ACS Level II Verification
What does it mean?
St. Mary's of Michigan has a long history of excellence in trauma care. We achieved verification as a Level II Trauma Center in 2008 by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Receipt of verification as a Level II Trauma Center means the following for St. Mary's of Michigan and its patients:
- It confirms that we are functioning as a trauma center that meets strict criteria set forth by the ACS -- not just on paper, but also through on-site surgery
- These criteria are closely linked to improved outcomes for patients
- If EMS personnel in the field determine that a patient meets trauma criteria, the trauma team at St. Mary's of Michigan is activated
- This team is available 24/7, 365 days a year and is mobilized within 15 minutes -- waiting in the ER for the patient to arrive and already apprised of the patient's condition
- The on-call trauma team includes trauma surgeons, emergency room physicians, nurses, physician assistants, imaging, lab support, anesthesiology, neurology, and much more
- Verification demonstrates above-normal synergy between multiple departments at the medical center, including physician and nursing leaders in the trauma unit, emergency department and operating rooms, as well as imaging, laboratory, hospital administration, and EMS management
- Coordination to bring all these resources to bear rapidly
- Performance measures to ensure high standards