The trauma center at Good Samaritan has been verified as a Level III Trauma
Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee
of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing
optimal care for injured patients.
“We are extremely proud of our Emergency Services team and the entire
organization on all of their hard work to receive this verification,”
stated Rob McLin, President and CEO. “This achievement illustrates
Good Samaritan’s commitment to providing our patients with the highest
level of care. Residents throughout our service area should take comfort
knowing that, should the need arise, we are trained to deliver the best
This verification means that Good Samaritan is the 4th Indiana Level III Trauma Center in the state and the only verified trauma
center in the Wabash Valley. After years of active participation within
the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee, Good Samaritan has helped to
realize the organization’s goal to expand statewide care for injured
patients as the 13th overall verified trauma center in the State of Indiana.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, COT’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 a Level III trauma Center,
Good Samaritan must have:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by ER physicians and the prompt availability
of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
- A comprehensive quality assessment program.
- Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a
Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
- Back-up care for rural and community hospitals.
- Continued education of the trauma team.
- Be involved with prevention efforts and have active outreach programs.
The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification provides confirmation
that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the
highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the
designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health
care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical (EMS) authority.
There are five separate categories of verification in the COT’s program
(Level I Trauma Center, Level II Trauma Center, Level III Trauma Center,
Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center),
each with specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that
level of verification.