MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Medical Center has been reverified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma as a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Loyola is the only Level 1 trauma center in Illinois to be verified by the ACS. Verification helps ensure optimal quality care and excellent patient outcomes. Loyola's reverification is for three years.
The ACS verification, review and consultation program helps hospitals evaluate and improve trauma care. It provides an objective, external review of a trauma center’s resources and quality performance. A team of trauma experts completes an on-site review of the hospital. The team assesses relevant features of the program, including commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement.
A Level 1 trauma center is a comprehensive regional resource that serves as a tertiary care facility central to the trauma system. A Level 1 center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation. Level 1 trauma care requires sustained resources and cooperation among departments, and a broad and dedicated multidisciplinary team.
"We are gratified to receive this reverification," said Richard Gonzalez, MD, FACS, Loyola Medicine's division director of trauma, surgical critical care and burns. "It is recognition of Loyola’s extensive and continuing commitment to caring for our trauma patients."
The ACS is a scientific and education association of surgeons that works to improve the quality of care of surgical patients. The ACS Committee on Trauma strives to improve all phases of care for injured patients.
Loyola's trauma center offers a complete array of medical, surgical and ancillary services through an interdisciplinary program that serves the total needs of the injured patient.