PAOLA, KAN. (Feb. 24, 2014) – Miami County Medical Center (MCMC) has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
"Trauma center designation is one component of a comprehensive statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources," said Robert Moser, MD, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. "We congratulate Miami County Medical Center for serving as a vital resource when every second matters."
Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher-level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.
“This trauma center designation demonstrates MCMC’s commitment to meeting the immediate needs of our community,” Paul Luce, Vice President of MCMC, said. “When seconds count, our trauma team is prepared to provide immediate patient assessment, intervention, and appropriate patient disposition. We can ensure that more patient needs are met while staying in our community.”
Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.
Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE's trauma program works to assure those who are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care offering them the best chance of recovery.