Story County Medical Center Re-certified as a Community (Level IV) Trauma Care Facilit
8/19/2011

Story County Medical Center has successfully completed the categorization and re-verification process to be re-certified as a Community (Level IV) trauma care facility. 

Hospitals must re-apply every three years to participate in Iowa's trauma system, and based on availability of resources, they are classified into four areas including: resource trauma care facilities, regional trauma care facilities, area trauma care facilities and community trauma care facilities. Story Medical is classified as a community trauma care facility.

Leading the Story County Medical Centercategorization and re-verification process was Dr. Arthur P. Check, Trauma Service Medical Director, and Lisa Whitaker, RN, Trauma Nurse Coordinator and Director of Emergency Services at Story Medical.

“It takes a lot of dedication by many different team members to meet all of the equipment regulation and staff training requirements, so we are very proud that we didn’t receive any deficiencies on this re-certification,” said Whitaker.

Community trauma care facilities are most often located in rural areas and have the resources to provide initial stabilization for all trauma patients while preparing the patient for transfer when appropriate. If surgical and/or critical care intervention is necessary the patient may be transferred to an area, regional, or resource trauma care facility.

“This re-certification verifies that we are providing the emergency services needed in Story County,” said Gale Herrera Story Medical’s Chief Nursing Officer. “When we are well equipped, our patients are taken care of in the best possible manner, and that’s what really matters.”

Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for persons in Iowa from 1 to 44 years of age and is often the most common cause of hospitalization. The cost of injuries is staggering, costing billions of dollars in health-care and social support services. An estimated 30,000 Iowans are rushed each year to hospitals for emergency evaluation and treatment due to injury. This costs Iowans in increased medical expense and lost time in work and wages.

 The 1995 state legislative session established the Iowa Trauma Care System Development Act. It designated the Iowa Department of Public Health through its Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as the lead agency for trauma care system development and implementation. Iowa's trauma system went "on-line" January 1, 2001. 

The goal of Iowa's trauma system is to match the injured patient's needs to existing resources so optimal and cost-effective care is achieved. A systems approach to trauma care involves the collaboration of health-care providers across the continuum of care extending from prevention, to acute care, through rehabilitation. This system approach will reduce costs, disability, and death associated with traumatic injury. All hospitals, transporting ambulance service programs and rehabilitation centers are participating in Iowa's trauma system, which makes it an all-inclusive system.

Iowa's trauma system is designed to assure that all people throughout the state have access to an organized delivery system for trauma care and that critically injured patients are rapidly stabilized and provided with the appropriate resources necessary to care for their injuries. Iowa's trauma care system is an "all-inclusive" system involving out-of-hospital emergency medical services providers and hospital medical providers throughout the state. The system also assists ambulance service programs in determining appropriate trauma care facility destination based upon the patient's condition and travel time.  

For 60 years, Story County Medical Center, Story Medical Clinics and Story Medical Senior Care have been the trusted providers of high-quality, local healthcare services for the residents of Story County. Their modern South Campus creates a healing environment that matches the personalized care and clinical expertise of its medical staff.

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