LANCASTER – The trauma center at Antelope Valley Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
“The AV Hospital trauma care team is a highly skilled and educated group dedicated to saving lives,” AV Hospital Chief Executive Officer Edward Mirzabegian said in a statement. “This talented team has provided care to over 1,275 patients since opening on May 3, 2010.”
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. The verification program does not designate trauma centers, but is does provide confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated a commitment to high quality trauma care.
There are five separate categories of verification in the Committee on Trauma’s program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.
(Information via press release from Antelope Valley Hospital)