TriStar StoneCrest
November 27, 2018

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center has achieved Level III Trauma Center designation by the State of Tennessee Department of Health through the Office of Emergency Services. The designation completes a multiyear process of preparation by the hospital and an extensive on-site survey by the state. One of the most important benefits for critically injured patients transported to TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is quicker access to a higher level of care or expedited transfer if necessary.

"The designation is a milestone achievement for the hospital and staff," said Lou Caputo, CEO of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. "It is a testament to our facility's commitment to providing and investing in the highest quality health care to the expanding communities we serve."

The designation as a Level III Trauma Center is the result of many hours of hard work and coordination among multiple members of TriStar StoneCrest's care team. TriStar StoneCrest Trauma Program Medical Director, Dr. Willie Melvin and the hospital's trauma team spent months designing and refining systems and procedures to ensure a top caliber trauma program. Strict criteria must be met in order to receive trauma center designation, which include meeting specific requirements pertaining to hospital staffing, availability of physician subspecialists, response times, education, training and an increased focus on quality improvement; all supported by outreach and community education.

"The designation is the result of many hours of hard work and coordination among multiple members of our hospital care team," said Heather Thompson, RN, Trauma Program Director at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. "This hard work was verified recently when the state survey was conducted and TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center was awarded full program designation. We want the message to be clear that minutes matter in the care of a trauma patient, and we are ready to provide this service at a moment's notice."

About Tristar Stonecrest Medical Center

Celebrating 15 years of serving the community, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is a 109-bed facility located in North Rutherford County, Tenn. The TriStar Health hospital offers a full array of acute care services, including emergency care, general surgery, cardiology, obstetrics including a level 2 NICU, intensive care, vascular, neurology, sleep, breast, urology, urogynecology, physical medicine, outpatient diagnostic service, podiatry, orthopedics, joint, spine, otorhinolaryngology, and cancer care through Sarah Cannon at TriStar StoneCrest. Recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for four consecutive years, recipient of the Blue Distinction(R) Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, TriStar StoneCrest maintains its commitment to be the center of excellence for a national leader in providing quality healthcare. The facility is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Certified Primary Stroke Center and recognized by American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Accreditation. For more information visit TriStarHealth and click on TriStar StoneCrest.

About Tristar Health

TriStar Health is the largest, most comprehensive healthcare provider in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, supporting over 430,000 patients and nearly 453,000 emergency room visits annually. TriStar Health comprises 10 hospitals, 14 emergency rooms, 21 imaging locations, 14 CareNow Urgent Care centers, 58 TriStar Medical Group provider office locations and related care areas conveniently located in communities around the region. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Health, part of HCA's global network of cancer experts, offers a full range of services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation. Additional specialty care includes pediatric services provided through The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, advanced cardiology services provided through TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, and behavioral health services provided through TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion and TriStar Skyline Madison Campus. Services are supported by over 1,600 physicians and nearly 10,200 employees - including more than 4,000 nurses - who, above all else, are committed to the care and improvement of human life. TriStar Health is an affiliate of HCA, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services. Learn more at