Friday, May 08, 2015
CLEVELAND – University Hospitals has announced plans to create a coordinated regional trauma network of UH hospitals. The initiative will enable UH to respond to community need for more immediate and enhanced access to high level trauma services in UH’s expanding coverage area.
As a next step, UH is working with input from local municipalities across Northeast Ohio to obtain Level I trauma center verification for UH Case Medical Center from the American College of Surgeons. ACS establishes criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.
The Level I trauma center at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland’s University Circle will coordinate with an extended regional trauma system that includes four existing Level III trauma centers at UH Geauga Medical Center, St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, and in Ravenna, Robinson Memorial Hospital, which officially joins UH later this year. Additionally, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, on UH’s main campus, is the region’s only Level I center for children and adolescents. The UH regional trauma network will provide better coordinated care because participating facilities have the same electronic medical record system, shared clinical processes and consistent staff training.