The American College of Surgeons Trauma Verification Review Committee determines the trauma levels for Michigan hospitals. The group recently visited McLaren Port Huron and has re-certified the local hospital as a Level III trauma center by the ACS, along with their certification by the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The Level III designation demonstrates an ability to provide 24-hour coverage from emergency medicine physicians and prompt availability of specialized surgeons and anesthesiologists. It also recognizes comprehensive quality improvement programs and ongoing education of staff.
Level III centers provide back-up treatment for rural and community hospitals that have lower levels of trauma certification and also have transfer agreements with hospitals that have higher levels of trauma certification. Lake Huron Medical Center is certified as a Level III trauma center by the state of Michigan, and Ascension River District is a Level IV. The nearest Level I and II hospitals, for more serious trauma, are in Detroit and Flint. Certifications are an ongoing process for hospitals and take serious commitment to quality health care.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.