Bassett Medical Center a Level II Trauma Center
September 2, 2016
Bassett Medical Center was recently verified a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), making it the only Level II trauma center in the eight-county region served by Bassett Healthcare Network and one of only a handful of trauma centers in central New York.
The trauma team at Bassett Medical Center is comprised of physicians in the specialties of Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Radiology who are specially trained and equipped to rapidly handle critically injured patients.
Dr. Shelby Cooper, medical director of the Trauma Program, notes, “The care provided at a trauma center compared with standard emergency departments has shown up to a 25 percent decrease in mortality for critically injured patients. The verification of our trauma program by ACS is important because it assures the public of our commitment to optimal care and continual performance improvement in order to assure the highest level of readiness for the severely injured patients who need our help and expertise.”
In 2012, New York State adopted the American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) standards and verification process. The ACS-COT focuses on improving care of severely injured patients and verifies all trauma centers in New York. This involves a site visit to evaluate the trauma program against a rigorous set of standards with a focus on commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care, and performance improvement.
Bassett Medical center has been a New York State designated trauma center since 1987.
Paul Campbell, manager of the Trauma Program, says, “Many people don’t realize that as a Level II designated trauma center, we also undertake public awareness campaigns to hopefully reduce preventable injuries. Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death for children and adults ages 1-44 in the U.S. The more we can do to educate the public on prevention, the greater our chances are of decreasing the number of individuals rushed to our trauma center in need of life saving care.”