The trauma center at Good Samaritan in Vincennes, Indiana has been verified
a second time 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. Good Samaritan Trauma was first verified in 2016.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the 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.
“Good Samaritan’s Trauma verification allows our specialized
and experienced multidisciplinary team to care for patients suffering
from major traumatic injuries,” said Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Office.
“This verification means that our trauma program is committed to
readiness, patient care and performance improvement, and also has resources
and polices in place for trauma care. Meeting this rigid criteria indicates
that we are dedicated to providing the most optimal trauma care to our
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.
The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does
not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program 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 the local, regional, or state health
care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS)
There are five separate categories of verification in the COT’s program.
Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking
that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team
of experienced site reviewers, who use the current
Resources for the Optimal care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.
“To be a trauma center, there are pages of requirements and standards
to meet. Since first becoming verified, we have continued to grow and
elevate our expectations,” said Mary Pargin, Trauma Program Manager. “We focus daily on improving trauma care and patient outcomes.
Every department has a role to play in providing this level of care and
I am so proud of the work being done!”
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association
of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical
education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.
The College has more than 72,000 members and it is the largest association
of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS
in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate
for all surgical patients.