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CCMH Re-certified as Community (Level IV) Trauma Care Facility

1/19/2012

Crawford County Memorial Hospital has successfully completed the categorization and re-verification process to be re-certified as a Community (Level IV) trauma care facility. Hospitals must re-apply every three years to participate in Iowa’s trauma system.

Iowa’s statewide trauma system is designed to assure that all people have access to an organized delivery system for trauma care. Furthermore, it pledges that critically injured patients are rapidly stabilized and provided with the appropriate resources necessary to care for their injuries.

“This certification validates the high level of preparedness our ER and Ambulance staff has achieved in providing proficient trauma care at Crawford County Memorial Hospital,” said Marty Bornhoft, RN, Manager of CCMH’s Emergency department.

Leading the CCMH categorization and re-verification process was David Wright, DO, Trauma Services Medical Director, and Lisa Steffen, RN, Trauma Nurse Coordinator.

An estimated 30,000 Iowans are rushed each year to hospitals for emergency evaluation and treatment due to traumatic injury. Furthermore, traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for persons in Iowa from 1 to 44 years of age and is often the most common cause of hospitalization. The cost of injuries is staggering, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and social support services.