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Monday, April 24, 2017

MidHudson Regional Hospital Receives Verification as a New York State Level II Trauma Center

MidHudson Regional Hospital is the first and only hospital in the Hudson Valley to Receive Level II Verification from the American College of Surgeons

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With over 20 years of experience as a New York State designated Level II trauma center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently passed a rigorous peer review process to become the Hudson Valley’s first and only trauma care program verified “Level II” by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

“A trauma center receiving verification from the ACS is key, as New York State now only utilizes the ACS verification program as its standard to designate trauma centers,” said Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital, all members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “This verification program applies a comprehensive review process that all centers interested in trauma verification must undergo for official status. No other trauma center in the Hudson Valley area has passed this strict scrutiny for Level II status.”

MidHudson Regional Hospital joins Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as ACS-verified trauma centers in the Hudson Valley, with Level I designation for adult and pediatric trauma care, respectively. 

“Thanks to our long history operating the area’s leading Level II trauma center, MidHudson Regional Hospital was in a prime position to earn the Mid-Hudson’s first ACS verification,” said Paul Hochenberg, Executive Director of MidHudson Regional Hospital.  “We are strongly committed to providing our community with the finest trauma care available, and are gratified that the American College of Surgeon’s has conferred this designation.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the national verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers that provide not only the institutional resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care – from pre-hospital to rehabilitation – to address the needs of all injured patients. To earn ACS verification, a trauma center must prove its strict adherence to best practice guidelines, demonstrate efficiency of treatment, invest in the continuing education of clinicians and staff, and have an institutional commitment to excellence in trauma care.

“MidHudson Regional Hospital is home to the mid-Hudson Valley’s most experienced trauma team, state-of-the-art trauma bays in the George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center, advanced radiology services and soon, the area’s first tele-trauma monitoring system, which will add a complementary layer of care to an already outstanding service,” Hochenberg added. “In addition to the expert clinicians working in the hospital, and with the strength of the WMCHealth Network, care is augmented by direct access to the resources of the Hudson Valley’s only ACS-verified regional Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers at Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. This allows for collaboration, education and a continuum of top-level trauma care from which local residents can benefit.” 

MidHudson Regional Hospital has four full-time, board-certified trauma surgeons on staff, complemented by an elite group of neurologists, orthopedists, vascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists and additional specialists.  The trauma program handled nearly 900 trauma activations in 2016, making MidHudson Regional Hospital one of the busiest and most-experienced Level II trauma centers in New York State.

The trauma program at MidHudson Regional Hospital proactively works to prevent trauma via community outreach and education.  For example, each year area seniors are invited to a complimentary fall prevention workshop featuring  interactive stations focused on learning one’s potential risks for falls, how to optimize personal stability, how to remove hazards in the home, and other vital information.  Additionally, MidHudson Regional Hospital offers Tai Chi classes to help improve balance and reduce the risk of in-home trauma, and regularly offers bicycle helmet fittings for children and teenagers.