February 01, 2019
TriStar Skyline Medical Center is pleased to announce it has achieved verification as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level II Trauma Center. TriStar Skyline has been designated a Level II Trauma Center by the State of Tennessee Department of Health since 2016, and has now become one of only four hospitals in the state to receive this additional, national recognition. In 2018, TriStar Skyline treated over 3,200 trauma patients injured in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.
"For patients, their families and the communities we serve, ACS verification confirms that TriStar Skyline has demonstrated a commitment to delivering the highest level of quality trauma care in meeting national standards," said Steve Otto, Chief Executive Officer at TriStar Skyline. "We are extremely proud of the life-saving work our team does each and every day."
This achievement recognizes the TriStar Skyline Trauma Center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
"We are proud to be one of two ACS verified trauma centers in our community and one of only four in the state," stated Roger Nagy, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Trauma Services for TriStar Skyline. "TriStar Skyline has built a trauma center from the ground up, achieving ACS verification in just four years. This significant achievement testifies to the dedication our team has to serving our community. I could not be more proud," he added.
R. Jason Thurman, MD, FAAEM, CPPS, Chief Medical Officer for TriStar Skyline, noted, "Our Skyline Team embodies a deeply held devotion to the timely and expert treatment of our patients at all times. We are honored and humbled by this recognition, which represents a culmination of our passionate dedication and hard work in our endeavors to provide the best possible care to those we serve."
The ACS survey, conducted by a team of reviewers who are experts in the field of trauma and surgical critical care, confirmed that TriStar Skyline provides the hospital resources necessary for trauma care and offers a broad spectrum of services to address the needs of injured patients. The verification process of the ACS includes a highly structured and extremely stringent review of all aspects of trauma care, including services and programs provided by the Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Acute Care, TICU, Lab, Diagnostic Imaging, Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention, and Outreach Education.
Verified trauma centers must meet criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined in national guidelines put forth by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current _Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient_ manual.