February 24, 2015 (BOSTON) – Tufts Medical Center’s trauma center has been re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement reaffirms the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal and comprehensive care for patients with every type of injury.
The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program ensures that Level I trauma centers have all the resources necessary for trauma care and provide leadership in trauma care, research, education and injury prevention. The ACS conducts a rigorous onsite review and requires that a large number of specific criteria be met in every trauma-related subspecialty to re-verify Level I status.
Tufts Medical Center was required to display superiority in each of the trauma subspecialties, as well as the entire spectrum of care, to successfully meet the needs of all critically-injured patients. Tufts MC also conducts groundbreaking research to advance trauma care and demonstrates strength in teaching, thoroughly training fellows, residents, emergency medical technicians and nurses to become trauma experts. In addition, the Medical Center operates a thriving trauma prevention program, which is leading research aimed at reducing bicyclist injuries, promotes awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving and launched “A Matter of Balance,” a nationally-developed program aimed at preventing falls, the number-one cause of trauma cases seen at Tufts MC.
After completing their review, the Committee concluded that Tufts MC’s trauma center has demonstrated a commitment to providing the most advanced, well-rounded trauma care available.
“We are extremely pleased that ACS has re-verified our trauma program as Level I,” said Reuven Rabinovici, MD, Chief of the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Tufts Medical Center. “The re-verification confirms again that we have the capability and expertise to continue to provide the highest level of cutting-edge, quality care to the most seriously injured patients.”
About Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital
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 Tufts Children's Hospital. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Children's Hospital 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.
About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.
About the Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma '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 prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.