Good Samaritan Medical Center Receives Level II Trauma Center Designation
November 03, 2013
Mary Jackson Meeks
Lafayette, CO (November 3, 2013) – Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center (EGSMC) has received Trauma
Level II designation from the Colorado State Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (SEMTAC). The
hospital was surveyed from Level II Trauma requirements by the American college of Surgeons (ACS) and the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This designation makes EGSMC Boulder
County’s newest Trauma Level II hospital.
Surveyors were particularly complimentary of the program that has been developed to serve the community.
- The Emergency Department has devised an active injury prevention program which includes classes for
different age groups that help prevent injuries.
- The Emergency Department participates with the Regional Emergency Medical & Trauma Advisory
Council (RETAC), in evidence-based practice improvements, such as preventing juries to patients who
were previously on backboards for extended periods of time.
The hospital was also complimented by the surveyors on the relationships it has developed with pre-hospital
providers (EMS) and the education programs it provides for them. For example, the hospital hosts a half-day
workshop for EMS providers twice per year for clinical credits which focuses on various topics in emergency
“This higher trauma designation level represents an important milestone for Good Samaritan and demonstrates
our commitment to the community,” says Dr. Barry Platnick, Trauma Medical Director. “It has always been our
goal to provide comprehensive emergency and trauma care to our patients. We have received overwhelming
support from our many EMS colleagues and their agencies because we are able to provide a higher level of
trauma care with more resources for the care of the communities we serve.”
In addition to Trauma services, the EGSMC Emergency Department also offers the following services:
- Certified Stroke Center
- Chest Pain Center Accreditation
- Senior Emergency Program
“We are excited to offer extended trauma services to our community,” says Judy Gorham, Director of
EGSMC’s Emergency Department. “We have been a beacon of health to many in our community and now with
this added service, we will be able to treat more acute cases.”
As a designated trauma center we are caring for the injured patient through the entire spectrum from prehospital
to discharge, transfer and rehabilitation if needed. Care is initiated through communication with prehospital
personnel or the presentation of the patient at our door.
Level II Trauma Centers provide definitive care for complex and severe trauma patients. Emergency
physicians and nurses are in-house and immediately available to the trauma patient to direct patient care and
initiate resuscitation and stabilization. A surgeon is available upon patient arrival in the Emergency
Department. A broad range of specialists, comprehensive diagnostic capabilities, and support equipment are
Specific Level II Trauma Center Requirements:
- Two on/call trauma surgeons 24 hours/7 days per week (24/7).
- Board Certified ED physicians 24 hours/7 days per week.
- Neurosurgeon on/call 24/7 and if they take call at another facility must have a primary & back up call
- Orthopedic surgeon on/call 24/7 with a 2nd call schedule or contingency plan.
- Plastic, hand and spine surgery available to the trauma patient, with spine available 24/7.
- Anesthesia available 24/7 and promptly available.
About Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center opened December 1, 2004 and is a community-based, 234 bed
acute-care hospital located in Lafayette, CO. The medical center is part of the SCL Health System (Sisters of
Charity of Leavenworth). Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center’s premier services include Level II Trauma,
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Primary Stroke Center,
Integrative Health and Healing Center, “baby friendly” birthing center and emergency services including a
Senior Emergency Room.
To learn more, visit www.exemplagoodsamaritan.org.
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center | 200 Exempla Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026 | 303-689-4000