Kentucky Children's Hospital Trauma Center Verified
By: Mary Margaret Colliver
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 7, 2009) – Kentucky Children's Hospital has been verified as a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
This designation recognizes the hospital's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. To be verified, trauma centers must meet criteria outlined by the committee to ensure trauma care and institutional performance.
The three-year approval given to Kentucky Children's Hospital is the highest level available. This signifies that the children's hospital and UK Chandler Hospital are leaders in pediatric trauma care for Central and Eastern Kentucky, says Dr. Joseph A. Iocono, director of the pediatric trauma program at the children's hospital and assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
"The evaluation measures standards in pediatric surgical care, and it also ensures that we have the additional resources to take care of the entire family during those challenging times when a loved one is seriously injured," Iocono said. "More than anything else, this verification demonstrates the commitment of UK HealthCare to the well-being of all our children. Kentucky Children's Hospital offers all the necessary pediatric trauma services required to meet our patients’ and their families’ needs."
Physicians and staff at UK Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital are committed to offering the highest quality of care possible for both adult and pediatric patients, says Bari Lee Mattingly, pediatric trauma coordinator for the children's hospital.
"In trauma care, the shorter the time from injury to arrival at a trauma center, the better the patient outcomes," Mattingly said. "As a parent, it's comforting to know that Level I pediatric trauma services are available here in Lexington. If my children are ever seriously injured, they will be taken here, to this pediatric trauma center. They will not have to be transported to another town or state to receive specialized pediatric care."
The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital has maintained continuous Level 1 verification since 1990, serving as the region's leader in trauma patient care, research and education. Last year, UK HealthCare professionals treated nearly 45,000 patients. More than 10,000 of those were children 14 or younger.
"With the development of the new Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, we now have a specialized care area in the Emergency Department just for children," said Dr. Craig Carter, medical director of pediatric emergency medicine at the children's hospital and assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics in the UK College of Medicine. "As a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, we now have a child-friendly, family-friendly environment and specialized physicians to provide outstanding pediatric trauma care."
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Verification/Consultation 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