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Trauma Center Verification

Bjorn, Pret pbjorn at emh.org
Wed Apr 26 16:59:45 BST 2006

My hospital just passed our FIRST Level II verification in December
(Yippee!), and we learned a TON over a full decade of preparation and
improvement.  Our pursuit of verification made us a completely different and
demonstrably better organization.  We owe much to the College, as do our
referring colleagues, and surely our patients.  At every opportunity, our
ACS consultants and surveyors were immensely candid, constructive, and
encouraging.  However considerable the stress and anxiety we endured, it was
by no means the fault of the ACS.  They were outstanding.

I as well am happy to lend whatever help and advice I can (such as it is) to
friends on the List.  I'd start by suggesting what may only be obvious after
one has fully experienced it: that verification must be thought of as a
continuous ongoing process, not something you do every three years.  

We're aiming to reach a point where our day-to-day operations will obviate
(or at least minimize) the need for survey preparation.  For the most part,
what the College requires is extremely reasonable and, by definition, a fine
framework around which to structure a high-performance hospital trauma

Pret Bjorn, RN
Eastern Maine Medical Center Trauma Program

-----Original Message-----
From: aarantz at comcast.net [mailto:aarantz at comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:26 AM
To: Trauma & Critical Care mailing list
Subject: Re: Trauma & Criticalcare Surgery 2006

As we are just about a year away from our fourth re-verificaiton site visit,
any new inforamtion or suggestions regarding this process, and how it may be
changing, would be greatly appreciated. 
Please feel free to respond off list, if you prefer. 
Rick Pomerantz
Trauma Director, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Ann Arbor, Michigan
pomeranr at trinity-health.org

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: KMATTOX at aol.com 

> Attached is the third in a long series. I am going to be out of my office 
> for a couple of a weeks or more...... so delay in next one..... 
> On another note. We just went through our 7th Level I trauma Center 
> Verification visit. The surgeons and nurses have some very valuable 
> suggestions to 
> those who might be undergoing verification visits in the future. The 
> process has improved remarkably since the earliest days of this program,
> back 
> in the early 1980s. 
> k 

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