PIKEVILLE – The trauma services at Pikeville Medical Center have now been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a scientific and educational association that improves the quality of care for surgical patients. This achievement recognizes the Trauma Center’s dedication to providing appropriate care for injured patients.
It is now the only ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky.
As a verified Trauma Center, PMC is equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency care to patients suffering traumatic injuries caused by vehicle crashes, gunshots, assaults, falls or other incidents. The spectrum of care encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
Regulations require that trauma victims be transported to the closest trauma center, either by ground or air ambulance. With the verification, PMC’s Trauma Center is now serving a population of more than 400,000 people; increasing their chances of survival should they be injured. The verification process has already increased the number of patients seen in PMC’s Emergency Department.
“Studies have proven that patients suffering from severe traumatic injuries have a higher chance for survival and decreased rates of complications if they are treated in hospitals specializing in trauma care. The term ‘golden hour’ refers to the time period from being injured until the time the patient receives definitive trauma care. Patients have better outcomes if they are treated within this 60-minute period,” said PMC Chief Nursing Officer Debra Parsons.
Prior to PMC offering trauma services, many patients had to be transferred to facilities two hours away. Valuable time in the treatment process was lost.
“Our Trauma Center verification makes trauma victims safer by allowing them to be treated at our hospital instead of being transported to medical facilities further away. We firmly believe at PMC that where you live should not determine if you live,” PMC President and CEO Walter E. May said.
PMC received its Trauma Center verification by meeting specific criteria established by the ACS and passing an intensive site review by the ACS Verification Review Committee. PMC’s review showed no deficiencies.
“Becoming the only verified Level II Trauma Center in Kentucky and completing the ACS review with no deficiencies really shows the level of preparation and dedication that we put into the process,” said William Peery II, MD, trauma surgeon and medical director of Trauma Services at PMC.
Aaron Brown, MD, trauma surgeon and co-medical director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at PMC, stated, “This area has been in need of a trauma center for many years. PMC’s comprehensive trauma team stands ready to provide quality care to trauma victims.
PMC’s trauma team is comprised of physicians specializing in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, hand surgery, plastic surgery, oral/maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiology, interventional radiology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, urology, podiatry and pulmonology/critical care as well as mid-level healthcare providers, a trauma program manager, and nursing, respiratory, laboratory, radiology and case management staff.