September 26, 2019
HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has received verification as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The hospital first received designation as a Level II trauma center in 2016 by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.
“This verification reinforces our ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of comprehensive care for trauma patients in our surrounding community,” said Paul Sharpe, director of trauma services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. “Our goal is to improve the quality of life and recovery for the most seriously injured from the moment they come to our hospital, until the time they return home.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is the only trauma center in western Richmond offering a range of services such as a specially trained trauma team and board-certified trauma surgeons across varying specialties. In addition, trauma experts specializing in orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, plastic and facial trauma, thoracic, gynecological/obstetrical, cardiac, and other surgical specialties are on call and immediately available 24/7.
The verification program was established by the ACS in 1987 and is headed by the verification review committee, an ad hoc team of the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. The program promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons.
In Virginia, the trauma designation process is voluntary and intended to identify the various levels of capability available at participating hospitals. There are three levels in the state. These include:
- Level I – facilities capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury from prevention to rehabilitation.
- Level II – facilities that are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.
- Level III – centers that have demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. For more information, visit https://www.facs.org/.
About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and four urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, four outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, and Spotsylvania Regional.