On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) received official notice from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) verifying the hospital as a Level IV trauma facility. To receive the trauma center designation, a hospital is required to have 24-hour availability of an emergency team consisting of specially trained healthcare providers who have expertise in the care of severely injured patients. Notably, ERMC was the first hospital in the state to pass the designation survey with zero deficiencies.
According to the MDHHS, trauma is the leading cause of death in people ages one to 44 in the nation and it accounts for 47 percent of all deaths in this age group. In Michigan, crash related deaths alone cost $1.04 billion per year. The overall goal of the Michigan Statewide Trauma System is to reduce the incidence and severity of injury as well as to improve health outcomes for those who are injured. Michigan has been engaged in formal trauma system development since 2000 to ensure the right patient gets to the right place at the right time.
A letter from the Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness Director Dr. Jacqueline S. Scott states, “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would like to congratulate Eaton Rapids Medical Center on its verification and designation as a Level IV trauma facility for a period of three years. The MDHHS recognizes this important achievement and the integral part Eaton Rapids Medical Center has in building a regionalized, coordinated and accountable trauma system in Michigan.”
“This was a two year process in the making,” explained Angela Ackley, MSN, RN Emergency Manager at ERMC. “By being a Level IV trauma facility, we have proven that our team can quickly stabilize critically injured patients and expedite transfers to higher levels of care. We have demonstrated that injury prevention education and process improvement are valuable to ERMC. We should all be so proud of this accomplishment.”