Borgess again receives verification as Level I Trauma Center

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 Borgess Medical Center has once again received verification as a Level I Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

With its long tradition of exceptional care for the traumatically injured patient, Borgess has developed and continually updates the full array of specialist services needed to manage the complexities of trauma care. 

Contributions from multiple specialty services are essential for this verification – from the Borgess Emergency & Trauma Center, where life-saving hospital care begins, through trauma surgery and advanced critical care units, to inpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Unit for those who suffer brain injury, all the way through important follow-up care provided after the patient has been discharged from the hospital.   

“Borgess Medical Center and its associates have the comprehensive skills, resources and equipment necessary to provide advanced treatment and rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered traumatic injury,” said Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health.  “No one ever wants to think about the possibility that a loved one could be involved in a serious accident, but should the unthinkable occur, the residents of southwest Michigan can have confidence that Borgess is standing by to provide the best care possible.”

The ACS Level I verification survey is based an onsite inspection and evaluation of clinical and operational capabilities.

Exceptional care provided with full array of specialist services on 24/7 basis

The BMC Emergency & Trauma Center has served as many as 57,000 patient visits per year, with over 7,000 of these related to trauma.

Care for injured patients begins before they reach the medical center.  The Emergency & Trauma Center staff works closely with EMS personnel and West Michigan AirCare staff to ensure that skilled and experienced personnel and resources are fully ready when the patient arrives.  Borgess also provides ongoing trauma training programs for healthcare personnel. 

As part of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, Borgess Trauma Services encourages safety and injury prevention with a program in high schools that teaches teenagers to “use your brain to protect your body.”

Trauma Services also has a Bike Safety program with local schools and a summer camp for children who have suffered severe burns.  Trauma Services also sells and encourages use of helmets in coordination with local schools and area ski resorts.  Hundreds of helmets are custom-fitted and delivered to help keep children and families safe.

For more information on injury prevention services, please call 269.226.8135 or 1.800.828.8135.

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Borgess Medical Center is also accredited as a full Cycle II Chest Pain Center by the Society for Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).  Borgess utilizes a systematic approach that reduces time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective. 

In addition, Borgess Medical Center is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.  The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that provide the advanced, comprehensive services to achieve optimal outcomes for the stroke patient.

About Borgess Health

Borgess Health is a health system that offers high quality care in such areas as cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, vascular surgery, women’s health, primary care, emergency medicine, bariatrics, imaging, and long-term acute care. Borgess Health includes Borgess Medical Center, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice, Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice (now part of Reverence Home Health & Hospice), Borgess Staffing Solutions, Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess Gardens and many additional owned or affiliated services. The 123-year-old health ministry serves residents of 10 counties. It is one of the area’s largest health care providers and also is one of the largest employers. Borgess Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.