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Tufts Medical Center achieves Level 1 Trauma Center designation


Elite trauma status verified by American College of Surgeons Designation Approved by Mass. Department of Public Health

Boston, Mass. – Tufts Medical Center announced today the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has designated the hospital’s adult trauma service as a Level 1 trauma center. The designation comes after an extensive review by the American College of Surgeon’s Verification Review Committee, which examines the quality and capabilities of trauma centers across the country.

“This designation is an important landmark for our trauma center and Medical Center, as it reflects the expertise of our highly-experienced medical staff and the comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care we provide to our trauma patients,” said Reuven Rabinovici, MD, Chief of the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Tufts Medical Center. “Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 and receiving care at a Level 1 trauma center can decrease the likelihood of fatality from trauma by 25 percent.  Earning the highest level of certification by the American College of Surgeons affirms our ability to care for patients suffering from all levels of injuries, including those that are most life-threatening.”

The ACS conducts a rigorous onsite review and requires that a large number of specific criteria be met in every trauma-related subspecialty. Tufts Medical Center was required to display superiority in each of the trauma subspecialties, as well as the entire spectrum of care, to address the needs of all critically-injured patients.  Tufts MC also demonstrated strength in teaching, successfully training fellows, residents, emergency medical technicians and nurses to become trauma experts. In addition, the Medical Center conducts research to advance trauma care.  With its new Level 1 designation for adult trauma services, Tufts Medical Center now provides comprehensive care to all trauma patients, as the trauma service at Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center’s full-service pediatric hospital, had already been designated a Level 1 trauma center for children by the DPH.

“The ACS and DPH have appropriately set very high standards for Level 1 Trauma Center certification. We embrace those standards, and we built the systems and developed the staff expertise to meet them. This commitment reflects our mission of providing top-quality care to all who come through the doors of Tufts Medical Center,” said Eric Beyer, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center.  “From our local patients in our Chinatown neighborhood, to those referred from our affiliate hospitals and beyond, this designation recognizes the ability of all our staff including physicians, surgeons, nurses, and clinical and support staff, to provide the high quality care necessary to treat all trauma patients. We are honored to receive this designation and to serve our patients and community hospital affiliates”

“Receiving Level 1 verification from ACS means that our trauma program meets the highest standards in health care,” said William C. Mackey, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center. “The achievement is an outstanding tribute to the depth and breadth of Tufts Medical Center’s services and capabilities and speaks volumes about the exceptional quality care we offer.”

“We have been providing outstanding trauma care to patients who arrive at our emergency department for years; this designation provides them with continued assurance that they will always receive the most advanced trauma care available when they need it,” said Brien Barnewolt, MD, Chair and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.


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

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