AV Hospital certified as Level II Trauma Center

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)

  3 comments for “AV Hospital certified as Level II Trauma Center

  1. Ivy
    October 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Antelope Valley Hospital turns away poor people!

  2. Matt Keltner
    October 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t know if this is really something to boast about. “Trauma” from what? Gunshot wounds? Stab wounds? I’ve heard horror stories from several RNs who work at AV Hospital about things they’ve witnessed. I think this can be filed under the “something good, but ‘good’ for the wrong reason” category.

    • William
      October 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      I worked at a big trauma center down below in the 80s and 90s. They gave it up due so much uncompensated care and the expense among other reasons.

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