Marysville, KS – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This designation acknowledges that CMH has successfully met state standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training for the assessment and treatment of trauma patients. Level IV centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to larger trauma centers.
“Trauma center designation is one component of a comprehensive statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “We congratulate Community Memorial Healthcare for serving as a vital resource when every second matters.”
Traumatic injuries are a leading cause of death for Kansans between the ages of 1 and 44 years of age and are a life altering event for the elderly, and each day approximately 25 Kansans are injured severely enough to require services of a trauma center. KDHE’s Trauma Program works to assure those that are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the best chance of recovery.
On August 14, 2012 CMH Medical Staff passed a resolution to support the establishment of a Level IV Trauma Center under the direction of then Chief of Staff Dr. John Ryan. The resolution was then approved by the CMH Board of Directors on August 15, 2012. “It was rewarding to see the physicians and staff work together to meet the stringent trauma requirements of the State of Kansas,” Dr. Ryan said. “We believe the residents in this area deserve quality emergency care close to home when minutes matter most. We have been committed to the health of this community for 55 years, and will continue this pursuit well into the future.”
“Community Memorial Healthcare is proud to implement this program to best serve our area residents in an emergency,” said Curtis Hawkinson, FACHE, hospital administrator. “In the case of an emergency, including injury, stroke or heart attack, our hospital emergency department stands ready to treat these patients when time is of the essence.”
Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.
There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center designations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.
For more information, please contact Ashley Hermesch, Director of Nursing, at (785) 562-4458.