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Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center awarded verification as Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons

09/13/2011

Certification confirms hospital’s reputation as a high-level pediatric trauma facility

BOSTON – The trauma center at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center has been verified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), a subcommittee of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. This certification recognizes the trauma center's dedication, commitment and ability to provide optimal care for all pediatric trauma patients.

“Trauma injuries constitute the leading cause of death in children, more than infections, tumors and other diseases combined,” said Walter J. Chwals, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM, Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Floating Hospital.  “Earning the highest level of certification of the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center is extremely important because it affirms our ability to treat all aspects of pediatric trauma at one location, in a state-of-the-art fashion.”

Achieving Level I Trauma Center verification from the nationally renowned and highly respected American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a tremendous tribute to the depth and breadth of a hospital’s services.  The ACS conducts an extremely thorough, stringent and rigorous onsite review and requires that a multitude of highly specific, established criteria be met in every single subspecialty to warrant Level I status.  Level I verification validates that a trauma service has pediatric educated staff in every trauma-pertinent subspecialty, state-of-the-art clinical services, a robust clinical/basic scientific research program, an extensive program of intra- and extramural education for health care professionals, as well as an ample and diverse community injury prevention education program for children and their families.

“We could not have achieved this prestigious certification without the extraordinary efforts and contributions of our physicians, surgeons, nurses, intensivists, anesthesiologists, support staff and administration and the generosity of the Kiwanis Foundation, which helps support our trauma program, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute,” said John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, Pediatrician-in-Chief and Chief Administrative Officer at Floating Hospital.  “It was truly a team effort from top to bottom and the end result reaffirms the renaissance of Floating Hospital.”

“We are exceptionally proud of this accomplishment and very excited to be able to offer the finest pediatric trauma services available to both our local patients and those referred from our affiliate hospitals,” said Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “This achievement is especially significant for our friends in the Chinatown and surrounding communities, as parents can be assured that if needed, their children will have access to the highest level of trauma care right in their own neighborhood. It is also good news for the entire region as many very sick and seriously injured children come to us from our affiliate hospitals and far-reaching communities.”

In order to satisfy the criteria of an ACS Level I Trauma Center, a hospital must exhibit excellence, expertise and diversity in every single pediatric trauma subspecialty, including surgery, radiology, anesthesiology and emergency medicine.  The hospital is also required to demonstrate a strong presence in teaching, successfully educating its residents, medical students, emergency medical technicians and nurses to be the next generation of pediatric trauma experts, and in research, conducting and publishing scientific studies to continuously improve pediatric trauma care by increasing the general knowledge base of practitioners.

To qualify for Level I status, the ACS also expects a hospital to show that it is at the forefront of trauma prevention education.  Floating Hospital has invested extensive time, funding and resources into educating the community on best practices to avoid pediatric trauma injuries. Outreach initiatives at schools, recreation facilities and other public forums, include providing safety tips for the home (kitchen, garage, etc.), for various seasons (water safety, skiing/sledding safety, Halloween safety, etc.), and other general pointers, such as wearing a helmet when riding a bike, using a proper car seat, wearing a seat belt and the appropriate procedure for crossing the street.  In an attempt to avoid future accidents, Floating Hospital also extends prevention education to parents of children who have been treated for trauma injuries and offers safety education designed specifically for children.

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About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Lechan
(617) 636-0104
jlechan@tuftsmedicalcenter.org