2018-10-11 / Local & State

Trauma Center Accreditation Granted To Fulton County Medical Center

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Pictured, left: Janelle Martin, MD.; Samantha Smith, BSN, RN, CCRN, CFRN; Tracy Deneen; Amy Whitsell, CRNP; Elizabeth Fisher, RN, Jordon Newman, and Doug Stern, D.O. Pictured, left: Janelle Martin, MD.; Samantha Smith, BSN, RN, CCRN, CFRN; Tracy Deneen; Amy Whitsell, CRNP; Elizabeth Fisher, RN, Jordon Newman, and Doug Stern, D.O. Fulton County Emergency Services has announced that trauma center accreditation status has been granted to Fulton County Medical Center beginning November 1, 2018.

“The mission of the Fulton County Medical Center Trauma

Center is to provide rapid and appropriate assessment, stabilization and treatment of the trauma patient. The trauma center, with the policies and patient care guidelines that have been initiated, will directly affect and improve patient outcomes. “Our goal remains to provide exceptional care to every patient, every time,” said Janelle Martin, M. D., trauma program medical director at Fulton County Medical Center.

Pennsylvania Trauma Systems

Foundation (PTSF) is a non- profit corporation recognized by the Emergency Medical

Services Act (Act 1985- 45). The PTSF is the organization responsible for accrediting trauma centers in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “FCMC is in a rural area with tertiary hospitals at least an hour away. With our ability to take care of trauma patients, we have the training and protocols to treat, stabilize and prepare trauma patients for a safe transfer to a higher level of care. This drastically increases their chances for survival, or to save their limb, or whatever the medical need is. It also alerts the next medical team that the patient is on the way so they can prepare for their arrival and immediately continue their care. I am very proud of the FCMC team and their dedication to providing the best possible medical care,” stated Mike Makosky, president and CEO, Fulton County Medical Center. “We are only one of two critical access hospital in the country to receive this designation and we are very proud of that,” said Makosky.

Trauma centers are hospitals with resources immediately available to provide optimal care and reduce the likelihood of death or disability to injured patients. Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life threatening and disabling injuries. They are not intended to replace the traditional hospital and its emergency department for minor injuries.

In Pennsylvania, there are four levels of trauma centers. Level I trauma centers provide the highest degree of resources with a full spectrum of specialists and must have trauma re - search and surgical residency programs. Level II requires the same high level of care, but do not require research and residency programs and the following subspecialists: cardiac surgery, hand surgery, vascular re- implantation, oral/maxillofacial surgery, otorhinolaryngo - logical surgery, neurology, physiatry and psychiatry. Level III is smaller community hospitals that do not require neuro - surgeons and focus on stabilizing severe trauma patients prior to transport to a higher- level trauma center . They may admit patients with mild and moderate injuries. Level IV trauma centers pro - vide enhanced care to injured patients within the emergency department and focus on stabilization and quick transfer to a higher- level trauma center . They may admit mildly injured patients.

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