification program was established in 1987 by the American College of Surgeons to promote the development of trauma centers in which participating hospitals provide not only the resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care for injured patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
To obtain the verification, a team of reviewers from the American College of Surgeons experienced in the field of trauma performed an on-site review of St. James Healthcare to ensure all the criteria for a Level III trauma center are being met.
As a Level III trauma center, St. James Healthcare provides a traumatologist, a surgeon trained specifically in trauma care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is able to treat all injuries except for the most serious brain injuries. That makes care safer and less costly because patients do not need to be transported to another facility for treatment.