Saint Francis Medical Center has been reaccredited as the region’s only Level III Trauma Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Unit of Emergency Medical Services.
Trauma centers are hospitals with resources immediately available to provide efficient nursing and medical care as well as surgical intervention to reduce the likelihood of death or permanent disability. Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life-threatening and disabling injuries. Saint Francis’ Emergency and Trauma Center is the region’s only state-designated Level III Trauma Center.
“All accredited trauma centers must meet a stringent set of requirements, which are re-evaluated every five years,” says Robert Grayhek, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Patient Logistics and Trauma Services. “The accreditation process examines regulatory compliance within the categories of quality, education, systems, personnel and facilities and involves both substantial documentation and an on-site review.”
Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, Saint Francis President and Chief Executive Officer, adds, “Because of the Medical Center’s commitment to the community, it has invested in the development, continued improvement and certification necessary to be deemed the region’s only Level III Trauma Center, and it has been shown to improve both the quality of patient care and patient outcomes.”
Grayhek continues, “The multidisciplinary, systematic approach to care within our trauma system is key and was favorably commented on more than once during the on-site review. If anyone on the team drops the ball, it can greatly affect the patient’s experience and outcome. The reaccreditation is a tribute to everyone on the team – including people that clean the room, dietitians, nurses, and doctors and surgeons – everyone has a critical role in delivering this high level of care, and I am very thankful for their great participation.”
Serving more than 40,000 people annually, the Emergency and Trauma Center features hospital-based, board certified emergency medicine physicians and trauma surgeons who provide critical care 24/7 with the help of advanced diagnostics. Recently expanding in both physical size and the number of physicians, this state-of-the art facility offers 26 private treatment rooms, all with direct access to bathrooms, as well as three trauma rooms, two triage rooms and a special procedures room. Patients at the Emergency and Trauma Center have direct access to the Medical Center’s certified Chest Pain Center (for immediate response to patients having a heart attack) and the Medical Center’s accredited Stroke Center (for patients having a stroke-related emergency). Patients also have access to the Medical Center’s advanced medical technology, including a 64-slice CT scanner, the latest X-ray equipment and other new technology.