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Published on June 06, 2013

Avera St. Luke’s Verified as Level III Trauma Center

ABERDEEN (June 6, 2013) - Avera St. Luke’s Hospital has received verification as a Level III Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), and is now the region’s only designated Area Trauma Hospital. Avera St. Luke’s is South Dakota’s third verified Level III Trauma Center (Designated Area Trauma Hospital).

This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s voluntary dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Verified Level III trauma centers provide comprehensive, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week trauma care with a team including trauma and orthopedic surgeons, Emergency Department physicians and staff, anesthesia coverage, radiology services and CT scanning, operating room availability, lab and blood bank resources, along with other hospital services critical for a trauma patient. In addition, Avera St. Luke’s CareFlight continues to help save lives and minimize the severity of injuries for people by providing emergency air transport services.

"The American College of Surgeons survey process is the gold standard of trauma center verification. Becoming a Level III Trauma Center is a great achievement and demonstrates our continued commitment and ability to meet high standards of quality patient care,” said Dr. Chris Larson, Avera St. Luke’s Trauma Medical Director. "We are committed to enhancing our emergency services to meet these high standards of care for our patients in this region.”

Trauma verification by the ACS-COT is a voluntary process and must be requested by individual health care facilities. During a two-day visit, a survey team from ACS-COT completed an on-site review and evaluation of Avera St. Luke’s trauma care. Avera St. Luke’s was previously listed as a Designated Community Trauma Hospital in South Dakota.

The state of South Dakota developed, implemented and administers a trauma care system, including a statewide trauma registry involving all hospitals in the state. There are only three South Dakota hospitals with a higher level of verification: Designated Regional Trauma Hospital-ACS Level II, in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The closest Level I Trauma Center is in the Twin Cities metro area, Minneapolis/Robbinsdale/St. Paul, Minn.