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Published on September 10, 2012

Avera McKennan Receives Reverification as a Level II Trauma Center

SIOUX FALLS (Sept. 10, 2012) – Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has once again been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Avera McKennan’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Avera McKennan has held this designation since 1992, when it became the first verified Level II Trauma Center in the state of South Dakota.

"Level II verification is a key measure of the level of care that Avera McKennan provides. It means that severely injured patients can receive immediate, life-saving care for the best possible outcomes,” said Dr. David Kapaska, regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan. “We are extremely proud of our experienced surgical, neurosurgical and emergency medicine teams which make Level II designation possible. This ultimately benefits patients and their family members who are suddenly faced with serious injury.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals 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 pre-hospital 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' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

Avera McKennan is one of three Regional Trauma Hospitals in South Dakota as designated by the South Dakota Department of Health’s Trauma System. This means a hospital is a verified Level II Trauma Center, has 24/7 emergency physician coverage, has a trauma surgeon at all trauma team activations, and has neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons who are continuously and promptly available. In addition, Avera McKennan’s Trauma Team is comprised of respiratory therapy, CRNAs and chaplains. The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients.

Verified hospitals complete an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey. Those leading the Level II verification process at Avera McKennan included Becky MacManus-Hexum, RN, trauma coordinator, and Dr. Michael Person, trauma medical director.