(BLOOMINGTON) –The IU Health Bloomington Hospital is proud to announce its re-verification as a Level III Trauma Center.
This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing excellent care for injured patients.
The Committee on Trauma (COT) for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a standing committee that works to improve all phases of care of the injured patient and to prevent injuries before they occur.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential and rigorous criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ACS’ Committee on Trauma. This is a voluntary process and five of our hospitals in the IU Health system have accomplished this prestigious recognition.
“Our team is humbled by the continued support of IU Health and we are honored to serve our community as a verified trauma center,” said Jackie O’Mullane, a trauma registrar for IU Health Bloomington Hospital. “As our team continues to grow, so will our efforts to ensure that we provide injury prevention education and high-quality traumatic care to our patients.”
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s verification program for hospitals promote the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care but the entire spectrum of care to address the
needs of all injured patients, from the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process, including injury prevention education and continuous process improvements.
There are separate categories of verification in the COT’s program, and each level has detailed criteria that must be met. Hospitals applying for ACS verification are visited by an on-site review team of experienced reviewers to assess the organization’s proficiency at fulfilling the required criteria.
“We are very proud of the exceptional achievements of our trauma care team and their dedication to continuous improvement, not only for this re-verification but every day,” said IU Health South Central Region President Brian Shockney. “IU Health Bloomington is the central trauma center for all of Indiana District 8 and, as such, is dedicated to its mission of ensuring
that everyone has access to the quality care and treatment that our trauma center provides.”
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 over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world and an important advocate for all surgical patients.
More information about verified trauma centers may be found at