The trauma center at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) has again received designation as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment (KDHE). Every three years, designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.
“We know that every second matters when a life-threatening injury occurs. Trauma center designation is a key part of the overall statewide trauma system which increases the chance of survival and reduces permanent injury for patients in Kansas,” said KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier, MD, MBA. “On behalf of families and visitors in our state, we congratulate Rooks County Health Center for serving this vital role”.
Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE’s Trauma Program works to assure those that are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the best chance of recovery.
There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center designations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest level of care possible (Level I) to hospitals designated Level IV.
Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role in the trauma care system is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to the appropriate higher level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.
RCH is one of the few critical access hospitals in Kansas that is willing to make the immense effort and incur the expenses necessary to attain Level IV designation. As RCH staff explained, the necessary higher levels of staff training and education required to obtain Level IV, coupled with the advanced equipment required, is possible due to the support and commitment of the hospital board and administration. As one RCH nurse stated “ We just hold ourselves to a higher standard. This is the right thing to do for our community, so we at RCH make the effort and make sure we get it done”.