OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Re-Verified as Level I Trauma Center
Level I status is the highest accreditation given to trauma services
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center has been re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), a subcommittee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Level I verification means the highest quality of surgical care is provided to trauma patients. Grant has been awarded its certificate of verification every three years since 1993.
A variety of criteria must be met to be verified as a provider of this highest level of trauma care. It includes having specialized surgeons on-call and in the hospital around the clock, a helipad to transport patients (Grant recently added a new dual helipad and can now accommodate three medical helicopters on-site at once), physicians and nurses specially trained in trauma care, state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, providing injury prevention programs in the community and conducting research in an effort to improve trauma care in the state and across the nation.
“Knowing that we have again met the highest possible standards speaks to the level of care provided by our trauma team at Grant,” said Matthew L. Moorman, MD, FACS, FCCP, FAWM, FCCM, medical director, trauma and acute care surgery at Grant. “Grant’s exceptional trauma program is a point of pride for the hospital and something
we are well known for in the community. As Grant’s trauma volumes continue to increase, we continue to focus on providing the best possible care quickly and effectively to patients using our evidence-based protocols.”
Grant’s trauma program remains the busiest in Ohio and one of the busiest in the country. The trauma volume has climbed steadily over recent years and is now regularly setting new records for the number of trauma patients treated. This re-verification means Grant has the systems, personnel, facilities and ongoing self-assessment procedures in place to provide the best possible care to trauma patients, regardless of severity or complexity.
“With this re-verification, our local and regional community members can take comfort knowing that the highest level of care and most qualified staff are right here in central Ohio,” said Shay O’Mara, MD, MBA, FACS, OhioHealth system chief of trauma and acute care surgery. “The team at Grant works closely with the trauma teams at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and other regional non-OhioHealth hospitals to provide seamless patient care throughout the region.”
Grant earned a continuation of the Level I verification after a review and site visit in February from VRC reviewers. Re-verification takes place every three years. There are nearly 300 criteria that must be met to be re-verified. Grant had zero criteria deficiencies and multiple strengths identified.