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2018-08-08 / Front Page

HNJH—Level IV Trauma Designation


Front – Denise Compton, Kim Cutrer, Dee Plominski, Julie Schmalzried, and Kirstin Nalette. Middle – Leah Brouwer, Katie Clark, Drew Zitnik, and Nichole Meher. Back – Devin Carson, Richard Wos, Jon Brown, and Kyle Bryers. Front – Denise Compton, Kim Cutrer, Dee Plominski, Julie Schmalzried, and Kirstin Nalette. Middle – Leah Brouwer, Katie Clark, Drew Zitnik, and Nichole Meher. Back – Devin Carson, Richard Wos, Jon Brown, and Kyle Bryers. Helen Newberry Joy Hospital (HNJH) has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Facility.

HNJH is the first hospital in the Upper Peninsula to receive this designation. As a Level IV Trauma Facility, HNJH becomes a designated part of the State-Wide Trauma System.

The overall goal of the trauma system is to reduce the incidence and severity of injury, as well as improve health outcomes for those who are injured.

Sarah Johnson, RN and Emergency Department director, stated, “As the first hospital in the Upper Peninsula to earn this designation, I could not be more proud of our team for the hard work they’ve put into this process. Staff members went above and beyond to make this happen, and we’re excited to continue providing the best emergency care possible. This designation is just another way we’re ensuring patients get the right care they do.”

The State of Michigan provides guidelines, based on American College of Surgeons criteria, for healthcare facilities to achieve certification as a trauma facility.

To become verified as a Level IV Trauma Center, HNJH created and enacted policies that were consistent with current standards in trauma care and staff education.

Some of the key components of the designation include:

* Having basic emergency department facilities to implement Advanced Trauma Life Support protocols with 24-hour laboratory and radiology coverage.

* Ensuring that nursing staff and providers have initial and ongoing training in trauma care.

* Having developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I, II or III trauma Center

* Being involved with prevention efforts and having an outreach program for referring communities.

What does the Level IV Trauma Facility mean for patients? The designation means that critical patients can come to HNJH, be stabilized and then transferred to a Level I, II or III as necessary. This is similar to what the emergency department currently does, but the main difference is the extensive training staff went through to earn this designation.

In the Upper Peninsula, healthcare facilities are geographically further apart, which makes it even more important to have a clearly defined trauma program.

For more information about Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, visit hnjh.org.

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