November 03, 2020
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center has achieved designation as a Level III Trauma Center by the State of Tennessee Department of Health through the Office of Emergency Services. The designation completes a nearly two-year preparation process by the hospital and an extensive on-site survey by the state. One of the most important benefits of this designation for critically injured patients transported to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is quicker access to a higher level of care or expedited transfer if necessary.
“This designation is a testament to the commitment and coordination of many members of our medical staff, clinical staff, EMS providers and nursing team, who worked hard to create a Trauma program that could provide a higher level of care for our patients presenting with traumatic injuries,” said TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center CEO Regina Bartlett. “Becoming a Level III Trauma Center underscores our commitment to providing and investing in the highest quality health care in the communities we serve.”
The Trauma team at TriStar Hendersonville spent months designing and refining systems and procedures to ensure a top-caliber trauma program. Strict criteria must be met to receive a higher-level trauma center designation, including meeting specific requirements pertaining to hospital staffing, physician subspecialists’ availability, response times, education, training, and an increased focus on quality improvement; all supported by outreach and community education.
According to the State of Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Services website, Trauma Centers are designated under the rules of the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities (BLHCF). Hospitals voluntarily seek trauma center designation to care for the most seriously injured patients to reduce patient mortality and morbidity. The Office of EMS is responsible for conducting the inspection process by contracting with qualified trauma surgeons and nurses and scheduling trauma center inspections conducted within a three-year designation period as stipulated in BLHCF rules.
“Achieving status as a Level III Trauma Center has been a concerted effort by our emergency, surgery, radiology, and nursing teams across the hospital,” said Todd Haines, RN, Trauma Program Director at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. “We want the message to be clear to our community that minutes matter in the care of a trauma patient, and TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is ready to provide this service at a moment’s notice.”
TriStar Hendersonville announced earlier this month that the hospital has added a new 256-slice Revolution CT to its medical imaging suite, which benefits patients by enabling clinicians to provide faster diagnoses and treatment plans for trauma patients, as well as in cases of stroke, heart attack, and other illnesses.