FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sarah Holt, Marketing Supervisor, (740) 374-1634 MARIETTA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TRAUMA CENTER RECEIVES VERIFICATION FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. (March 9, 2016) - MARIETTA,OH—The trauma center at Marietta Memorial Hospital has been re-verified as a Level 3 Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. At the Trauma Care Conference for the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center on November 18th and 19th, the Trauma Team at Marietta Memorial Hospital won the Golden Hour Award. This award is given to a referring hospital for excellence in trauma care given to a patient prior to transfer. The team won this award based on a case with transporting a patient who was in a car accident in Marietta, two hours away from Grant by ground. The weather was bad that night with snow, so the air medical transport could not fly the patient to Grant. Our trauma team knew that the patient had to get to Grant due to the extent of the injuries. Charles Levy, MD, neurosurgeon with Memorial Health System, performed a decompressive craniotomy because he knew the patient could not make the two-hour drive without it. After the successful surgery, the patient was then transferred to Grant for additional treatment, where they recovered well. “It is a great honor for us to be recognized by a nationally known trauma system such as Grant Medical Center in Columbus,” said J. Allen McElroy, MD, FACS, Trauma Medical Director at Marietta Memorial Hospital. “We are the busiest Level III trauma center in Ohio, and this award demonstrates the great quality of care we provide our trauma patients. Trauma requires a multidisciplinary approach, and I want to genuinely thank our entire medical system and specifically those who have contributed to our trauma program.” Beyond this award, the trauma team has been busy and successful in other areas. Marietta Memorial Hospital is a member of the Central Ohio Trauma System. Dr. McElroy is on the Ohio Committee on Trauma, the Board of Trustees for Central Ohio Trauma System, the Executive Board for Central Ohio Trauma System, is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons, an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor and on the Ohio Hospital Association Trauma Committee. Beyond Dr. McElroy, Carrie Lang, BSN, RN, Trauma Program and EMS Coordinator is a member of the Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Leaders (OSTNL), Co-chair of the OSTNL Level III Trauma Center Subcommittee, is on the Central Ohio Trauma System Trauma Program Manager Committee, the Central Ohio Trauma System Education Committee, is a Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) member, is an STN representative to the American College of Surgeons Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, and on the Ohio Hospital Association Trauma Committee. Finally, Sarah Beard, Trauma Registrar is a member of the Association of Ohio Trauma Registrars and Central Ohio Trauma System’s Trauma Registrar Committee. The trauma team is multidisciplinary and covers so many areas of the hospital. This verification of a Level III trauma center should be celebrated by the entire Memorial Health System family. The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for health needs of our communities in the future. You can learn more by visiting
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